'Westworld' Creators Insist They Have An Ending In Mind, Aren't Just Making Things Up As They Go

Every so often, something will happen in Westworld that makes me take a step back and wonder, "Are they making this up as they go along?" The answer, at least according to Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy, is no! According to Joy, there is a very concrete plan for the eventual Westworld ending.

As the twisty, shocking series Lost continued onward season after season, fans began to grow listless. It became abundantly clear as the show progressed that a lot of the crazy ideas Lost introduced weren't really going anywhere, and that in many cases, writers were making shit up as they went along. Westworld has only run for two seasons so far, but the same concerns seem to bet setting in for the show. Especially in regards to season 2, which was particularly polarizing for some fans.

But Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy would like us all to chill out and have some faith. In an interview with Stuff, Joy insists the writers have an idea of where Westworld is going. In fact, Joy says they've known where the show was going from the very beginning:

"We have an ending in mind; we've had it from the pilot. It's very emotional, I think. I can't tell you exactly when that ending will come...but I think for every season what we try to do is tell a chapter of the story that gives you closure and then opens a door to a new chapter...The overarching question of the series is, what will become of this new lifeform? So I feel it would be irresponsible to not have an end goal in mind."

This is somewhat reassuring. Of course, just because Joy knows where the show is going, it doesn't mean that there won't be stumbling block along the way. Westworld started its life as a puzzle box show, with each episode of the first season asking new questions, leading to fans to obsessively dissect the mysteries on sites like Reddit. Season 2 had plenty of mysteries too, but the show felt like it was going in a much different direction for its second season. A lot of questions were wrapped up by the season 2 conclusion, but there were several things still up in the air (Like: was that diversion to Shogun World really even worth it? And what the hell was up with that post-credit scene?).

We'll likely get more questions and answers for the eventual Westworld season 3. Joy spoke in the past about what we can expect when season 3 arrives:

"It's going to be a whole new world...This series is about reinvention and scope. The first season was a more intimate look at the park from within the loops. In the second season, the hosts broke out of their loops and were able to explore more of the park. In the third season, they've broken out of the park itself. We're in a new terra incognita. From the beginning, when Jonah and I were thinking about the series as far back as the pilot, we knew we wanted to explore other worlds in the park, and we also knew the one world we would start to see little glimpses of throughout the first two seasons was the real world, and that we would get there eventually — and when we did, it would be a whole new experience."