Regina King says there are “infinite” possibilities for another season of “Watchmen” but she’s not coming back if Damon Lindelof isn’t involved…
When award season comes back around, Regina King should get her best dress ready because she’s probably going to be holding a lot of statues for her work in “Watchmen.”
The critically acclaimed series from HBO was already declared the best show of 2019 but with so much attention being paid to the racial injustices constantly being committed in the United States, the show has taken on a second life in recent weeks. “Watchmen” tackled racial injustice head on from the first seconds of the opening episode when series creator Damon Lindelof blended fiction with the true story of the horrific 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
While “Watchmen” was always painted as “season 1” rather than a limited series, Lindelof said after the finale aired late last year that he didn’t envision coming back for a second season. Lindelof gave his blessing to HBO to potentially move forward with a different creator but he wasn’t planning on coming back unless a specific kind of story struck him that was worth doing.
HBO has been adamant that they would only return to “Watchmen” if Lindelof is involved and now the same cane be said for King, who was the lead star in the series while playing former cop Angela Abar, who took on an alter ego as the crime-fighting vigilante Sister Night.
“Honestly, I feel like I think HBO would want it back in a heartbeat, but if Damon Lindelof doesn’t see an entry point for Season 2 — I think that the possibilities are infinite, but I feel that if Damon doesn’t see it, then it’s going to be a no for me,” King told Reese Witherspoon via Variety when asked about coming back for a second season of “Watchmen.”
King has worked with Lindelof on two separate series now — “Watchmen” and “The Leftovers” — and she’s definitely interested in working with him again, perhaps on an original series in the future. But if Lindelof isn’t coming back for more “Watchmen,” than neither is she.
“I discovered this from working on “Southland,” because that experience was so great, I don’t want to be a part of anything if it’s not a collaborative situation,” King explained. “Damon is such a great collaborator, and at this stage, what’s the point if we can’t feel like we’re taking some bit of ownership?”
There may not be a season 2 but the first season of “Watchmen” is definitely worth a second or even third viewing at this point. It’s currently available on all HBO platforms.