HBO’s Watchmen Trailer, Details, News, and Episode Guide

We've got everything you need to know about HBO's Watchmen TV series from Damon Lindelof.

Watchmen: Night Owl and the Comedian art by Dave Gibbons

The Leftovers wrapped its final season to wild critical acclaim, so Damon Lindelof is sticking around HBO to bring us a Watchmen TV series.

Watchmen is finally getting the prestige cable drama that fans have wanted for as long as prestige cable drama has been a thing. This has been in the works for quite some time, and the HBO series is finally here.

Nicole Kassell is directing the pilot and executive producing alongside Lindelof, Tom Spezialy, Stephen Williams (who will also direct), and Joseph Iberti. 

Watchmen Episodes

We’ll post links to all our reviews of HBO’s Watchmen, as well as any other information we can find on the episodes, right here!

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Watchmen Episode 1: It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice

air date: 10/20/19

directed by: Nicole Kassell

written by: Damon Lindelof

read our review of “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice” right here.

Watchmen Episode 2: Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship

air date: 10/27/19

directed by: Nicole Kassell

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written by: Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse

read our review of “Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship” right here.

Watchmen Episode 3: She Was Killed by Space Junk

air date: 11/3/19

directed by: Stephen Williams

written by: Damon Lindelof and Lila Byock

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read our review of “She Was Killed By Space Junk” right here.

Watchmen Episode 4: If You Don’t Like My Story, Write Your Own

air date: 11/10/19

directed by: Andrij Parekh

written by: Damon Lindelof and Christal Henry

read our review of “If You Don’t Like My Story, Write Your Own” here.

Watchmen Episode 5: Little Fear of Lightning

air date: 11/17/19

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directed by: Steph Green

written by: Damon Lindelof and Carly Wray

read our review of “Little Fear of Lightning” here.

Watchmen Episode 6: This Extraordinary Being

air date: 11/24/19

directed by: Stephen Williams

written by: Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson

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read our review of “This Extraordinary Being” here.

Watchmen Episode 7: An Almost Religious Awe

directed by: David Semel

written by: Stacy Osei-Kuffour and Claire Kiechel

air date: 12/1/19

read our review of “An Almost Religious Awe” here.

Watchmen Episode 8: A God Walks Into Abar

directed by: Nicole Kassell

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written by: Jeff Jensen and Damon Lindelof

air date: 12/8/19

read our review of “A God Walks Into Abar” here.

Watchmen Episode 9: See How They Fly

directed by: Frederick E.O. Toye

written by: Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof

air date: 12/15/19

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read our review of “See How They Fly” here.

Watchmen HBO TV Series Trailer

The final trailer is focused almost excusively on the new characters the show has to offer, and while it’s tonally consistent with the book, it leans hard into the idea that this show has its own story to tell.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-33JCGEGzwU

Watch the first, eerie trailer for HBO’s Watchmen TV series here!

We broke down all of the weird clues and callbacks to the original story right here.

This brand new featurette from HBO reveals some more details and footage, too…

Watchmen HBO Review

Beyond just slick costuming, however, Watchmen’s key to success is its confidence and clarity of vision. “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice” begins with a sequence in America’s not-distant-enough past that is abjectly terrifying and a purely Watchmen-ian take on the superhero origin story.”

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read our full (and spoiler free) review of Watchmen episode 1 right here.

Watchmen HBO TV Series Release Date

Watchmen premiered on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 9 pm on HBO. 

Watchmen HBO TV Series Story

Lindelof’s vision appears unrelated to a Watchmen series discussed by Zack Snyder (who directed the film version) and HBO back in 2015. It’s not clear how far those particular talks got, or what the actual plan for it was. 

Lindelof offered some ambiguous answers to what this show is actually going to be about in a five page open letter to fans posted on Instagram last year. In it, he adopts a familiar, Watchmen-esque device of jumping around in timelines, telling simultaneously his story of his own introduction to and love for the source material, and his journey to becoming a showrunner for it. He also gives hints about what shape the series will take. It’s still a little obscure, but this is as close to a statement of intent as we get:

“We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago,” Lindelof wrote. “Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted.”

This is where things get a little murkier, though…

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“They will, however, be remixed,” he continued. “Because the bass lines in those familiar tracks are just too good and we’d be fools not to sample them. Those original twelve issues are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along it did not erase what came before it…it all happened. And so it will be with Watchmen. The Comedian died. Dan and Laurie fell in love. Ozymandias saved the world and Dr. Manhattan left it just after blowing Rorschach to pieces in the bitter cold of Antarctica. To be clear, Watchmen is canon. Just the way Mr. Moore wrote it, the way Mr. Gibbons drew it and the way the brilliant John Higgins colored it.”

You’ll note that there’s not a word about the film adaptation in all of this. Zack Snyder’s 2009 adaptation has its defenders, and visually it’s certainly faithful enough to the comics, but it was admittedly limited by the constraints of a movie runtime. A TV series has considerably more freedom.

But, Lindelof also cautions “we are not making a ‘sequel’ either,” he wrote. “This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built…but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original…It must ask new questions and explore the world through a fresh lens. Most importantly, it must be contemporary.”

read more: How HBO’s Watchmen Was Brought to Life

He goes on to point out that just as the original was a product of the ’80s and the Reagan/Thatcher era, while this one “will resonate with the frequency of Trump and May and Putin.” It’s not an “end of the world” story, either.

With this new setting will come new characters, although it’s interesting that he says that “SOME (emphasis mine) of the characters will be unknown.”

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We have some clues about it all here.

Watchmen TV Series Cast

And playing those “unknown” characters? It’s quite a cast. Here’s the full list, as it stands right now…

Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith, and Adelynn Spoon.

Jeremy Irons as Adrian Veidt in the HBO Watchmen TV Series

Based on the footage HBO revealed, it appears that Jeremy Irons is playing Adrian Veidt. We have more on that right here. You can also spot Jean Smart in that footage, as well.

Deadline revealed that Hong Chau (Downsizing) will play a character known as “Lady T.” No other details are currently available, other than the character’s nationality is Vietnamese.

James Wolk (Mad Men) has a “major recurring role” which Deadline describes as “a junior senator from Omaha.”

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Deadline also has word that Dustin Ingraham (Sun Records) has a “key recurring role.” No other details are available at this time.

We’ll continue to update this as more information becomes available.

Mike Cecchini is the Editor in Chief of Den of Geek. You can read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @wayoutstuff.