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In episode 6 of South of Hell, the main characters are in Purgatory waiting for a bus that will take them to Hell. The main characters escape to a place on the edge of Purgatory and there is a car there that (presumably) will drive them to the land of the living.

The car has a "D" sticker, which I first associated with Germany, but the show takes place in South Carolina and there are no connections to Germany in the plot; it must mean something else otherwise it's a horrendous continuity error. So I must have missed something that explains why a car in Purgatory would have a "D" on it.

What does the "D" sticker signify?

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For comparison purposes, here's a photo of an Germany sticker.

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  • "What does the "D" sticker signify?" Dead? BTW - does the German sticker have a slight bulge on the left and two prongs jutting out below it like that one? – Andrew Thompson Jan 11 '16 at 3:32
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    Edited to show a German sticker. No prongs. – Gayot Fow Jan 11 '16 at 3:36
  • In that case, I'd suspect that it was put on the car to cover the original sticker. Was the car featured in the show in a way that suggests it might appear again, or was it a 'one off'? – Andrew Thompson Jan 11 '16 at 3:41
  • There are no 'chekhov's guns' in the series; I watched all eight episodes and the car / sticker never appeared again. There are no prominent characters with initial 'D' that would make any sense. – Gayot Fow Jan 11 '16 at 3:48
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Your association with Germany is correct.

Not only is "D" the country code for Germany, but also the car itself is of German origin. It is a "Trabant" (aka "Trabi"), which was produced in East-Germany and the most common car there. It became a symbol for the fall of the inner-German wall, since many East Germans explored western Europe with the Trabant (there is a movie about that as well).

After Germany's reunion in 1990 the owner replaced the East-German country code "DDR" with the West-German "D" (or just put the new sticker on top, as it seems to be the case here). Although many people sold their Trabi as soon as possible and bought a western car, the Trabant was quite popular for others and spread to the western world, including the US. That explains its way to South Carolina.

Why this car was in that scene, I can not tell. [ An easy explanation would be, it simply looked exotic to the producers. I could also speculate about deeper meanings and an analogy regarding the East bloc equals hell/purgatory and the western world being the land of the living, but that would go too far.]

To sum it up: I think, there is neither a deeper meaning in the sticker itself, nor a continuity error here.

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