Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen, the remake/reboot/reimagination of Alan Moore’s graphic novel ended yesterday. Season 1 consisted of 9 episodes and received widespread critical and fan acclaim.
The show wasn’t based on any particular part of the graphic novel. Instead, it took us many years ahead of the original story to Tulsa, Oklahoma in a time of racial and anti-law enforcement turmoil.
But as the season progressed and finally came to an end, we started noticing most of the plotlines were solved.
(MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD)
We knew who killed Chief Crawford, the identity of Hooded Justice was revealed. Adrian Veidt’s location and posterior destiny was also known, the Seventh Kavalry came to an end and both of the major antagonists were killed. We knew Dr. Manhattan was in disguise as Cal, Angela Abar’s husband and was killed by Lady Trieu.
So, even as the end of Season 1 was fantastic, and its last three episodes were all we wanted from a show based on Alan Moore’s graphic novel, it seemed not as a Season 1 ending, but as the show’s ending.
However, there are still a couple of plotlines that could be exploited. Who in the world is Lube Man? What will happen with Adrian Veidt? Can long-time President Redford become the show’s major villain? And did actually Angela Abar turn into Mrs. Manhattan?
So, for many, the ending was still somewhat ambiguous. But not for creator Damon Lindelof.
In an interview with Vanity Fair he discusses some of it. And pretty much says that he closed everything he wanted to close and that, indeed, Angela Abar is Mrs. Manhattan after consuming the raw egg that potentially had Mr. Manhattan’s powers (you really need to watch the show to understand this but I promise it’s not as weird as it sounds).
“I don’t want to the person who says like, ‘Here’s exactly what happened if we had let the camera run for another five seconds,‘” Lindelof says. “We chose to cut to black where and when we did for a very specific reason that I don’t really want to interrogate in any real way. Can someone really make a legitimate argument that Dr. Manhattan said all that stuff about the egg and that Angela grabbed that carton of eggs and threw it down as hard as she could yet one miraculously survived? Or that Dr. Manhattan said in Episode 8, ‘I need you to see me on the pool, it’s important for later.’ And that then she would just basically splash into the pool and be like, ‘Well I guess I misunderstood what he was going for there?’”
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean Watchmen was just a limited series, as he says “These nine episodes were planned to stand alone and that doesn’t exclude the possibility that there will be more Watchmen.”
HBO knows Watchmen was a hit and that it needs another worldwide sensation of the caliber of Game of Thrones. It’s hard to reach that level, but HBO certainly needs to have an icon still-running show such as The Sopranos, Mad Men, and Game of Thrones were at their time.
And, even as Season 1 main plotlines were pretty much closed, that doesn’t mean Lindelof couldn’t open new ones and he’s certainly not closed to the possibility. You have Angela Abar as Mrs. Manhattan with Hooded Justice sleeping in her guest room, Topher, her adopted son, discovering she is Sister Knight. Silk Spectre is working with Hooded Justice, and probably with Lube Man. And don’t forget about Ozymandias facing trial and Bian (the daughter/cloned mother of Lady Trieu) maybe wanting to avenge her mother/daughter (Again, when you watch it, it’s not that weird).
“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,” Lindelof says firmly. “I’m super protective of this material. I understand that that sounds like hypocrisy because its original creator was super protective of it and then I came along without his permission and did this anyway. I would not invoke that feeling onto anybody else who wanted to come and do Watchmen. It’s not mine. It never was. I got to spend some time with it and raise it. But, it’s its own thing—it’s so much bigger than me.”
So, in conclusion, Lindelof doesn’t rule out a second season but he didn’t completely confirm his hypothetical participation. He’s also said that maybe the show would go on a Fargo or True Detective format, telling different stories with the same vibe, and in a same universe. Or maybe it takes a ‘Peaky Blinders’ road where every season, even as it has the same main characters, pretty much stand-alone individually as miniseries.
We really, really hope HBO convinces Lindelof to get to work on a second season of the show. Watchmen has worldwide phenomenon potential.