One of this Fall’s most anticipated new series is HBO’s Watchmen, which premiered last night. The series takes place 5 years after the the end of the famous graphic novel, so it’s not an adaptation of what came before, but instead an entirely new story. It’s not even a sequel to the 2009 film either, as became apparent pretty early on due to the differences in how the film ended and how the comic book ended. Regardless of the differences though, HBO is still banking on the show to be a huge hit, and yet the network has yet to green light a second season. According to executive producer Damon Lindelof, it might not happen either.
“We designed these nine episodes to be as self-contained as the original 12 issues [of the comics],” Lindelof said during New York Comic Con to Deadline. “We wanted to feel like there was a sense of completeness, to resolve the essential mystery at hand. Obviously, there is a potential promise for the further exploration of the world but like the seasons of Leftovers that I did as opposed to Lost, which was designed to have cliffhanger finales and a promise of future storytelling. Does that mean that there isn’t going to be anymore Watchmen? Not necessarily. Does that mean that I will be working on subsequent seasons of Watchmen? I don’t know is the answer to that question.”
Watchmen is of course very different from other comic books, in that the original series only had 12 issues, with only a few other spin-off issues released years later. This means of course that anything written for the screen would have to be original stories not seen before. Still, that doesn’t mean another season couldn’t happen. What it all comes down to is how successful the series is, and how much demand there is for another season. It’s all about the money, and if it’s there, it will make things happen.