As a series, Watchmen has recently been reclassified by HBO in order to leave season 2 and beyond open. It was last fall that the series premiered on HBO and was based on the 1986-87 Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons comic book series. The series was created by Damon Lindelof and used the real-life 1921 Tulsa race massacre as its starting point, a story that told through the Watchmen Universes lens about white supremacy and racial injustice.
The first season which was critically-acclaimed was deemed a success and saw its audience growing mostly through word of mouth and the result was attention being given to a historical atrocity that has been overlooked.
The season finale left several unanswered questions even though it was mostly conclusive and Lindelof has mentioned multiple times that there are no plans on a second season. However, Lindelof stated that he would support the show becoming an anthology in the event each season featured a new showrunner where a different story is seen through the lens of the Watchmen universe.
HBO Reclassifies the Watchmen
The recent reclassification by HBO however does bring uncertainty into the equation. The reclassification saw the company switching it from a drama series to a limited series after the completion of the first season. In its statement, HBO said, “We discussed with the producers and felt limited series was the most accurate representation of the show and any possible future installments”.
In doing so, the company has essentially laid to rest the story from the first season and that any future installments will not follow. The majority of share this feeling due to its attitude towards racism and violence in America and how it deconstructs the superhero genre. The belief that it can’t replicate this in any way without disappointing fans. Therefore, if a second season were to be made, it would need to examine a different setting in the Watchmen universe.
Watchmen season 2, if released would then allow for the entry of a different storyteller to make their mark in the series. This essentially could allow the series to be sustainable with each season featuring a different storyteller before the torch is passed to another.