It’s already been hinted that the next season of Westworld will explore a location themed after Feudal Japan, but anyone who has seen the original 1973 movie ought to remember that there are two other parks that have yet to be revealed: a setting based on the days of the Roman Empire, and a setting based on the days of Medieval Europe. Now, the co-creators of the show are hinting that we’ll be seeing those very parks in the new season.
Deadline is reporting that Westworld co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy attended a panel at this year’s Vanity Fair Summit, at which point they were asked why the other two parks from the original movie didn’t appear at all. Nolan simply responded with the following, cryptic reply:
“We had to save something for Season 2.”
Nolan went on to talk about how he feels the show’s focus on the rise of artificial intelligence is topical, offering a bit of insight on where he thinks the technology will go from here:
“I feel evenly split between the fear that A.I. will enslave us and make us do its bidding and my fear that it won’t. If you look at things that have gone down in the last year, humans are terrible at running this world. It’s clear that there’s room for improvement. [A.I.] can yield dramatic improvements in a way our world functions.”
In addition, Joy explained that a major factor of the show is to explain why an A.I. uprising could happen:
“People like to ask, ‘Why would A.I. want to be evil and destroy us? A corporation’s goal is to make profits. It’s very simple. It’s binary. It’s either less or more. Computers work along the same thing. If you can see how, with the simplest of directives that can get blown into something beyond what could image, that’s the kind of thing we’re talking about.”
There are high hopes for the next season, which is looking to help HBO fill the massive gap that Game of Thrones will leave after that series concludes. As the themes of the dawning of artificial intelligence continue, so, too, will the worlds that the Hosts inhabit.
Westworld will return in 2018. The series stars Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Hiroyuki Sanada, Gustaf Skarsgård, Fares Fares, Betty Gabriel, Jonathan Tucker, Neil Jackson, Katja Herbers, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Luke Hemsworth.
9 Mind-Bending Theories About ‘Westworld’: Mazes, Immortality And Robot Armies
Like a certain malevolent, black-hatted guest, viewers are already trying to suss out the deeper levels of Westworld.
HBO’s much-promoted new genre show is a testament to the power of week-to-week episodic storytelling and the water-cooler theories that are born out of it. After only two episodes, a bunch of theories about the burgeoning androids-run-amok tale sprang up, some ridiculously plausible and others just plain ridiculous (no, Westworld is not a stealth biopic about American actor Ed Harris).
I tried to keep the list here to the safe side of crazy, but I also injected some of my more wild, out there thoughts. With so little to go on, it’s fun to assign meaning to every little thing to project where this awesome show could go next.
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