We are mere weeks away from Westworld‘s much-anticipated premiere and, despite high expectations and production delays, the early reviews are stellar. Now the marketing is in high-gear, with two new TV spots dropping and a featurette on the ambitious sci-fi drama.
Showrunners Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy are joined by producer J.J. Abrams and some of the cast in the featurette, which goes over the extravagant ideas at the heart of the series, of artificial intelligence, consciousness, identity and morality.
“We were interested in a moment in which humans are able to create their own realities,” Nolan says. “What happens in a place without limits? Supposedly consequence-free?” Joy said their aim was to create an “emotional lens” through the hosts, the technical term for the androids that populate Westworld.
Evan Rachel Wood, who plays one such host Dolores, says “[the show] is supposed to challenge your views of what’s right and what’s wrong.”
The two TV spots, subtitled “An Entire World” and “Chaos” respectively, also focus on the series’ large themes, split between Dr. God Complex (pretty sure that’s his name) played by Anthony Hopkins and the man in black, a serpent-in-the-Garden-of-Eden archetype played by Ed Harris, with the hapless hosts and guileless guests caught between.
Westworld’s 10-episode first season premieres October 2 at 9 p.m. on HBO.