Watchmen Writers Discuss Creating HBO's "Anti-Copaganda Cop Show"

While it would be easy for Damon Lindelof to get lost in the euphoria that comes with his "remix" pseudo-sequel to comic book classic Watchmen earning 26 Emmy nominations (including for Outstanding Drama Series and acting noms for Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jovan Adepo, Louis Gossett Jr., and Jean Smart), he's always made it a point of sharing the love and giving credit where credit is due. In particular, he credits his writing room of Cord Jefferson, Stacy Osei-Kuffour, Christal Henry, Lila Byock, Carly Wray, Claire Kiechel, Nick Cuse, Jeff Jensen, Tom Spezialy, and writers' assistant Ryan Lipscom for the series' impact over the past year.

Regina King as Angela Abar in her Sister Night costume in Watchmen
Regina King as Angela Abar in her Sister Night costume in Watchmen

Now, Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) is learning more about the team from Lindelof in the newest edition of HBO's "The Official Watchmen Podcast." In addition, supervising producers/writers Henry and Byock and story editor Osei-Kuffour discuss what it was like creating an "anti-copaganda cop show" and the initial difficulties that come from "writing fearlessly."

Bleeding Cool's Watchmen Reviews: A Look-Back

Bleeding Cool praised how powerful the Nicole Kassell (Castle Rock)-directed series premiere "It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice" was (review here), while "Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship" kept the momentum going by deepening the conspiracies at play (review here). Jean Smart's Agent Laurie Blake took center stage in "She Was Killed by Space Junk", elevating the tension while serving as "devil's advocate" (review here).

"If You Don't Like My Story, Write Your Own" (review here), introduced us to Lady Trieu (Hong Chau), saw Angela (Regina King) look to Looking Glass (Tim Blake Nelson) for help when things started hitting too close to home and revealed how Adrian (Jeremy Irons) "trains" new servants as his escape attempts continued We learned Wade Tillman aka Looking Glass' "origin story" (and possibly his final days) in "Little Fear of Lightning" (our review here), as Agent Blake places Angela under arrest but not before she goes "nostalgic."

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A look at the squid from Watchmen (Image: HBO)

Angela comes to understand her true past and the truth about "This Extraordinary Being" Will (Louis Gossett Jr. – review here), a truth that starts with the formation of the Minutemen. "An Almost Religious Awe" (our review here) brought with it the major reveal that Dr. Manhattan has been with us the entire time, and he's a major part of the Seventh Kalvary's plan.

With the penultimate episode "A God Walks into Abar" (review here), we were offered a look back at the seeds of Angela and "Cal's" tragic (and apocalyptic) love story – the heart of our series. Which brought us to season/series finale "See How They Fly", where the machinations of the Seventh Kalvary, Sen. Keene, Lady Trieu, "Calhattan", Adrian, Angela, and Agent Laurie come to a head – as the world of Lindelof's Watchmen comes to an end… and to a beginning (review here).

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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