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Watchmen season 2 unlikely as original showrunner bows out

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Don't hold your breath waiting for answers to that Watchmen cliffhanger, as it looks like season 2 is not happening. 

According to USA Today (opens in new tab), showrunner Damon Lindelof told the publication that "he's told the story he wants to tell and has no interest in a second season" but he's given his blessing to HBO, should the company want to create another season with a different writer-producer. And considering HBO executive Casey Bloys recently told USA Today the second season was entirely in Lindelof's hands, and "it would be hard to imagine doing it without Damon involved in some way", the future doesn't look too bright. 

The first season of Watchmen enjoyed rave reviews from fans and critics alike, with Lindelof taking Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel as source material and morphing it into a world of its own that eerily echoed modern society.

This may be upsetting, but it's certainly not a surprise. Lindelof has openly spoken about his hesitancy to do another season of Watchmen and discussed it as more of a one-and-done, limited series kind of event. He told Vanity Fair (opens in new tab): “Whether or not I’ll be involved will be driven almost entirely by whether or not I come up with an idea that I feel is worthy of telling another story… But it’s its own thing – it’s so much bigger than me.” Looks like he couldn't come up with anything compelling...

Even though HBO has said it can't imagine what Watchmen season 2 would look like without Lindelof, this is the same company that gave us True Detective season 2, so anything is possible. As for now, however, don't count on a second season of the Robert-Redford-as-president alternate universe - which isn't necessarily a bad thing, as dragging out a series' existence doesn't always have the best results (see True Detective season 2). 

Spoilers abound, but check out the Watchmen season 1 ending explained (opens in new tab).   

Alyssa Mercante is an editor and features writer at GamesRadar based out of Brooklyn, NY. Prior to entering the industry, she got her Masters's degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University with a dissertation focusing on contemporary indie games. She spends most of her time playing competitive shooters and in-depth RPGs and was recently on a PAX Panel about the best bars in video games. In her spare time Alyssa rescues cats, practices her Italian, and plays soccer.