Watchmen Showrunner Assures This Major Character Will NOT Appear

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for "An Almost Religious Awe," the latest episode of Watchmen.

In the latest episode of Watchmen, fans were shocked to discover that Doctor Manhattan had been hiding among the HBO series’ cast ever since the premiere. The all-powerful blue god now joins Laurie Blake (the former Silk Spectre) and Adrian Veidt (who still goes by Ozymandias) as the third character from the original Watchmen comic to appear on the series.

Naturally, fans may wonder if other members of the Watchmen superhero team will show up next in the final two chapters. According to series creator Damon Lindelof, there is one name we can cross off the list: Dan Dreiberg, aka Nite Owl II.

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When asked by The Hollywood Reporter if there is any chance Dan will show up before the end of Watchmen’s first season, Lindelof answered: “I regret to inform you…and you have my word on this…there will be no Dan in this season of Watchmen. Beyond his hovership and dildo design, there was no natural fit for him in this particular story. By the way, if you're looking for a cool Easter egg, check out what Dan called his gift to Laurie on Peteypedia.”

Both the series, and the Peteypedia backmatter files, have confirmed that the former Nite Owl is currently in prison. Perhaps the character will make an appearance later on, should the HBO series return for a second season.

Watchmen's eighth episode, "A God Walks Into A Bar," airs Dec. 8, with the season finale airing the following Sunday, Dec. 15.

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Developed by Damon Lindelof, HBO's Watchmen stars Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Jean Smart, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tom Mison, James Wolk, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith and Adelynn Spoon. The series airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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