Based on the eponymous 1986 graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, ‘Watchmen’ is a superhero drama set in a parallel universe where a group of masked vigilantes has been outlawed, and presidential term limit does not exist in the US. The series follows an ambitious story of a bunch of people who band together in a bid to start a mutiny while others aim to put an end to it before it yields chaos.
Created by Damon Lindelof (‘The Leftovers,’ ‘Lost’), who also serves as an executive producer and writer, the show weaves together a range of storylines, genres, and points of view into an incredibly well-rounded, elaborate story. The series made history at the 2020 Emmys, where it swept the awards show by taking 11 Emmys home after being the most Emmy-nominated show of the year with a whopping 26 nods. So let’s find out everything we know about ‘Watchmen’ season 2!
Watchmen Season 2 Release Date
‘Watchmen’ season 1 premiered on October 20, 2019, on HBO, and concluded its run on December 15, 2019. It consists of nine episodes with a runtime of 52–67 minutes each. Despite reeling in fans and critics’ attention world-wide, HBO has neither officially renewed nor canceled the show as of yet.
The show’s creator Lindelof has offered his views on the matter following its release, saying, “I am deeply, profoundly appreciative for how well received the season has been up until now, and I don’t want to feel like I’m ungrateful, but I still don’t have any inclination whatsoever to continue the story.” He added, “And that is largely and almost exclusively based on the fact that I don’t have an idea. If I’m going to be involved in any more Watchmen, I should be able to answer the questions, why, and why now, and the answers to those questions shouldn’t be, ‘Well because that’s what you do, because the first one was good.’”
In another interview, he expanded on his feelings about continuing the story. “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,” he said. In February 2020, the network reclassified the show as a limited series leaving the door open for “any possible future installments.” While this doesn’t necessarily rule out the possibility of a season 2, it doesn’t give it a green light either So if by any chance it does get renewed, we expect ‘Watchmen’ season 2 to premiere sometime after 2021.
Watchmen Season 2 Cast: Who is in it?
If renewed, the original cast members are expected to reprise their respective roles. This includes Regina King as Angela Abar, Jeremy Irons as Ozymandias, Tim Blake Nelson as Looking Glass, Jean Smart as Agent Blake, Louis Gossett Jr. as Will Reeves, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abraham, Don Johnson as Chief Judd Crawford, Andrew Howard as Red Scare, and Tom Mison as Mr. Phillips.
Regina King expressed her keen desire to slip back into her character’s skin in Variety’s Actors on Actors edition, saying, “Honestly, I feel like I think HBO would want it back in a heartbeat, but if Damon Lindelof does see an entry point for Season 2, I think that the possibilities are infinite. But I feel that if Damon doesn’t see it, then it’s going to be a no for me.”
Watchmen Season 2 Plot: What can it be About?
The ultimate episode of ‘Watchmen,’ titled ‘See How They Fly,’ doesn’t fit into the description of a cliffhanger so much as it categorizes as an ambiguous conclusion to the series. Angela is reeling from the demise of her husband, Doctor Manhattan. At the same time, she stumbles into a life-altering situation where she may or may not have inherited her late husband’s powers. As she’s about to find out, the screen cuts to black, and credits roll.
If season 2 does see the light of day, we might finally get the answer as to whether she receives Dr. Manhattan’s potent powers or not. Discussing his decision to keep the ending open, Lindelof weighed in on the matter in a conversation with Vanity Fair: “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.” He later said, “These nine episodes were planned to stand alone and that doesn’t exclude the possibility that there will be more Watchmen.”
Originally conceived as a limited series, ‘Watchmen’ season 1 left room aplenty for season 2 to come in and propel the story forward. But whenever it happens, it’ll have to meet the sky-high expectations of fans following a spectacular season 1, that’s for sure.
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