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It has been almost a 12 months since Watchmen Season 1 got here to a dramatic, stunning, and downright complicated finish, and it has been almost as lengthy since followers of the gritty HBO superhero drama knew what was in retailer for the present’s future. Over the previous 12 months, because the premium cable channel has launched nice present after nice present (and one unhappy but not stunning cancellation), there are quite a lot of individuals on the market asking, what is going on on with Watchmen Season 2.
As legitimate of a query that is perhaps, typically there aren’t lots of solutions, contemplating every part that has occurred behind the scenes since we final noticed the likes of Regina King’s Sister Evening, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Physician Manhattan, and the remainder of the spectacular forged of superheroes and on a regular basis people alike. And with the present taking dwelling an insane quantity (11, sure, 11) of Primetime Emmys a couple of months again, you’d assume that HBO could be streamlining any and all future installments of Watchmen. Effectively, about that…
HBO Reclassified Watchmen As A Restricted Series However Left The Door Open In February 2020
Earlier than we get into every part that Watchmen sequence creator and showrunner Damon Lindelof has mentioned about his involvement within the present shifting ahead, let’s check out what HBO has mentioned and completed relating to the drama sequence’ future. Again in February 2020, Selection reported that the premium cable channel reclassified Watchmen as a restricted sequence as a substitute of a conventional ongoing sequence. And whereas this alteration may have been made for awards consideration, this does return to feedback Lindelof made previously, particularly in regards to the present’s first season being a standalone story as a substitute of one thing that’s advised over the course of a number of seasons.
On the time, HBO launched the next assertion relating to Watchmen and its future:
We mentioned with the producers and felt restricted sequence was probably the most correct illustration of the present and any doable future installments.
This assertion, though transient and admittedly imprecise, may be interpreted in many alternative methods however appears to depart the door open if Damon Lindelof have been to return to the fold or if somebody have been to take the reins for future seasons.
However how did this all get began?
Damon Lindelof Laid The Groundwork For His Departure Following The Season 1 Finale in Late 2019
The thriller surrounding the way forward for Watchmen, or no less than Damon Lindelof’s involvement shifting ahead, began simply because the Season 1 finale aired in December 2019. Throughout an interview with Vainness Honest, when the creator of reveals like Misplaced and The Leftovers advised the publication that he would solely return for a second season if he may provide you with an concept that he felt was worthy of telling after he took a much-needed break after wrapping issues forward of the 2019 vacation break. Afterward within the dialog, the showrunner added:
I’m going to learn lots of books which have been piling up by my bedside and watch lots of tv reveals and flicks that I’m determined to see after which after I present again up in January, hopefully the antenna shall be again up once more. If it receives one thing that feels prefer it may very well be one other season of Watchmen, I’d undoubtedly be inclined to pursue it. There isn’t any assure of if and when that’ll occur.
This remark, very similar to the one HBO would make two months later, is slightly imprecise and leaves the door open for a doable return sooner or later, simply if the story is correct. On the identical time, nonetheless, Damon Lindelof appeared like he was completed with Watchmen in the intervening time.
The Watchmen Showrunner Stated In February 2020 That He Wasn’t Opposed To Returning At Some Level
In February 2020, when showing on the Writers Guild of America West Awards ceremony, Damon Lindelof appeared to double-down on his feedback about not desirous to pursue a Watchmen Season 2 at this level, but additionally did not need to shut the door in case he got here up with an thought sooner or later down the street. Talking with Deadline, that is what the showrunner needed to say about his future with Watchmen in addition to the present usually:
I by no means wanna shut the door fully as a result of if two, three years from now I say, I simply had one other thought, it will likely be that a lot more durable to open. However I’d say it’s barely ajar. I believe that there aren’t any present plans to make any extra Watchmen. If the concept comes, I’d be passionate about it, the concept could not come from me. I’d be tremendous enthusiastic about it coming from another person. So my place hasn’t modified.
There’s lots to take from this remark. On one hand, Damon Lindelof appears to open to possibly returning sooner or later if every part made sense when it comes to the present’s story, however on the opposite, it looks like the the manager producer could be okay with another person taking the lead. This latter assertion is one thing that Lindelof would contact on a number of months later on the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards.
Lindelof Once more Stated He Was Open To Thought Of Somebody Else Selecting Up The place He Left Off At The 2020 Emmys
The saga surrounding the way forward for Watchmen continued on all through 2020, and was even introduced up once more the evening of the 2020 Primetime Emmys Awards in September, the place the HBO sequence acquired 26 nominations, successful 11 of them. Whereas accepting one of many awards, Damon Lindelof had this to say about how a lot the present meant to him earlier than as soon as once more stating that he was okay if somebody wished to take over shifting ahead (through Deadline):
Watchmen is one thing I’ve cherished since I used to be 13 years outdated. Another person created it, and this was my run on it. I’ve invited another artist who desires to take the baton.
There hasn’t been anybody, not publicly anyway, who has stepped as much as tackle Damon Lindelof’s supply. But when somebody have been to take him up on it and take over the present, nonetheless, one of many greatest stars (and most celebrated) of the HBO sequence in all probability would not return.
Regina King Has Stated On A number of Events That She Would Solely Return For Season 2 If The Present’s Creator Is Concerned
Again in June 2020, Regina King, who was entrance and heart all through a lot of the happenings in Watchmen Season 1 as Angela Abar / Sister Evening, spoke with Reese Witherspoon throughout Selection’s Actors on Actors, the place she had this to say a couple of potential return to the HBO sequence:
, I do not know. Truthfully, I really feel like I believe HBO would need it again in a heartbeat, but when Damon Lindelof would not see an entry level for Season 2 — I believe that the probabilities are infinite, however I really feel that if Damon would not see it, then it’ll be a no for me.
A number of months later on the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards, Regina King, after taking dwelling the trophy for Finest Actress in a Restricted Series for her Watchmen function reiterated her stance on her earlier feedback (through Deadline):
If I’d do it once more, it might be with Damon. So there is not any dialog a couple of way forward for Watchmen excellent now. It is nearly settling and having fun with this unusual second. We’re coming to an in depth on this chapter of the Watchmen sequence. It is bittersweet and emotional.
If the present have been to return with out its showrunner and lead actress, Watchmen would look a lot totally different shifting ahead, that is for certain.
There’s nonetheless a lot to unpack about the way forward for Watchmen Season 2, if it occurs in any respect. But when the fates do enable for the story to proceed shifting ahead, CinemaBlend could have all the most recent and biggest details about one of the crucial distinctive and intriguing superhero reveals in latest reminiscence.