Watchmen Showrunner Reveals Why There Was No Nite Owl In The Show

The end of Watchmen last weekend brought a satisfying conclusion to what was one of the best shows of this year for me. I enjoyed it right from the start, but with memories of LOST, I did have worries about whether showrunner Damon Lindelof could stick the landing. For me, they totally did.

I’ll certainly try to avoid any spoilers in this article, however, let’s just say that of all main characters from the original Watchmen graphic novel, one character was notable by their absence, that of Dan Dreiberg aka Nite Owl II. We did get to see some of Nite Owl’s ship Archie, and he was mentioned in passing, but he was not involved at all. Now Damon Lindelof has explained why when speaking with Collider.

“Oh my God, yes. I would say that we committed, it’s hard to quantify hours. But, if someone said that we kicked around that possibility for 40 hours of overall room time, that would feel a little low to me. But, one of the things that we are constantly trying to solve for, was the ratio between old and new. And, I felt very strongly that Laurie needed to be in this show, and, I felt very strongly that Manhattan needed to be in the show. And, I felt very strongly that Veidt needed to be in the show. And, we knew that the central character of the show was Hooded Justice and his granddaughter. It felt like, if we added Dan into the mix, that the balance tipped too much towards the old, and not enough towards the new. But, we did discuss multiple versions of what it would look like for him to appear.”

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Honestly, some fans might have wished to see Nite Owl in this, but the show was so damn good I can’t see where he would have fit in. The rest all had a connection to one another, and whilst they could have written in one for Dreiberg, I thought it was an almost perfect, tight, nine-episode deep story that worked from start to end.

What about Dreiberg being a big part of Season 2? If there is ever a Season 2, then I’d like it to be a very different story from Season 1, because that story is over for me, the repercussions, however, perhaps not? As to whether there will ever be a Season 2, it likely won’t feature Lindelof, here is what he told Variety recently when asked about a possible Season 2 of Watchmen.

“I am deeply, profoundly appreciative for how well received the season has been up until now, and I don’t want to feel like I’m ungrateful, but I still don’t have any inclination whatsoever to continue the story, and that is largely and almost exclusively based on the fact that I don’t have an idea. If I’m going to be involved in any more Watchmen, I should be able to answer the questions, why, and why now, and the answers to those questions shouldn’t be, ‘Well because that’s what you do, because the first one was good.’ I’m not saying there shouldn’t be a second season of Watchmen, and I’m not even saying that that season shouldn’t feature some of the characters in this season of Watchmen. I just don’t know what it should be. I certainly don’t feel like the season ends on a cliffhanger. Although, I guess it’s possible that others might perceive it as such. I would be really interested in debating them.”

I agree with Lindelof as said above, that story is ended, but there is no reason someone cannot create a new story from those building blocks and it could even feature some of this cast.

What did you think of Watchmen and were you disappointed to not see Nite Owl? Leave your thoughts below quickly, tick, tock, tick, tock…

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