This scene is heavily inspired by several things. First and foremost is a biblical one, from Matthew 4:1-11, where Satan tempts Jesus by offering all of the kingdoms of the earth for one act of obedience. Which in turn inspired Darth Vader’s tempting of Luke in The Empire Strikes Back, where he offered to overthrow the Emperor and rule the galaxy as father and son.

Secondly, this photo of Goebbels standing by a model of the Berlin that Hitler envisioned. This is where all of the research about the Third Reich payed off (other than assuredly getting me on some Neo-Nazi Alt Right watch list).

And the third is the most literary, high brow, artsy academic reference of all, a scene from an obscure art film from the 1980’s. I share only the most erudite, intellectual allusions with my dear readers.