Following Succession and Game of Thrones’ popularity, HBO’s Watchmen stood out among the year’s top programs. As a “remix,” showrunner Damon Lindelof and his writing team set out to produce a tale that was not an adaptation of the foundational work but rather continued its history.
Rather than the comic’s Cold War nuclear tensions, HBO’s Watchmen assembled a star-studded ensemble to portray both new and familiar characters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, almost a century after the 1921 Black Wall Street murder.
Despite Lindelof’s best efforts, the nine episodes of Watchmen left numerous mysteries unsolved and established the possibility of further episodes. Consider what we’ve heard about the likelihood of a second season, even if it’s improbable.
Watchmen Season 2 release Date
HBO is unlikely to renew Watchmen for a second season, despite the show’s critical praise and commanding position on the network’s autumn lineup.
According to USA Today, HBO programming president Casey Bloys said in early 2020 that HBO is only interested in another instalment if creator Damon Lindelof is as well.
According to USA Today, Lindelof “has no interest in a second season” since he was able to complete the tale he set out to tell with Season 1.
Thus, even if HBO has not officially canceled the program, viewers will have to pin their hopes entirely on Damon Lindelof if they want the network to reconsider. As Bloys put it, “it’s difficult to fathom doing it without Damon.”
They seem to be waiting for him to develop another fantastic idea before proceeding. Bloys said unequivocally to The Hollywood Reporter that he thinks, “The last time we talked, Damon was weighing his choices, and I was following suit. What interests me is his concept, and what interests me is his ambition to try something new.”
Watchmen received 11 Emmys, including actress Regina King and Yayha Abdul Mateen II, and writers Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson, indicating that HBO is still interested in the property.
Additionally, this collection received the Outstanding Limited Series award. Due to the restricted nature of the series, viewers will have to settle with the ensemble reuniting for a public service advertisement promoting hand washing.
Bloys responded to the news that the program may not return by tweeting a link to a Decider piece proclaiming that a renewal was still possible, which says a lot coming from him.
There is hope for the second season of Game of Thrones, so do not dismiss it entirely. We’ve all been waiting for Lindelof.
What would be the plot of Watchmen’s second season?
While the potential of the second season of Watchmen may seem remote at the moment, we cannot rule it out entirely. Lindelof told USA Today that he had granted HBO permission to proceed with a second season, but HBO claimed that they would not be interested in the project without Lindelof.
A sequel may be an anthology, which makes sense given that Lindelof/HBO concluded the tale that the show’s creator intended to tell with Season 1. Season 2 of a hypothetical anthology series would be in jeopardy if such were the case, and Bloys suggested.
It would be intriguing to see if Angela Abar (Regina King) acquired Dr. Manhattan’s talents if HBO revisited the Season 1 scenario.
Season 2 might follow her effect as a more engaged superhuman in Season 1 based on the talk she and Will Reeves (Louis Gossett, Jr.) had concerning Dr. Manhattan’s ambivalence. If she does not inherit his abilities, we will see a world come to terms with the loss of Dr. Manhattan.
Dan Dreiberg (Patrick Wilson), Laurie’s ex-boyfriend and former Nite Owl II, also made a few guest appearances. Dan was imprisoned after his and Laurie’s imprisonment for vigilante action.
Laurie became an FBI agent following their incarceration. Even while he does not appear in Season 2, Laurie cares for him, as shown by the many Nite Owl allusions throughout the series and the discovery of his spacecraft at the season’s conclusion.
There looks to be an end in sight to Adrian Veidt’s atrocities (Jeremy Irons). Given that Veidt is now in Laurie’s custody, there is a possibility that Wade may stand trial and face the consequences for his crimes on Earth. Wade retains a copy of his recorded confession (the message to Robert Redford). It would compel a whole civilization to confront the truth that its biggest existential danger is fiction.
If Lindelof is unwilling to write for these characters in the future, it’s best not to get too enthusiastic about the possibilities. In perpetuity, we’ll have to live with the near-perfect and ambiguous finale to Season 1 of Watchmen.