While HBO hasn’t officially renewed Westworld for a second season yet, showrunner Jonathan Nolan says they’ve already started work planning the story for Westworld season 2. Along with his co-showrunner and wife Lisa Joy Nolan, they teased what we can expect from the second season and debunked a couple of fan theories.

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HBO’s Westworld is quickly becoming my new obsession, a dense and complex science fiction tale that is full of wild ideas and chilling commentary that also manages to be…well, really, really fun to watch. It’s one thing to make a smart and scary show about the base nature of mankind, but it’s another thing altogether to also make it a surprisingly funny examination of interactive entertainment. And it’s yet another thing to set the whole think in a futuristic theme park themed as the old west and populated withe lifelike robots who may be on the verge of gaining self-awareness.

If you’re all caught up after last night’s episode, the preview for the third episode, titled “The Stray,” has arrived online.

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Few hours of television have given me as much to think about and dwell over as “Chestnut,” the second episode of Westworld. No fancy introductions to this one. Let’s just dive right in.

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DELOS in Westworld

Earlier this week, we posted eight mind-blowing Westworld theories — speculation from fans about possible twists and turns. One of the theories suggested that perhaps Westworld is not the only theme park that DELOS offers at this compound. As you probably know, the original 1973 movie took place not only in Westworld but also in Roman World and Medieval World. The sequel brought us to FutureWorldCould these other theme parks also appear in the HBO series?

After the jump, we have the definitive answer (sort of). But be warned, if any confirmation or denial may be considered a spoiler in your eyes, you may not want to continue. Will we see other worlds in Westworld? Find out, after the jump.

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Westworld had a record-setting debut on HBO, and so far we’re loving it. But it wouldn’t be a Bad Robot production if it did cause us to ask all sorts of questions, speculate at the possibilities and obsess over the many Westworld theories floating around the internet.

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Westworld pilot

Westworld is off to a very, very good start. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy‘s ambitious and radical reimagining of Michael Crichton‘s 1973 film not only impressed critics but its pilot (titled “The Original”) was HBO’s biggest debut since the True Detective premiere. Between the premiere episode’s first two airings and the views on HBO Go and HBO Now, the episode reached 3.3 million viewers. If you don’t subscribe to HBO or haven’t had the opportunity to watch the first episode yet, then luckily for you, it’s now available to watch online for free.

Below, watch the Westworld pilot for free. Plus, check out images from the upcoming episode.

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Your Westworld Logistical Questions Answered


Westworld premiered this week on HBO, and I very much enjoyed the first episode of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy Nolan‘s expensive and beautiful small screen adaptation. But I was left with many questions, though not many of the plot-specific mysteries that Jacob Hall brings up in his extensive Westworld spoiler review. I’m more interested in his first question: How does this park actually operate?

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Westworld ratings

Westworld isn’t a cheap show to produce. The brass at HBO believed in the show to bet as big as they did on creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy‘s reimagining of Michael Crichton‘s 1973 film. But the good news is that it looks like that bet is already beginning to pay off. Not only did the pilot, which cost $25 million, get HBO their highest rated premiere since True Detective, it’s also already found an enthusiastic audience.

Below, learn more about the Westworld ratings and budget.

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Westworld interview - Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy

Photo by John P. Johnson/HBO

Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are hardly beholden to Michael Crichton‘s original 1973 film. With their reimagining, they’re telling a different story in the same location. Crichton’s movie is more of a springboard for this sci-fi drama, which deals with identity, consciousness, the relationship between man and maker, and more. Joy, Nolan (who directed the pilot), and all involved let their imaginations run wild with Westworld, which presents a future where humans can pay $40,000 to live the day in the life of a cowboy or outlaw.

The series is executive produced by filmmaker J.J. Abrams, who’s been wanting to remake Westworld for over 20 years. A few years ago, Abrams brought the project to Nolan and Joy, and the two couldn’t resist the opportunity. They clearly set their sights high, because HBO’s new series is every bit as ambitious as it looks. Nolan and Joy’s take on Westworld places more emphasis on the hosts, the artificial intelligence in the park. By shifting the focus to the A.I., Nolan and Joy raise all sorts of new questions regarding Westworld and its employees and visitors, and the two writers and producers were kind enough to discuss some of those questions with us recently.

Below, read our Westworld interview.

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Michael Crichton‘s Westworld is a movie packed with ideas, but it doesn’t add up to much more than robots going berserk. While it’s an enjoyable film with some terrific sequences, there’s a goldmine of untapped ideas in it. The creators of HBO’s Westworld, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, take real time to explore some of those ideas — and plenty more they bring to the table — in the thrilling, unsettling, and thoughtful first four episodes of season one.

Below, read our Westworld review.

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