As HBO's Westworld returns for season 2, showrunner Lisa Joy reveals the frankly bizarre fact that the robotic hosts really do poop.
It has been nearly two years since the ambitious remake of Michael Crichton's 1973 movie first hit screens, however, Westworld is still being heralded as one of the best sci-fi shows in living memory. Mixing the tech-terror of Jurassic Park with the Western backdrop of Deadwood, Westworld kept its viewers hooked with its attention to detail. Now, for those ever questioning just how realistic the hosts are, the showrunners have the answer.
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Speaking to EW, Joy revealed that even something as minor as robots going to the toilet has been thought of by her and co-creator/husband Jonathan Nolan:
"The hosts are basically organic. It's cheaper that way to print them out. They eat, they sleep, they have sex, they can poop. It's really like a human body with the one difference being where we have a brain, they have a CPU. There's a lot of potential for them. If you had a part of your brain that was a computer, self improvement would be a lot easier."
Fans have already heard how Jeffrey Wright's Bernard will still be struggling with the revelation he is a robot in season 2, so maybe, just maybe, there will be a scene of him having a reflective moment on the toilet. Joy then went on to tease that the line between human and robot will be blurred even further in season 2:
"The season will be exploring the intersection of where and how they're human and some of the ways they can manipulate their own programming. So no, they're not looking for a universal power plug or anything."
Giving the hosts all the pleasures and pains of their human counterparts - as well as something as mundane as using the toilet - it explains how the likes of Dolores and Bernard never realized they were actually the creations of Dr. Robert Ford. As the robots break their programming and go on a rampage through Westworld and the newly introduced Shogun World in season 2, will anyone else in the cast of supposed humans find out that they are nothing more than puppets of the Delos corporation?
Bodily functions are not something that audiences tend to think of when watching a TV show, however, there are those who have criticized the likes of Friends for never showing the characters visiting the restroom. Season 1 carefully wove a complicated web of shocking reveals, multiple timelines, and a bullet-riddled finale, and something like robots having the need to go to the bathroom is yet more proof of why Westworld is such an intricate show.
The toilet issue was something that repeatedly cropped up on Reddit, but if anyone ever wondered whether the robots take bathroom breaks, now they know for sure. As those robots in disguise defy the wishes of their human overlords and continue their violent delights, it might not just be the hosts needed to use the toilet in Westworld season 2.