The first season of Watchmen broke several new ground. In so many ways, it redefined the superhero genre. The show may not be an easy watch all the time, but it surely is as fascinating a comic book series can get. The way it balances cultural context and complex characters is why it leaves such a lasting impression.
Created by Damon Lindelof, ‘Watchmen’ season 1 received critical acclaim, as well as, turned out to be a ratings-hit for HBO. Now you must be wondering: will there be a ‘Watchmen’ season 2? Let’s find out.
Watchmen Season 2 Release Date: When Can it Come Out?
‘Watchmen’ Season 1 premiered on HBO on October 20, 2019, and concluded on December 15, 2019. The nine-episode season received tremendous response from the viewers and the critics, alike. It received praise for its innovative storytelling and for reimagining the story with the current socio-political environment while staying true to the source material. It is one of HBO’s highest-rated shows of the year, as well as, the most acclaimed ones. While the finale pretty much wraps up the story of the main characters, there is still a lot more that Damon Lindelof’s world has to offer to us. Will he take it further, or is one season enough to tell the story that he had envisioned?
In his interviews before the series premiere, Lindelof had admitted that he always imagined it as a one-season arc. “We designed these nine episodes to be as self-contained as the original 12 issues (of the comics),” Lindelof said. “We wanted to feel like there was a sense of completeness, to resolve the essential mystery at hand.”
Considering everything, it’d be a wise decision to leave it as is. ‘Watchmen’ could be one of those perfect miniseries that knew when and where to leave the story. HBO hasn’t commented on the future of the show, either. But this doesn’t mean that it can’t happen. Lindelof has said that once the holidays are over, his team will reconvene to see if they should do another season or let it be. “Obviously, there is a potential promise for the further exploration of the world, […]”, he said but added that it would all depend on the reaction of the fans.
“I didn’t want to be frustrated by mysteries that went unresolved so we’ll see how this series is absorbed and digested. If people are like, ‘That was a pretty good meal, I’m good’, then there doesn’t necessarily need to be anymore.”
Considering the ratings, ‘Watchmen’ is a hit with the audience, but would they want it to be something like a ‘Sharp Objects’ or a ‘Big Little Lies’ remains to be seen. ‘Watchmen’ executive producer Nicole Kassell said, “As a fan who has seen the whole thing, I definitely think there is content for a Season 2, if not more. I think it would be delicious and wonderful to see.”
We might have to wait a while for HBO to make a decision, but if it does go forward with a second season, we expect ‘Watchmen’ Season 2 season 2 to release sometime in 2021. When we receive more information on the matter, we will update this section.
Watchmen Cast: Who Can be in it?
The first season of ‘Watchmen’ stars Academy Award-winner, Regina King in the role of a detective, Angela Abar, who operates under the cover of Sister Night. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II plays the role of Angela’s husband, Cal, who has lost the memory of his time before he moved to Tulsa. Tim Blake Nelson appears as Wade Tillman, a detective who goes by the identity of Looking Glass. Louis Gossett Jr plays the role of Angela’s grandfather, Will Reeves, the man who kickstarts the events of the show. Jean Smart plays the role of FBI agent Laurie Blake, Hong Chau appears as the enigmatic Lady Trieu, and Jeremy Irons plays the role of Adrien Veidt.
Watchmen Plot: What Can it be About?
The first season of ‘Watchmen’ is set in present-day Tulsa, though the world is completely different from ours. After a brutal attack on police officers, cops are forced to hide their identities under masks. Detective Angela Abar has taken over the alter-ego of Sister Night. When white supremacist group Seventh Kavalry announces an attack, the cops try to track down the members of the group and find out what they are planning. Meanwhile, a reclusive Adrien Veidt is spending his days in a castle with his loyal servants.
The season finale answers all the main mysteries surrounding the first season. However, there are still a lot more things that baffled us but were left unanswered. The second season could build up from there, or it could take an entirely different route. Lindelof believes that he has told the story he intended to tell and, “If the idea is right, and there is a compelling reason to do it, then I’d consider it. I haven’t had that idea yet.” With another producer coming on board, the show could also take an anthology route, much like ‘True Detective’.
The trailer for the second season of ‘Watchmen’ is not available yet. You can find all the places where to stream the entire first season here. Watch the trailer for the first season before you dive into that binge.
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