Westworld‘s robot revolution is definitely on its way. But before it arrives… anyone wanna talk park hopper passes and family dining plans?
Before the HBO drama’s second season fully delves into the situation it set up in the Season 1 finale — aka androids built to be humans’ playthings in a futuristic theme park become self-aware and rise up against their oppressors — it will take a moment to address some of the still-unanswered practical questions fans have about how humans experience Westworld, series co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy tell TVLine.
For example: Can you do more if you pay more? How does the park handle its child guests? What happens if you disassemble a host, as the Man in Black did?
Nolan says that many of these concerns were dealt with behind the scenes. “We talked a lot about how the experience would feel for a contemporary guest going into the park. We laid out a lot of that logic in the writers’ room.” But when it became clear that the season’s focus was the hosts — and their experience of the park — “it didn’t feel appropriate to spend too much time illuminating how unreal this place is, because the hosts believe in it so much up until that horrifying moment when they realize that it’s an artificial world. So we didn’t get bogged down in it.”
He added that the Golden Globe-nominated drama “will spend a little bit more time next season shining a light on those aspects of the park — what does it feel like to come to it as a guest? — just a little bit before the mayhem starts.”
About those nominations (Drama Series; Actress, Evan Rachel Wood; and Supporting Actress,Thandie Newton): Joy says that being among the cast “on the day-to-day level” left her feeling “like we were on this journey together… I wasn’t really thinking about the future, about awards or anything. I was just thinking, ‘My god, how fortunate are we to be working with brilliant performers and wonderful, generous people?”
Nolan adds: “We were so excited and engaged by the material and by the performances that we were getting back from the actors, by the things that our incredible crew were designing and building. As the episodes came together, we really felt like we had something very special.”