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'Watchmen' Has No Plans to Return for Second Season After Epic Finale

By Gary Trock

Warning: Season One Spoilers

Fans of HBO's "Watchmen" may never get to find out if Angela Abar is able to walk on water, because showrunner Damon Lindelof said there were never any plans to make "Watchmen" a long-running series.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lindeloff explains that from the beginning, he wanted to make sure fans knew "Watchmen" wasn't some open-ended take on the popular superhero story and, unlike his lackluster ending to "Lost," wanted the story to properly wrap up.

Lindelof's Explanation

Giphy | Watchmen HBO

When asked about the reason for not banking on a Season Two, Lindelof provided an answer as only he could:

"I feel for someone who’s wildly inconsistent in general, I’ve been fairly consistent on this point. When we first went public with the pilot at New York Comic-Con, I wanted to make sure that everybody who was going along for the ride knew what the design of the season was. Especially after what happened with Lost, and the way that a lot of serialized dramas unfolded, where the audience doesn’t know how thick the book is when they pick it up."

He continued:

"This is a love letter and an examination of the original Watchmen … I wanted everyone to know this is not the middle of the trilogy, this is not the beginning of a seven-season run. In my opinion, the best iteration of any season of Watchmen would mirror the original [graphic novel] in that it would be a self-contained story with the resolution of a fundamental mystery."

There Could Be Other Stories


Even though Lindelof has no plans to continue a story in the "Watchmen" universe, he doesn't think there won't be others, and feels that his take on the storyline has opened up the doors for more stories to be told.

"There’s always going to be space for more Watchmen. I feel like this world is so expansive — hopefully more expansive now than it was before. You could call something “Watchman” and not even feature any of the characters who were in the original or in this season as long as they all occupy the same world."

If Lightning Strikes...

Giphy | Watchmen HBO

Even though Lindelof is not working on anything, he's not shutting the door completely. He tells EW that he'd need a very big justification for jumping back into the "Watchmen" world, but if the idea strikes, then it can't be ignored.

" If I was going to do another season of Watchman, I would need to have a really cool idea and a justification for doing it. I don’t have either of those things right now. It doesn’t mean that they won’t come at some future point. I just finished the show four weeks ago. My antenna is up, but it’s like only getting static. I can’t say that there will definitely not be a second season and I can’t say there definitely will be. That’s kind of where my head’s at."

So it's unclear if viewers will ever get to see a world where Dr. Manhattan is truly dead ... or if Adrian Veidt ever pays for killing millions of people after dropping a squid on NYC. However, we can still hold out hope that there are more stories to be told in the "Watchmen" universe.

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