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Watchmen Series Is Designed to Be One Self-Contained Season

October 8, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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HBO’s Watchmen series is not intended to be show to sustain HBO for years, as there is currently only one season planned. Damon Lindelof, who created and is showrunning the HBO continuation of the iconic graphic novel, spoke with Deadline for a new interview and talked about his plan for the show.

“We treat the original 12 issues as canon,” Lindelof said. “They all happened. We haven’t done any revisionist history, but we can maneuver in between the cracks and crevices and find new stories there. We wanted to make sure our first episode felt like the beginning of a new story rather than a continuation of an old story. That’s what I think a sequel is — the continuation of an old story.”

In addition to being a self-contained story, Lindelof confirmed that he only has planned for one season. Whether that stays the case of not, of course, has yet to be seen. Lindelof even said himself, “Does that mean that there isn’t going to be anymore Watchmen? Not necessarily. Does that mean that I will be working on subsequent seasons of Watchmen? I don’t know is the answer to that question. We designed these nine episodes to be as self-contained as the original 12 issues. We wanted to feel like there was a sense of completeness, to resolve the essential mystery at hand. Obviously, there is a potential promise for the further exploration of the world but like the seasons of Leftovers that I did as opposed to Lost, which was designed to have cliffhanger finales and a promise of future storytelling.”

There is precedence at HBo for this method of storytelling by season, without necessarily planning future runs. HBO’s Big Little Lies was originally planned for just one season, but that show’s ratings and critical acclaim led it to receive a second, also-acclaimed season. As Lindelof notes however, the seasonal arc at least looks to be a one-and-done when it bows on October 20th.