The pilot of HBO's Watchmen kicked off the series with some surprises, but none were more surprising than the death of the character who many assumed would be one of the show's leads. So is this some kind of trick, or was this death a lasting one?
The character in question was Don Johnson's Judd Crawford, and yes, Crawford will stay dead, according to executive producer Nicole Kassell -- a bit of a surprise given that many viewers believed casting Johnson in the role would give the character automatic longevity.
“I know when people saw the pilot the reaction often is like, no way. Really? You killed him? Is he really dead?” Kassell told Vanity Fair. “It’s like, yeah. He is. It’s horrible. Even with the casting of it, that had to be the ending. Yeah.”
The character's unexpected demise, though, fulfills a notion that showrunner Damon Lindelof had entertained going back to his days working with J.J. Abrams on Lost. In that series, plane crash survivor Jack Sheppard was immediately set up to be the series lead, but the original script called for Sheppard to be unexpectedly killed in the show's pilot. The script was changed, though, before Matthew Fox was cast in the role, and Sheppard remained the lead character throughout the life of the series.
Developed by Damon Lindelof, HBO's Watchmen stars Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Tim Blake Nelson, 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.