Some potentially bad news for those that thought they’d get a clear-cut plot continuation with a second season of HBO‘s acclaimed graphic novel adaptation, Watchmen.
HBO has now officially reclassified the show as fans continue to speculate on whether the show could be an ongoing, linear series.
“We discussed with the producers and felt limited series was the most accurate representation of the show and any possible future installments,” reads HBO’s statement, as per Deadline.
This won’t come as too much of a surprise for those that have been following this Watchmen series since it was first announced. Creator/showrunner/executive producer Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) has always described this season of Watchmen as its own story, with a three-act structure that would wrap at its end.
Nevertheless, there’s still hope of more. As with HBO’s new statement, this is a limited series with possible chapters on the horizon. While Lindelof was keen on crafting a self-contained narrative (and he’s said that the finale is not a cliffhanger), he is more than happy for HBO to expand it in future – potentially as an anthology with other showrunners.
“Maybe it’ll continue in a year or two, maybe they’ll continue it in four years or whatever, but I want to see more Watchmen,” Lindelof told Variety after the finale aired in December, 2019.
“I always said to them, I do see Watchmen as Fargo as True Detective. They were ongoing anthology shows, but each season had a design with a beginning, middle and end that allowed subsequent seasons to feature entirely different characters, or even be set in entirely different time periods.”
Meanwhile, lead actress Regina King has also spoken about potentially reprising her role in a second season.
“I can see myself being involved in a season two if it was really smart,” the Oscar winner recently told THR. “I would need to know the beginning and the endgame, unlike how this season was. I did not know what the endgame was. I just totally trust [creator] Damon [Lindelof]. There’s a part of me that feels like … it’s just really hard to think we could top season one, you know?”