Updated February 3, 2020: Damon Lindelof has backtracked a little bit on his previous statement that he has "no interest in a second season of" HBO's Watchmen. The showrunner re-opened that door, to borrow a phrase he's used in the past, to being "barely ajar" that he could return for more.
"I never wanna close the door completely because if two, three years from now I say, 'I just had another idea,' it will be that much harder to open. But I would say it’s barely ajar," Lindelof told Deadline at the Writers Guild of America Awards this past weekend. "I think that there are no current plans to make any more Watchmen. If the idea comes, I would be enthusiastic about it, the idea may not come from me. I would be super excited about it coming from someone else. So my position hasn’t changed."
This has been something Lindelof has said since the show's ending, but in January USA Today quoted him as saying he had "no interest in a second season" - which would seem different from wanting to keep the possibility of returning "slightly ajar."
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Original Story from January 6, 2020: HBO's Watchmen showrunner Damon Lindelof has closed the door, resoundingly, on his long-running "will he? won't he?" public decision-making about returning for a second season of the series. According to USA Today, Lindelof has "no interest in a second season" but he says he has given HBO "my blessing" to continue on with someone else.
HBO's programming chief Casey Bloys responded, saying "It would be hard to imagine doing it without Damon involved in some way."
Back in December, Lindelof told The Hollywood Reporter that he would "welcome" other candidates be considered to continue Watchmen.
"Maybe that idea is going to come from someone else," Lindelof said of further seasons. "I would welcome that, 100%."