HBO’s Watchmen arrived with a bang at the end of 2019 with a story we will undoubtedly continue to unpack well into 2020. Created by Damon Lindelof and according to the 1986-87 DC Comics series of the same name composed by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, the show picks up season after the original comics finished, transforming this Cold War-era story into a manifestation of white supremacy and its influence on politics in America now.
Though we do not have the official word on Watchmen Season two getting greenlit, there’s still lots of advice available to give us a sense of what could occur in a new season. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the logistics of another Watchmen season, such as how it could happen, who might come back in the Season 1 cast, and if a Season 2 release date might arrive.
HAS WATCHMEN BEEN RENEWED FOR SEASON 2?
Not yet, but it is vital to recall Watchmen was never originally made with the intention for it to last longer than 1 season. From the very start, Damon Lindelof has claimed Watchmen has been pictured as a standalone restricted series, and, as such, the story he meant to inform was going to feel like a complete story.
With Season 1 in the bag along with plenty of critical acclaims as well as enthusiast praise swarming the series, it’s very possible HBO could choose to renew for Season two. However, as of late December 2019, it’s still a fighting game.
IS DAMON LINDELOF COMING BACK FOR WATCHMEN SEASON 2?
This is a much more difficult question to answer to the preceding one. Lindelof has been extremely coy about whether he’d come back in any capacity for Watchmen Season 2. Discussing with Variety in a meeting posted just after the Season 1 finale, Lindelof mentioned his obscure fascination with the notion of returning without actually confirming he is fully on-board for this.
“Right now the distance that HBO is in and that I’m in is we are asking the question,’If there be an additional season of Watchmen? ”’ Lindelof told Variety, continuing, “And if there should be another season, what would it be? I’m not saying I do not wish to perform it, or it shouldn’t exist. I am only saying,’Boy, every idea I had gone into this year of Watchmen.’ I’m going to set my antenna up if anything’s being received by it, see. If it’s not getting anything in a reasonable season and I will just say off the top of my head, it seems complete and random, but just like a couple of months doesn’t feel foolish, you know, January, February, maybe March then I believe we proceed on to your question, which is, if not me, then who?”
WHEN WILL WATCHMEN SEASON 2 RELEASE DATE ARRIVE?
In case Watchmen failed, in reality, score a Season 2, it’s quite possible we won’t notice it materialize until at least 2021. The high-concept series feels aligned with another large HBO series, Westworld, concerning its range, storytelling, and craftsmanship (also hard to ignore both are based on favorite films and books, but I digress).
Even though HBO greenlit Watchmen Season 2 until the end of 2019, the prestige nature of this series should have you prepared for a 2021 premiere date since it is going to require some time to make it through the production process. And that’s assuming Lindelof (or somebody else) can come up with a fantastic idea for the plot.
IS THERE A TRAILER FOR WATCHMEN SEASON 2?
There is no trailer for Watchmen Season 2 because it’s December 2019 and Season 2 doesn’t exist yet. But it might exist in 2020 or 2021, however, I haven’t yet swallowed the egg-containing Doctor Manhattan’s powers that would let me share the trailer with you. Fam.
WHICH WATCHMEN CAST MEMBERS WILL COME BACK FOR SEASON 2?
None of the Watchmen cast has officially declared whether they are signed on for a Season two (should it happen), so we can’t confirm it nor could we proceed to guess what could happen in Season 2 predicated on who’s coming back.
That said, we do have a decent idea of which cast members could go back for Season 2 predicated on the ending on Season 1. Those cast members include Regina King (Angela Abar, aka Sister Night); Tim Blake Nelson (Wade Tillman, aka Looking Glass); Jean Smart (Laurie Blake); Jeremy Irons (Adrian Veidt); Louis Gossett, Jr. (Will Reeves, aka Hooded Justice); Tom Mison (Mr. Phillips); Sarah Vickers (Ms. Crookshanks); Dylan Schombing (Topher Abar); Jolie Hoang-Rappaport (Bian).
Unfortunately, based on the Season 1 finale, we know that Hong Chau (Lady Trieu), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Doctor Manhattan), and James Wolk (Senator Joe Keene, Jr.) can not come back unless their personalities appear in flashbacks.
HOW DID WATCHMEN SEASON 1 END?
The Watchmen Season 1 finale was literally and figuratively volatile, with a lot of loops closed as new ones opened and the episode ultimately capped by a meaning-laden end credits song that had us scratching our heads.
Fundamentally, everyone wanted to be gloomy. Senator Joe Keene, Jr. and Lady Trieu had their various reasons for needing to catch and absorb Doctor Manhattan’s powers. Keene Jr. was a gross racist who, I’m imagining, desired Doc’s abilities to reevaluate some gross racist atrocities on people of color. Meanwhile, Trieu stated she wanted the powers to make the planet a better place but wouldn’t have used those abilities permanently and was likely motivated by selfish ambition for power.
It was Angela who was the heir to Doctor Manhattan’s powers. Angela remembered her late husband’s voice about being able to move his powers into organic matter in addition to the memory of their struggle wherein she ended up smashing all but one important egg while he made pancakes. Angela ended up moving out to the pool (since Manhattan had taught her to perform before his passing ) and eating the egg, which presumably contained his powers.
We also learned Lady Trieu was the daughter of Adrian Veidt. Despite their contentious relationship, we saw that Veidt and his progeny had a serious bit of comeuppance for their shared trait of cold intellect. While Trieu was killed by the machine meant to transfer Manhattan’s powers into the own body, Wade Tillman and Laurie Blake ended up arresting Veidt for his orchestration of the fake inter-dimensional squid assault at the late’80s.
WHAT IS THE PLOT OF WATCHMEN SEASON 2?
We do not know the plot of Watchmen Season 2 but that is only because the series hasn’t been renewed yet. 1 thing that I hope we get from Watchmen Season two: Vindication for Lube Man, who was demonstrated to become Agent Dale Petey via a stern and 100% actual memo by Petey’s boss at the FBI (via Peteypedia). The Silver Surfer analog deserves a lot more screentime than that he had been given in Season 1 and requires several ASAP.
In all seriousness (although I’m hella serious about #MoreLubeMan2021), Season 2 could go in an array of directions. If Season two were to continue the narrative it put up in Season 1, the focus could be turned to the Earth trial of Adrian Veidt because of his faked attack and the growth of Angela Abar as Doctor Manhattan II. There might also be an investigation into its legitimacy in the USA and the future of vigilantism in addition to the white supremacist group Cyclops’ infiltration of the Tulsa police department’s fallout.
Or, Season 2 has the choice to have a more anthological strategy to Watchmen while keeping up Lindelof’s aims to carry on the narrative initially set down in Moore’s Watchmen comic book. If this were to happen, Watchmen could bring in an entirely new set of characters existing within the alternate timeline of the world and with full knowledge of the events of Season 1 but living out a fresh story.
Did someone say… Nite Owl?
HOW CAN I WATCH WATCHMEN SEASON 2?
In case Watchmen does, in reality, return for Season 2 then you will have the ability to watch it the same way you saw Season 1: on HBO. And for those who, like me, like to re-watch episodes, you will need to be certain that to have a subscription to HBO or HBO Go Today so because it goes together with that you may re-binge Season 1 then keep up with Season 2.