Warning: spoilers for Westworld season 1
Jonathan Nolan has some harsh words for Westworld fans as the showrunner promises to "f-ck" with Reddit in season 2 in order to prevent spoilers.
HBO's big-budget Western took the network by storm in 2016 and adapted Michael Crichton's 1973 movie of the same name. Centering around a Wild West theme park populated by robots, the show brilliantly combined an all-star cast with a gripping storyline to become a huge sci-fi hit. The 10-episode season bowed out in a veritable bloodbath and more questions than you could shake a robotic arm at, but fans have been waiting ever since for the series' return. Now, ahead of the season 2 premiere, the powers that be have teased that there will be even more for audiences to scratch their head over.
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While season 1 was a show-stoppingng affair, those who took to the internet may have found most of the biggest twists ahead of their reveal. Unlike fellow HBO series Game of Thrones, there were no spoiler leaks, just eagle-eyed viewers who pored over every little detail of Westworld. It was something that clearly rattled Nolan's cage, and speaking to the panel at SXSW (via The Independent), he revealed his master plan to deal with those spoilsports in the show that loves to “f-ck with Reddit as much as possible”:
“True Detective had a lot of fan theories that proved to be theories. There are lot of theories about Westworld’s first season that proved to be plot twists. I think for every fan theory, we actually had an episode that dealt with it. We’re figuring out how to sort of interact with that in the second season. A somewhat controversial plan that we’re working on; we’ll have an announcement about it in a couple weeks.”
While Nolan doesn't reveal how he will combat sneaky fan-theorists, the tease of an announcement coming soon will keep everyone guessing.
As well as Jeffrey Wright's Bernard being one of the robotic hosts, some correctly guessed that lead character Dolores was actually the villainous Wyatt, and that the Man in Black was actually an older version of Jimmi Simpson's William, meaning the whole show was running on two different timelines. Everyone loved seeing how Nolan and his wife/co-showrunner Lisa Joy unveiled their master plan, but there is no denying some of the shine was taken off by pesky Redditors guessing their next move.
Nolan is clearly aware of the power of Reddit, but is taking no prisoners when it comes to keeping season 2 of Westworld more secretive than the last. Given that season 1 delivered so many mind-bending twists, it will be an uphill struggle to see how the team can deliver another run of episodes that matches up to the original. However, with most of the cast returning, the robots in full rebellion mode, and expanding the park into the newly introduced ShogunWorld, there is plenty to bring fans back for more when they head back to the park for Westworld season 2.
Westworld season 2 premieres April 22 on HBO.
Source: The Independent