HBO’s Watchmen series premiere is rapidly approaching, and Damon Lindelof is finally opening up about what exactly the series will cover.

In an in-depth interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lindelof has finally shared some information about how his new Watchmen series fits in with the source material and more. First and foremost, he explains how the series is neither a sequel or a reboot saying, “We treat the original 12 issues as canon. They all happened. We haven’t done any revisionist history, but we can maneuver in between the cracks and crevices and find new stories there.” From his wording, we’re assuming this means that the squid monster destroyed New York City as opposed to the Dr. Manhattan energy wave of the film version.

As to the general state of the world, we learn in the interview that Robert Redford has been president for 28 years, and technology such as the internet and cell phones have been outlawed. Fossil fuels are also a thing of the past thanks to work Dr. Manhattan did before he abandoned the planet to live on Mars.

As we enter this new world of Watchmen, Lindelof is keenly aware of how he may make decisions that splinter fans. “I’ve had a lot of reservations about a lot of the creative choices made in the show,” he said. I don’t think any of the choices were made without reservations and conversations and ultimately a decision. I’m not entirely sure I’ll be able to defend every decision I made, but I’ll be able to explain why I made it.”

The entire interview is worth a read, and it seems as though Lindelof has thought about every corner of this world. Will it be enough, though, to please fans of the original source material? We’ll just have to wait to find out.

Watchmen debuts on HBO on Oct. 20.


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SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly