HBO’s Watchmen won a loyal following and critical acclaim, as the superhero comics series was adapted into a politically-relevant drama about race and the criminal justice system.
But don’t look for a second season of the drama, which wrapped up its nine-episode run last month, largely because creator Damon Lindelof isn’t interested in doing it. HBO programming chief Casey Bloys told USA Today Wednesday that Lindelof, the co-creator of ABC’s Lost who also created HBO’s The Leftovers, “brilliantly took this graphic novel and just kind of broke it open and created a whole new world,” in which Regina King starred as a masked cop in Tulsa, in a 2019 when Robert Redford is president.
“It’s really in Damon’s thinking about what he wants to do. If there’s an idea that excited him about another season, another installment, maybe like a Fargo, True Detective (anthology) take on it, or if he wants to do something different altogether. We’re very proud of Watchmen, but what I’m most interested in what Damon wants to do.”
USA Today talked to Lindelof this week, who said he has “given my blessing” to HBO to potentially pursue Watchmen with another showrunner. Given that HBO programming chief Casey Bloys also said that “it would be hard to imagine doing it without Damon involved in some way,” there’s a natural conclusion to make that HBO won’t continue the show without him.
However, this is in fact the same holding pattern the show has been in since the finale. That means Lindelof is still unsure of a story for a potential Season 2 and feels he has told the story he needs to tell, that he understands if HBO needs to move forward, and HBO would prefer to continue with Lindelof into any potential continuation of Watchmen. Conversations are ongoing, and probably will continue until for a long time to come.
Given all that, it’s natural to think that HBO would want a second season of the series, particularly in light of the soon to launch HBO Max streaming service, and post Game of Thrones, the network’s (and one of TV’s) biggest hits. And of note, unlike other offerings from HBO, Watchmen wasn’t called a limited series; the moniker was “Season 1.”