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Showrunner Damon Lindelof won’t commit to another year of
1. Angela’s Egg
Season one’s cliffhanger—did Angela obtain Dr. Manhattan’s powers?—is the most obvious jumping-off point for a second year. All signs point to the fact that Angela did gain the powers. It defies the laws of physics an egg remained perfectly intact after being smashed to the ground. Only Dr. Manhattan could have kept it safe. And with Will telling Angela, “You can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs,” it certainly seems like “Cal” left some clear instructions behind for his wife.
It’s hard to imagine
2. “Dr. Moscow?”
The writing on
The scene in question saw Senator Joe Keene talking to reporters after the Seventh Kavalry attempted to take him “hostage” in episode three. A reporter yelled out, “Can you comment on the Russians building an intrinsic field generator?”
It seemed like a monumental question at the time, because Jon Osterman became a blue god thanks to an intrinsic field subtractor. That was the only time the issue was raised though. Why mention the Russians and amazing technology at all if they weren’t going to matter in season one? It only makes sense if Russia will play a huge role later.
America’s pending nuclear war with Russia framed the original
Angela might be the new Dr. Manhattan, but she could meet her equal in Dr. Moscow.
A new memo on the show’s companion website
But a disgraced former agent with an unhealthy superhero obsession would make for a dynamic character in season two. Especially since his costume is a direct reference to a character from
4. The Kids Might Not Be Alright
Young Topher finally seemed to find some peace after discovering Angela was a superhero. But is that a good thing? “Masks make men cruel,” and they cover up a lot of painful emotions and make them impossible to recover from. For a kid who lost his parents under truly awful circumstances, it might not be the best thing for him to find comfort in masked vigilantism.
But at least he’s not in Bian’s shoes. She realized she’s a clone filled with the memories of a dead woman. Then she saw her mother/daughter die while attempting to become a literal god. You don’t have to be a child psychologist to know that this is
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5. The Truth About the Squid
The worst people in the world, white nationalists, were right about Adrian Veidt’s squid. It was a huge hoax. Now Laurie Blake and Wade Tillman are going to reveal the truth to everyone, using Ozymandias’ own stupid message. And when they do, they will take down President Robert Redford and much of the U.S. government too.
It’s going to reshape the entire planet overnight. It will destroy three decades of tenuous world peace. Redford’s liberal policies could become null and void, and anger could replace mass fear about alien invasions. And even if Russia doesn’t have its own Dr. Manhattan, the world could return to the brink of nuclear war once again.
It’s enough to set up multiple seasons of stories.
6. Nite Owl
The only still-living major figure from the original comic not seen in the first season was Nite Owl. Dan Dreiberg was referenced on the show, and Laurie still keeps a pet owl as a tribute to her ex, but that was it. He wasn’t released from jail and he never personally contributed to the story, even though his iconic airship Archie did.
A Nite Owl return in season two would help connect the show and comic in a new way. It would also open up new possibilities for Laurie Blake’s own story. And Nite Owl was arguably the most pure-hearted of the old superheroes. How has he changed—or not—after years on the run and decades spent in jail?