HBO’s Watchmen has become the surprise hit TV show of 2019. Based on Alan Moore and David Gibbons’ limited DC comics series, the superhero drama is a “remix” of the original, taking place 34 years later in modern-day Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Season 1 finale, “See How They Fly,” premiered last night in a satisfying conclusion of the breakout series. So satisfying, in fact, that show creator Damon Lindelof doesn’t want to develop another season yet, or maybe ever. In a recent interview with Deadline, Damon Lindelof revealed that as of right now, there’s no need to continue the series:

All I can say is I’ve consistently believed and still believe that these nine episodes are a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end... I just don’t feel compelled to continue the story without a reason to do so. That reason should be a creative reason, idea-driven, and I don’t have any ideas for subsequent seasons of Watchmen currently.

In response to that statement, Deadline persisted that a couple of cliffhangers in the show’s finale (if you watched it, you know which ones) surely prompt a follow-up at some time or another. He acknowledged that the series could "certainly continue" down the road, but he doesn’t know how he would do that at the moment. Lindelof also pointed out that any television show that “doesn’t end with the destruction of creation” has storylines that could be developed further, infinitely. That doesn’t necessarily mean they should be. He likened the situation to shows like Big Little Lies or True Detective, both of which were originally coined as miniseries but have since expanded to “straight up” dramas with the addition of more seasons.

Lindelof jokingly agreed that if Watchmen came back for another round, “the whole season will just be the articles of impeachment written for Redford covering up the squid massacre of 11-2.” Says Lindelof: “That would be riveting television.”

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