“Watchmen’s” somewhat secretive completion seems, by all accounts, to be the final appearance ever to be made by the HBO series, excepting a change of heart by producer Damon Lindelof.
Lindelof, the co-maker of “Lost,” disclosed to USA Today that he was passing on a second season yet had “given my blessing” to HBO to continue without him. Without slamming the door totally, the network said it was probably not going to do extra episodes without Lindelof’s contribution.
Lindelof had said all along that the nine episodes spun out of the acclaimed graphic novel – about another history where superheroes exist, and Richard Nixon remained president well into the 1980s – were a self-contained story, and that there probably won’t be a follow-up.
All things considered, the fame of the series – especially among an avid core of fans – sustained desires that HBO would be anxious to proceed with the franchise in some style. (The network, as CNN, is a unit of WarnerMedia.)
First published in the mid-1980s, “Watchmen” was for quite some time considered unadaptable before being transformed into a 2009 film by director Zack Snyder. The arrangement based on the foundation of the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, however, extended its template with new characters that carried the story into the present day.
Notwithstanding rave reviews, the series collected various accolades, including a spot for the American Film Institute’s list of the top TV programs of 2019.
HBO estimated that episodes were viewed by more than 7 million watchers on average over its different linear and digital platforms. Those aren’t blockbuster numbers by the pay channel’s standards, yet they are the highest for a first-year HBO drama, per Vulture, since “Big Little Lies” in 2017.