‘Watchmen’ Showrunner Damon Lindelof Discusses That Doctor Manhattan Cliffhanger

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Damon Lindelof opened up on Watchmen‘s cliffhanger ending with Regina King’s Angela Abar potentially receiving Doctor Manhattan’s powers.

Although many fans of Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen are desperate to see a second season after the dramatic cliffhanger which saw Angela potentially receive Doctor Manhattan’s powers, the showrunner revealed he has no ideas for a follow-up. But when speaking to ComicBook.com recently, Lindelof opened up about making the limited series about her journey and whether she actually got the powers from the egg Doctor Manhattan left her.

“I don’t want to confirm or deny that she did in fact get Doctor Manhattan’s abilities other than to say that she definitely opted in for them by eating the egg. But I think that, again, to kind of come back to the idea of not just comic book myth, but also very specifically Watchmen, that we get these origin stories. We want to know why these people put on the mask. Some of the most memorable parts of the original text are what we call the Old Testament where explaining how Rorschach became Rorschach or how Doctor Manhattan became Doctor Manhattan. We wanted to do the same thing for Angela.”

Lindelof continued to dive into her final choice at the end of the episode, explaining that everyone is born with “a certain pull.” The showrunner went on to say her decision to suit up and become a masked hero was obviously inherited through her family, and the series provided her a justification for evolving past the need for her Sister Night identity.

“If this entire season is basically a conduit leading up to a choice that she is going to make to become divine, to potentially have omnipotence, we wanted to show her kind of go through a journey and primarily a journey of understanding herself. I think we’re all born with a certain pull. For Angela, the pull to enforce justice and ultimately be a law enforcement officer is something that she learns is a desire that was inherited not just from her grandfather, but from her father as well who also wore a uniform. This idea of explaining the costume that you wear and why you put it on and what it means to you, it’s part of her journey, but then an equal justification for why it’s time now to take that costume off and evolve in some way.”

When the conversation circled back to a follow-up to the series, Lindelof told the outlet that he’d love to see more from the world, but he shouldn’t be the one to bring it to life unless he had the perfect idea. He explained that although it took 30 years for a sequel series, it shouldn’t be as long till the next chapter of the Watchmen story.

“It took 30 years to kind of justify a continuation of Watchmen. Hopefully, it won’t take 30 more. I really do think that there should be more Watchmen and soon. I just don’t think that I should be the one doing it unless I’m like, ‘I know exactly how to do so.’”

What do you think of Watchmen‘s ending? Do you think Angela becomes the new Doctor Manhattan? Let us know in the comments!

Here is the official synopsis for Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen:

Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, WATCHMEN embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.

Watchmen stars Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk. The series is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, based on Alan Moore’s graphic novel co-created and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and published by DC.

Watchmen aired on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on HBO.

Source: ComicBook.com

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