Westworld free will

I found the first season of HBO’s Westworld to be intriguing and full of potential, but for me, it was ultimately more frustrating than satisfying. The concept, production design, and look of the show were all fantastic, but the way it purposefully withheld information as it attempted to preserve its big reveal rubbed me the wrong way. Thankfully, the showrunners appeared at this year’s PaleyFest and implied that their approach is going to be a little different in the second season. And in addition to those comments, they also revealed which host character was the first to exercise free will – and it may not be who you think. Read More »

‘Westworld’ Season 2: Everything We Know So Far

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Now that we’ve had enough time to digest the Westworld season one finale, I wanted to take a look towards Westworld season 2. What do we know about the second season of this hit HBO series? I took a deep dive into interviews with Westworld co-creators and showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, as well as chats with the series’ stars Evan Rachel Wood, Jimmi Simpson and Anthony Hopkins, a Facebook live Q&A as well as HBO’s ARG website and marketing materials.

In total, I swam through over two dozen different sources to uncover everything we know about Westworld season 2. So what did I find out? Hit the jump to board the train to Sweetwater.

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In this edition of Westworld Bits:

  • How many viewers watched season one and its finale.
  • Actor Jimmi Simpson discusses the events of the series finale.
  • Why HBO sees Westworld as one of their essential “building blocks.”
  • Ed Harris‘ reaction to the Maze.
  • Fanmade Westworld posters and more.

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Westworld season two

Season one of Westworld only concluded last night, and we won’t see season two for a while, but co-creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan are already fielding questions regarding the second season. Which characters are returning? Will the series stay in Westworld? What’s next for the hosts? The creators behind HBO’s hit remake of Michael Crichton‘s film answer these questions as honestly as you think they would.

Below, learn more about Westworld season two (SPOILERS for season one).

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westworld finale

Westworld is a show that’s raised more than a few questions in its first season. Fans have gone wild with all sorts speculation and fan theories, placing some of the show’s tiniest details under a microscope. With the upcoming Westworld season one finale, most of the hit series’ questions will get answered, according to creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.

Below, learn more about the Westworld season one finale.

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‘Westworld’ Episode 8 Photos: “Trace Decay”

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Earlier this week, we shared with you the trailer for next week’s episode of Westworld. Now HBO has released an official set of photos for the eighth episode of the sci-fi series, entitled “Trace Decay.” Hit the jump, and we’ll take a look at the Westworld episode 8 photos, tell you what we know about the episode, and try to figure out what we can from the images.

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Westworld episode 7 “Trompe L’Oeil” concluded with a big twist that the whole internet is talking about. But you might not have considered how this reveal changes everything you have seen thus far. Let’s board the train into Sweetwater to the beginning of this loop and reconsider everything.
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I hope you’ve been enjoying our coverage of HBO’s Westworld half as much as we’ve been enjoying this show. Earlier today I posted our weekly Westworld theory article, if you haven’t checked it out yet, please do — it’s packed with interesting ideas, analysis, and tidbits. But for now, we should get to some news bits we were unable to cover in Westworld Bits. Primarily, how Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar influenced Westworld, and in particular, a moment in this week’s episode. Also, you can learn about that and also read about a cool Westworld deleted scene which didn’t make it into the show which gives us a deeper look at Doctor Ford’s backstory.

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In today’s edition of Westworld Bits:

  • Actor Jimmi Simpson discusses William’s backstory.
  • Is The Man in Black a terrible gamer?
  • Director Vincenzo Natali (Splice) talks about making the most recent episode of Westworld.
  • Westworld Tech cake.
  • And more.

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You know something is good when it ends up getting its own “Bits” feature on /Film. So, welcome to Westworld Bits! In this edition:

  • Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy discuss the second episode.
  • A new gallery of images from episode three, “The Stray.”
  • An HBO featurette explores the nature of our relationship to A.I.
  • Breaking down the opening titles with one of the people in charge of creating them.
  • Two new posters from New York Comic-Con.
  • One of the most fascinating takes on the show’s philosophy yet.
  • Westworld is also proving itself to be a hit overseas.

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