“Watchmen” stars Louis Gossett Jr. and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II reflect, during a Variety Streaming Room roundtable, on the series’ depiction of generational trauma and the various ways in which people of color have attempted to overcome past atrocities, like the show’s focal point — the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.

“We had to learn how to adapt so we could survive,” Gossett said. “Survive is the magic word. Having known about the lynchings and just like the Holocaust, we had to make an adjustment. Otherwise, we’ll die away of cancers. … So we encouraged a kind of strength and pride.”