Why Watchmen Ran Short Of Its 10-Episode Order

If you’ve been keeping up with this season’s TV shows, you may have noticed quite a bit of positive buzz surrounding Watchmen, HBO’s series that takes place in a modern alternate universe, thirty years after the events in the graphic novel. Pretty much all opinions I’ve seen have been glowing, and while I’m personally only five episodes in, I can see why.

A couple of days ago saw the airing of “See How They Fly,” the season finale of the acclaimed series. Oddly enough, this season ended up only being nine episodes in length, which was at odds with the 10-episode order from HBO. So, what’s that all about?

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“The original plan was to do ten,” explained showrunner Damon Lindelof. “And, then, I think around the time that we had written the scripts for four and five, and understanding what episode six was going to be — and six needed to happen exactly when it happened in the season, in our opinion — that we felt like once six ended, that we were closer to the ending than we were to the beginning.”

“Six didn’t feel like a midpoint,” continued Lindelof. “It felt like, we now know everything that we need to know to move into the endgame. And, every way that we looked at it, it felt like if we were going to do seven, eight, nine and ten, one of those episodes was going to be filler. And I was like, ‘We’re just not doing the filler episode. We know exactly what we need to do in our endgame. It’s time to start doing it. I don’t want to stall.’”

You gotta respect HBO for allowing that. You couldn’t necessarily blaming them for expecting to plan for 10 episodes in terms of their overall programming, and wanting to push for more. However, as time has proven, vision-first tends to have much better long-term ramifications.

So, what do you think? Did Watchmen have the perfect ending at nine episodes? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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