"I think it probably has more to do with the culture than it has to do with my feelings about the episode personally," Lindelof tells Rolling Stone of his anxiety over reaction to Sunday's finale. "Putting aside anything that relates to my own work, the Lost finale, or The Leftovers finale, I feel like we’ve moved into this space of, the only part of the game that matters is the final 30 seconds of the fourth quarter. It doesn’t matter if you had an undefeated season. If you lose in the Super Bowl on a missed field goal, that’s all anyone cares about. I don’t think this is paranoid delusion on my part. I’ve seen multiple pieces, people I really respect who have embraced Watchmen, have said things like, 'If they stick the landing…' or 'I’m not sure they can stick the landing.' For someone who has experienced a fair amount of finale trauma, I think I would be insane to approach this final episode of Watchmen with anything other than a high degree of trepidation and anxiety, just on general principal. Secondary to that, I wanted to design the season of Watchmen to feel like it had a beginning, a middle, and end, just like the original 12 issues did." Asked if it's fair to say he's done telling a Watchmen story, Lindelof responds: "I don’t think that’s fair. I think that it would be foolish to say 'never.' And to say 'done.' Because every great heist movie is borne on the back of a character who is out of the game. If Clint Eastwood was done, then we never would have gotten Unforgiven. I know that it’s hubris to say, 'I’m done with Watchmen,' and I wouldn’t want to wake up two years from now with divine interv— I mean inspiration. Interesting that I almost said 'intervention.' If that were to happen, I would probably go for it. But I am comfortable saying, 'Every single idea that we had is onscreen and presented in these nine episodes. And there isn’t anything that occurred to us that was like, '"Oh, that would be a good Season Two. We should save that."' Everything that we wanted to do, we did. So I feel like the plate is empty. There’s nothing rattling around in my brain right now that feels like a compulsion to do more. That said, I feel like Watchmen is bigger than me. Of course it is. It survived without me and endured as one of the greatest pieces of storytelling for 30 years before I had anything to do with it. So I got my turn at the wheel — just like I had a turn at the helm of Star Trek, and then I stepped back, and now others have taken it. I do have a desire for there to be more Watchmen. Maybe these nine episodes have demonstrated that the playing field is a little bit larger than previously thought. It may inspire someone else to tell a Watchmen story. But right now, I don’t have any more ideas."
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