There Probably Won’t Be A Season 2 Of “Watchmen”
*Possible (mild) spoilers for season 1 ahead.
It looks like we’ll never get to see an enormous Regina King fuck shit up with a 12-inch blue strap-on as Dr. Manhattan because Watchmen will almost certainly not be coming back for a second season. According to USA Today, the show’s creator Damon Lindelof decided to bounce while the bouncing was good. Which is perhaps a blessing considering he still probably gets hate mail for shitting the bed on those last couple seasons of Lost.
It sounds like the head of HBO, Casey Bloys, isn’t trying to get burned again either after that whole Game Of Thrones final season fiasco.
HBO programming chief Casey Bloys told USA TODAY Wednesday that Lindelof, the co-creator of ABC’s “Lost” who also created HBO’s “The Leftovers,” “brilliantly took this graphic novel and just kind of broke it open and created a whole new world,” in which Regina King starred as a masked cop in Tulsa, in a 2019 when Robert Redford is president.
“It’s really in Damon’s thinking about what he wants to do. If there’s an idea that excited him about another season, another installment, maybe like a ‘Fargo,’ ‘True Detective’ (anthology) take on it, or if he wants to do something different altogether. We’re very proud of ‘Watchmen,’ but what I’m most interested in what Damon wants to do.”
Apparently, Damon’s “told the story he wants to tell and has no interest in a second season,” but that he’s “given his blessing” to HBO if they decide to “pursue a new installment with another writer-producer.” However, it sounds like nobody wants to follow Jeremy Irons pulling fetuses out of a crab trap on a murky outer-space pond. Yes, this show was bonkers.
But Bloys concedes that’s unlikely to happen: “It would be hard to imagine doing it without Damon involved in some way.”
I loved Watchmen so I’m bummed. Regina, Jean Smart, and Hong Chau fucking ate their roles with gusto. And the fine man who played Regina’s husband, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, served up full frontal, which I quite enjoyed. But better to leave things on a good note (and Critic’s Choice awards for Regina and Jean), than ruin it with an uninspired second season. Oh well, we’ll always have Yahya’s yowza.