Whatever the future holds for Watchmen, it won’t have Damon Lindelof. In the aftermath of the 2020 Emmy Awards, where Lindelof’s HBO series Watchmen was decorated with multiple Emmys including Outstanding Limited Series, the television producer said another season of Watchmen isn’t out of the realm of possibility. He simply won’t be involved.
What does this mean for Watchmen Season 2? Here’s what you need to know.
What Happened? — On Wednesday, in a post-Emmys interview with Variety, Lindelof talked about the challenges of creating his award-winning Watchmen series. “It took us two years to make nine episodes of Watchmen, and in that same period of time we made almost 50 episodes of Lost,” Lindelof said. “I honestly don’t know how it was done.”
At the end of the interview, Lindelof speculated on the future of Watchmen. As far as Lindelof is concerned, his Watchmen story is finished and he has no interest in continuing for a theoretical “Season 2.” At the same time, Lindelof is open to letting another producer take the reins.
“This was the story that I wanted to tell, but it could be much more expansive than this,” he said. “Not that I see myself as Willy Wonka, but it’s time to bring some other kids into the factory. I couldn’t imagine a greater focus for me than to throw open the doors to the factory and say, ‘I will show you around and tell you what I learned here, but you’ve got to bring the ingredients that you want to mix up here and make your own candy.’”
Conceived as a sequel to the 1986 DC Comics series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen follows events 34 years after the original comic. Set in an alternate 2019, masked police officer Angela Abar (played by Regina King, who also won an Emmy for her performance) fights an active network of white supremacists while discovering her connection to the world’s first masked superhero.
“The idea that the Seventh Cavalry, who seem to be presenting a white supremacist ideology in the pilot, have appropriated Rorschach based on his writings, as a white supremacist,” Lindelof said at a July 2019 Television Critics Association event. “Rorschach is dead, he’s not around to basically say, ‘You got it all wrong.’”