HBO’s Watchmen Season 2 Appears Dead in the Water – Not Officially Canned

If you’re hoping for a second season of Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen series, then chances are slim it will happen.

A USA Today headline blares, “HBO won’t pursue second season of ‘Watchmen’ after creator bows out.”

However, a second season is not officially dead. Diving deeper into USA Today’s report they note that Lindelof has “given my blessing” to HBO to pursue a second season.

However, he also told them he’s told his Watchmen story and does not plan on pursuing a second season.

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These comments echo what he told Rolling Stone in December. However, he was a little more specific telling them he didn’t have any more ideas.

He told Rolling Stone:

“I do have a desire for there to be more Watchmen. Maybe these nine episodes have demonstrated that the playing field is a little bit larger than previously thought.”

He added:

“It may inspire someone else to tell a Watchmen story. But right now, I don’t have any more ideas. Whether you call something a limited series or an ongoing series, that’s fodder for awards consideration. I’m not comfortable calling this anything other than nine complete episodes with a beginning, a middle, and an end. There is no promise of a continuation.”

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HBO programming chief Casey Bloys told USA Today:

“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.”

Bloys added, “It would be hard to imagine doing it without Damon involved in some way.”

Related: Watchmen Star Regina King on a Season Two on HBO: “That Sounds Like a Tall Hill to Climb”

Watchmen actor Regina King had previously indicated a second season would be a “tall hill to climb.” However, she also did indicate that it wasn’t out of the realm of possibility.

“I can see myself being involved in a season two if it was really smart. I would need to know the beginning and the endgame, unlike how this season was. I did not know what the endgame was. I just totally trust Damon.”

The show ended on a cliffhanger with Lindelof detailing there were two possible endings concerning King’s Angela Abar, she either falls in the pool or walks on water.

Lindelof didn’t seem to be excited about exploring either idea for a second season, “I think neither one of those stories are going to particularly make for a compelling season of television. Others may disagree. But that’s my feeling.”

Watchmen saw increased ratings throughout the first season.

According to TV Series Finale, the show’s premiere debuted with just shy of 800,000 total viewers. The series finale saw 935,000 people tune in. The average viewership per episode was 759,000. It had an average rating of .25.

The show received positive ratings from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. It has a 96% on the Tomatometer. However, audiences appeared to be mixed to negative on the show. It has a rotten 54% audience score from 6,760 reviewers.

What do you think of Watchmen not having a season two? Is it a loss or is it time to move on to something else?



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