While it remains to be seen if HBO will greenlight a second season of Watchmen, a recent EntertainmentWeekly interview with writer/showrunner Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus) reveals his thoughts on making more than one season.
First, he mentions the idea of the first season being a self-contained standalone rather than something that would end on a cliffhanger to propel more seasons (the season finale feels like it could be a series finale).
LINDELOF: “I wanted everyone to know this is not the middle of the trilogy, this is not the beginning of a seven-season run. In my opinion, the best iteration of any season of Watchmen would mirror the original [graphic novel] in that it would be a self-contained story with the resolution of a fundamental mystery. There’s always going to be space for more Watchmen. I feel like this world is so expansive — hopefully more expansive now than it was before. You could call something “Watchman” and not even feature any of the characters who were in the original or in this season as long as they all occupy the same world.”
Interestingly enough, Damon invokes the idea of shows such as True Detective and Fargo, series that don’t have traditional multiple seasons as they use different settings/new characters between season one to season x, but still use the same show title.
LINDELOF: “When I first spoke to HBO about [Watchmen], I used examples like True Detective and Fargo.”
“True Detective is a franchise, it has a feel and a tone. Does it need to have Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in it to call itself True Detective? And I would argue as much as I love what [True Detective showrunner Nic Pizzolatto’s] writing, it doesn’t even need to be written by Nic, or directed by Cary Fukunaga. It’s bigger than that. And when I first heard about [FX’s Fargo series], that the Coen Brothers weren’t really involved and it was going to be [Noah Hawley’s] show, I was like, ‘How is this going to be any good? How is this going to feel like it’s the original Fargo?’ And lo and behold, that’s exactly what it was.”
Lindelof doesn’t rule out his return but previously suggests that the show could move on without him.
LINDELOF: “If I was going to do another season of Watchmen, I would need to have a really cool idea and a justification for doing it. I don’t have either of those things right now. It doesn’t mean that they won’t come at some future point. I just finished the show four weeks ago. My antenna is up, but it’s like only getting static. I can’t say that there will definitely not be a second season and I can’t say there definitely will be. That’s kind of where my head’s at.”
I guess we’ll have to wait to see what HBO ultimately does even as EW points out that the cast has agreed to return for multiple seasons.
SOURCE: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY