4:26 pm EST, January 16, 2020

‘Watchmen’ season 2 a no-go as showrunner Damon Lindelof bows out

HBO’s Watchmen will not go on to have a second season, leaving us to answer the show’s final question on our own.

HBO’s Watchmen was one of the most intricate, talked-about and buzziest shows of the Fall season, garnering the attention and acclaim of die-hard comic book fans, skeptical critics and casual viewers alike week after week.

The nine-episode first season expertly weaved in comic book tropes, superhero narratives, historical retellings and criminal justice critiques into its storytelling, all the while keeping viewers at the edge of their seats with its tight writing, unexpected surprises and powerful performances.

Given the high caliber content of Watchmen, along with its critical and commercial success, fans and critics alike were clamoring for a second season of the deconstructed superhero show.

And despite the fact that showrunner Damon Lindelof had said from the beginning that he wasn’t necessarily thinking about a second season at all, the major success of Watchmen — coupled with the unanswered question regarding Regina King’s character of Angela Abar at the season’s conclusion — made it seem at least likely that Watchmen would continue on to have a second season.

In a recent interview with USA Today, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys left the decision to have a season 2 up to showrunner Damon Lindelof, saying that, “It’s really in Damon’s thinking about what he wants to do…we’re very proud of ‘Watchmen,’ but what I’m most interested in what Damon wants to do.”

And in turns out that what Damon Lindelof is most interested in doing is not having a second season.

The Watchmen showrunner and creator told USA Today that “he’s told the story he wants to tell and has no interest in a second season, though he’s ‘given [his] blessing’ to HBO should it want to pursue a new installment with another writer-producer.”

Seeing as HBO programming chief Bloys stated that “it would be hard to imagine doing it without Damon involved in some way,” it looks like a potential Watchmen season 2 is officially dead in the water.

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