HBO’s Watchmen made its first public debut at the New York Comic-Con (NYCC) and if the response it got is anything to go by, it seems like HBO has found its next big hit now that Game of Thrones has officially ended early this year with its eighth season.
According to Deadline, who reported straight from NYCC, the casts of the upcoming HBO series – Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Jean Smart, Louis Gossett Jr., Tim Blake Nelson, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II – received a “rousing standing ovation from 2,000 fans” the moment they entered the room. A screening of the pilot episode was aired following an interview panel with the cast and there was reportedly “wall-to-wall satisfaction” from the audience once the screening was over.
During the cast interview panel, it was revealed by Damon Lindelof that by the end of Watchmen, the mysteries raised during the course of the show will be nicely resolved. Much like Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore’s (the original creators of Watchmen) creations, Lindelof’s version will have “a beginning, a middle, and an end”, meaning that there will be no cliffhangers teasing a second season, and as far as we know, Watchmen will only be one season long.
“We’re just trying to make this Watchmen worthy,” Lindelof explained during the interview. “We wanted to live up to the name.”
This would make sense as if your story could be neatly wrapped up by its last episode, there is little need to drag it out to a second season and ruin what could have been great.
Gibbons made a surprise appearance at the panel, understandably garnering the most applause, where he graciously praised the adaptation that Lindelof has created, “To me, this is show is an amplification of what we created, not a dillusion.” To which Lindelof respectfully stated that what Gibbons and Moore have created to very much canon to him and he hopes that the show “becomes a gateway drug for kids to now buy the original 12 issues; it is one of the greatest things ever written and illustrated.”
Watchmen will premiere on HBO, as well as HBO GO and all digital networks in Singapore on October 20, 2019.