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Don’t expect a second season of HBO’s Watchmen series

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All good things come to an end. Sometimes that end just happens to come around unexpectedly early. That’s the case for HBO’s Watchmen series which came out last year and turned out to be one of the best TV series of the year, if not the past few years. It was a series that surprised with its grounded setting, yet somehow still fitted into the bizarre world established in the graphic novel. While the show started off a little strangely as a more of a noir mystery and overtly political series, it developed well over time before rocketing into an intensely deep and exciting conclusion for the Watchmen characters we knew, along with the new ones introduced during the series.

And it seems that fitting end to the series will be its own undoing as creator Damon Lindelöf has told USA Today that he feels he was already able to tell the story he wanted to tell through the TV series and has no interest in a second season. Something though which he felt shouldn’t hinder the series as he believed that HBO shouldn’t still continue with the series as sort of an anthology series exploring different characters within the world of Watchmen.

Based on recent comment though by Casey Bloys, Programming Chief for HBO, HBO doesn’t want to pursue the project further without Lindelöf himself. At least not yet:

It’s really in Damon’s thinking about what he wants to do. If there’s an idea that excited him about another season…maybe like a Fargo, True Detective take on it, or if he wants to do something different altogether… It would be hard to imagine doing it without Damon involved in some way.

It is a pity that what was an exciting series had to come to an end so soon, but, it is better for a story to come to its proper end rather than dragged out unnecessarily or get turned into a second season just for the sake of it. The Watchmen worked because it was a passion project for the people involved and you would need that same sort of passion to make any additional seasons work.

Last Updated: January 17, 2020


  1. Caveshen Rajman

    January 17, 2020 at 10:11

    I wish more studios took this approach, rather than needlessly pumping out sequels while their otherwise excellent series die slow painful deaths.


    • Admiral Chief

      January 17, 2020 at 10:18

      OR, you get invested in a series, then the second season is worse than having loadshedding 4 times a day, and you waste countless hours hoping it will get better but it just gets worse and worse



  2. BradeLunner

    January 17, 2020 at 12:12

    Californication should have done that at season 4


  3. Daniel Hallinan

    January 17, 2020 at 09:42

    My feeds have been filled with people really happy that an amazing show wasn’t ruined with additional seasons, and absolutely amazed that (a) the creator was happy to walk away and (b) HBO was happy to leave it lie. Looks like they were both happy to let a good thing just be a good thing.

    (and HBO was likely also motivated by stats showing that few shows stay as profitable after their second seasons so eh)


  4. Son of Banana Jim

    January 17, 2020 at 14:09

    Good! I still can’t express how much I absolutely despised it. Hopefully, it gets rebooted 10 years from now, and we can get an authentic Watchmen TV show, rather than a cynical propaganda piece.

    Seriously, rather watch Batwoman – at least the latter isn’t tone deaf and well aware of how silly it is.


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