Chances for a Second Season of Westworld Are "Looking Really Good"

Friday, 11 November 2016 - 2:16PM
Westworld
Friday, 11 November 2016 - 2:16PM
Chances for a Second Season of Westworld Are "Looking Really Good"
Let's just take a moment here: Westworld somehow took the best parts of Blade Runner, Logan's Runand Tombstone and turned them into something disturbing, violent, and totally addictive. It's got mystery, gunfights, romance, and an underlying uncanny-ness that make us wonder if the showrunners are just playing with our heads at this point—there's even an elaborate fan theory that Westworld exists in multiple timelines.

So what about a second season?

Westworld was picked up for a ten-episode mini-season, but now that we've crossed the halfway point fans are struck with the perennial fear that there will be no more. Well, according to an interview with Casey Bloys, HBO's president of programming, a second season is indeed in the cards:

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I want to get a very complete picture of the ratings, which seem to be doing very well, so we're happy with that. [The executive producers are] going to talk to us about what they envision a second season being. But right now I would say it's looking really good. We're very pleased with how it's doing.
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If there is a second season, we could see the other worlds that Crichton showed audiences in his original Westworld: Roman World and Medieval World. Roman World is set in Pompeii (alarm bells!) and Medieval World is set in Europe, complete with its own Black Knight to potentially mirror the Man in Black. On the other hand, the second season may stick with the original Old West setting, since it may create too many continuity problems to create (or reveal) new parks. It's the Jurassic Park problem—why would anyone approve another theme park that kills people after the first one? We'll see.

In the meantime, Casey has some hints about the second half of the first season:
 
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All I would say is, it's a very satisfying end. I think questions will be answered. I love reading the fan theories online. I think it's great the way people have engaged. I'm just pleased to see the reception from an engagement point of view, and that it has started all of these conversations. I think people will get the answers they're looking for by the end of Season One. A lot of the ones that people are buzzing about.
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One of the biggest shockers of Westworld had to do with the sheer amount of violence, which bordered on gratuitous and disturbing. The whole attraction of the park is based on the idea that guests can do just about anything without incurring consequences for their actions, including killing and raping the android "hosts". When asked if that level of violence was going to continue, Casey said "maybe":
 
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After I hear the second-season pitch, I will tell you. But I know it's something that [executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy] are mindful of. You brought it up, and I think rightly so. I think it's fair to say that it's a question where, if it continues, it will hopefully have some context to it.
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It's reassuring to hear a showrunner say that the ending of a show is going to answer a lot of questions and end up being "satisfying." Endings are a big deal with TV shows, especially ones that try to create series-long mysteries, like Lost (and we all remember how that turned out). Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead comics, recently revealed that he has an ending all planned out for his comics—but that he will not tell AMC what it is. Meanwhile, the other big HBO show, Game of Thrones, has to deal with anonymous leakers spoiling the entire seventh season.

It's a wild, wild time for TV. And Westworld is the wildest of the bunch.

Westworld airs Sunday nights at 9 PM. The next episode, "Trompe L'Oeil", airs on Nov. 13th.
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