Even before HBO’s “Watchmen” wrapped its run, fans began wondering if showrunner Damon Lindelof would come back for a second season.
Until now Lindelof has made it clear he has no intent to return to the show, with the nine-episode series conceived and produced as a standalone effort. Yet its massive critical success and solid ratings have made HBO and the show’s fans understandably desire more episodes.
HBO itself has said there are no plans for more episodes but they’re open to more only if Lindelof is interested. With the series-winning Best New Series at the Writers Guild of America awards over the weekend, Deadline spoke to Lindelof on the red carpet and asked if he’d changed his stance:
“I never wanna close the door completely because if two, three years from now I say, ‘I just had another idea,’ it will be that much harder to open. But I would say it’s barely ajar. I think that there are no current plans to make any more Watchmen. If the idea comes, I would be enthusiastic about it. The idea may not come from me. I would be super excited about it coming from someone else. So my position hasn’t changed.”
The obvious question is will HBO wait for Lindelof to eventually return, will the continue on without him, or will they simply leave what they have as a standalone limited series? Time will tell.