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Will HBO’s Watchmen return for a second season or will it stick to its claim of being a limited series?

Note: This article contains major spoilers from the series

HBO’s Watchmen became one of the best television shows in 2019 and kept the network’s momentum intact following the lackluster ending of Game of Thrones. The series was called a “remix” of the classic comics written by Alan Moore and illustrated by by Dave Gibbons in 1986.

The story that showrunner Damon Lindelof and his team of writers wanted to tell was not something that the original comics had, but something that carried on its legacy.

The story and it’s return

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The story takes place nearly a 100 years after the Black Wall Street massacre of 1921. The American society is struggling with the threat of white supremacy and the primary setting is Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Lindelof did well in tying up all the situations in the nine episodes, but there still remained a few unanswered questions that made it look like there’s potential for more. But sadly, the chances of a second season seems very unlikely as the makers did indeed state that it was going to be a limited series. But let’s look at the potential for a return anyway.

Why there won’t be a second season

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The series dominated HBO’s fall season list, and won awards and praise, but chances of it returning seems really low. An early 2020 report by USA Today stated that HBO programming chief Casey Bloys said that the network is only interested in making another season if creator Damon Lindelof is on board, which he’s not. Lindelof told the paper that he was able to tell the story he wanted in the first season and is not interested in another.

A dim ray of light in this whole situation is that HBO hasn’t officially cancelled the show, meaning they might still be hoping for Damon to return. The series won a total of 11 Emmys, including awards for its cast members Regina King and Yahya Abdul Mateen II.

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