Producer Damon Lindelof and HBO premiered the first episode of their “Watchmen” TV series at New York Comic-Con over the weekend, the reaction on social media gushing over the series and star Regina King’s performance.
As we know, the nine-episode series is a sequel to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ original 1985 comic which itself saw a relatively faithful film adaptation by Zack Snyder back in 2009.
Specifics of the story remain under wraps but interestingly showrunner Lindelof says the new series was designed specifically to be a self-contained single-season and while a second isn’t ruled out, there are no plans or even rough ideas for one at this point. Asked by Deadline how many seasons does he plan for the series to go, he responded:
“I’m not being flippant when I say that the answer is one. 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.”
Lindelof also indicates the series required a tremendous amount of world-building in terms of laying out world events from the point the book ends in late 1985 to the 2019 setting of the new series. He then adds:
“We did all of that work but we did not talk about what would happen beyond the resolution of this season’s story. I feel like it was hard enough just to figure out how to do this season. So my hope is that when this season ends that the audience will feel the same thing we did as storytellers, which is a feeling of completeness and resolution.”
“Watchmen” premieres on HBO starting from October 20th.