Don't expect to get dragged along for an extended, cliffhanger-heavy ride when HBO's new Watchmen series arrives later this month. Creator Damon Lindelof insists that it'll stand on its own as a self-contained single season.

In a new interview with Deadline, Lindelof declared that he was "not being flippant" when he insists that his Watchmen story is, for now at least, limited to the episodes already on the books.

"We designed these nine episodes to be as self-contained as the original 12 issues. We wanted to feel like there was a sense of completeness, to resolve the essential mystery at hand," he explained. "Obviously, there is a potential promise for the further exploration of the world but like the seasons of Leftovers that I did as opposed to Lost, which was designed to have cliffhanger finales and a promise of future storytelling."

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While Lindelof will not rule out the possibility of returning to do more Watchmen, he does seem to believe that if more seasons don't happen, the season finale will serve as a fine series finale as well.

"When we all sat in the room and talked about what this season of Watchmen was going to be it required a tremendous amount of world-building in terms of all the events that we inherited that occurred before November of '85 when the book ends, or December I guess, technically," he explained of the show's timeline. "Then we had to create a new sense of history from '85 to 2019, which we did and then we had to actually write the show. We did all of that work but we did not talk about what would happen beyond the resolution of this season's story. I feel like it was hard enough just to figure out how to do this season. So my hope is that when this season ends that the audience will feel the same thing we did as storytellers, which is a feeling of completeness and resolution."

In other words, fans won't get lost by any aimless barreling to the finish line with this new series.

Watchmen premieres Sunday, Oct. 20 at 9/8c on HBO.

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