Watchmen show runner Damon Lindelof says he probably won’t return for the inevitable second season of the hit HBO series. The first season of the critically acclaimed show was a word-of-mouth hit for HBO that drew a mean of 7.1 million viewers.
The season one finale, while conclusive, abandoned more than a few puzzles to get a potential second season of Watchmen to fix.
The show follows Regina King’s Angela Abar because she investigates the murder of her friend, and uncovers a 34-year-old conspiracy involving vigilantes, white supremacists, and a United States senator.
Acting as a sequel to the 1987 DC Comics series of the same name, created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the series not only examines the morality of vigilantism but also delves into racial injustice in the united states.
Lindelof told Variety he thinks there’s “a very substantial likelihood” which Watchmen will return to HBO for a second year.
Even so, the former Lost executive producer is sticking to his claim he won’t be the one running the series. “I understand that the culture writ large wants a firm answer,” he said. “Is there going to be more, isn’t there going to be more. And the answer is,’not.’
I have been pretty consistent about that because we premiered the show at Comic-Con.” Lindelof says he approached the initial time of Watchmen as though it were like anthology shows, such as HBO’s True Detective or Fargo, where”other visionaries can come in and take their run at it.”
While it sounds like Lindelof has made up his mind about not writing Watchmen’s second season, he’s not ready to say he’s done with the series forever. “I also want to leave space for [more],” he adds.
The Watchmen author says he is keeping the door open if he’s a”‘eureka’ moment” some time”three or four or five years from now” and wants to reunite.
If HBO would like to continue creating the series in the helm with no Lindelof, it’s still uncertain. “It’d be tough to imagine doing it without Damon involved in some way,” HBO programming chief Casey Bloys lately said.
After years of hassling Lindelof on the numerous unexplained puzzles left dangling by the Lost series finale, which he co-wrote with Carlton Cuse (Locke and Key), fans are now eagerly anticipating his desire to continue composing Watchmen.
Among the biggest complaints about Missing was that it often felt like the writers were making up things as they went along, without knowing how the story would end.
While there is no denying the fact that he nailed the first season of Watchmen, it appears unwise to pressure Lindelof into writing yet another one, until he has had time to cook the perfect idea.