‘Watchmen’ Season 2 News, Details

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‘Watchmen’ Season 2 News, Details

Watchmen’s final episodes solved almost all of the show’s mysteries. We learned just how Adrian Veidt wound up on Mars, that his clone corpse SOS was addressed to Lady Trieu—his biological daughter—who was pulling the strings behind pretty much every one of the season’s major developments. Doctor Manhattan appears to be dead, but his wife Angela Abar and her grandfather Will Reeves made it through the final battle unscathed. Thanks to the shows companion site Peteypedia, we even learned who Lube Man is. As a fan, seeing almost all the the threads established throughout the season tied up is pretty darn satisfying. But it’s also kind of scary, because with Season One so neatly resolved, do we really need—and are we going to get—a Season Two?

So far, showrunner Damon Lindelof doesn’t seem sure. He worked as a co-creator on Lost, and after spinning that sprawling story to its much-criticized finale, it’s understandable that he approached Watchmen with the intention of telling a tight tale.

“I wanted to make sure that everybody who was going along for the ride knew what the design of the season was,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “Especially after what happened with Lost, and the way that a lot of serialized dramas unfolded, where the audience doesn’t know how thick the book is when they pick it up… I wanted everyone to know this is not the middle of the trilogy, this is not the beginning of a seven-season run.”

“I can’t say that there will definitely not be a second season and I can’t say there definitely will be,” he concluded, and told Deadline that he doesn’t currently “have any ides for subsequent seasons.”

But in the EW interview, Lindelof revealed that when he began talks with HBO about Watchmen, he cited anthology series True Detective as an example. If Watchmen does go the anthology route, it could return for Season Two in a very different form, featuring a different cast and crew and new stories from the Watchmen universe. Lindelof seemed open to as much when Vulture asked him who he’d want to helm the series were he to step aside. “I would love to see someone who is not a white dude taking a shot at Watchmen,” he said, “a woman or a person of color or both. Most of the good ideas that ended up in this season did not come from a white dude.”

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But wait—don’t we need to know whether or not Angela absorbed Doctor Manhattan’s powers? Isn’t that the one cliffhanger that wasn’t wrapped up, the one thing we’d need a second season to resolve?

Not according to Lindelof. “Can someone really make a legitimate argument that Dr. Manhattan said all that stuff about the egg and that Angela grabbed that carton of eggs and threw it down as hard as she could yet one miraculously survived?” he told Vanity Fair. “Or that Dr. Manhattan said in Episode 8, ‘I need you to see me on the pool, it’s important for later.’ And that then she would just basically splash into the pool and be like, ‘Well I guess I misunderstood what he was going for there?’”

That pretty much clears that up: Angela almost certainly has Doctor Manhattan’s powers, which makes me even more eager for a second season. Still, it looks like we’ll have to wait at least a few months before we’ll learn the show’s future. Lindelof told Vanity Fair that he plans to take the holidays off and see if inspiration strikes in the new year.

“I’m going to read a lot of books that have been piling up by my bedside and watch a lot of television shows and movies that I am desperate to see and then when I show back up in January, hopefully the antenna will be back up again,” he told the magazine. “If it receives something that feels like it could be a another season of Watchmen, I would definitely be inclined to pursue it. There is no guarantee of if and when that’ll happen.”

Gabrielle Bruney is a writer and editor for Esquire, where she focuses on politics and culture.

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