Westworld's second season won't rely on multiple timelines, showrunner says

Carla Harmon
March 28, 2017

A Westworld panel held at Paleyfest saw co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy discussing the upcoming season alongside key cast members and executive producer Robert Patino, with them touching upon the huge online following its first season garnered and the number of theories that circulated across the web as a result.

He told the audience: "It's annoying sometimes when people guess the twists and then blog about it and you've spent two years carefully working on something".

"Westworld" season two? 'It's a musical!' joked Nolan, before adding: 'We're writing right now - we're terribly excited about what we're writing.


"We're writing right now".

The HBO series, which airs on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom, is based on Michael Crichton's film about a wild west theme park inhabited by robots who gain sentience.

Nolan said that the married duo would write all 10 episodes before production begins on season two.


Also during the PaleyFest panel, Nolan confirmed that the character Maeve (Thandie Newton) was acting on her own free will when she chose to abandon her escape plans to instead stay in Westworld to find her daughter. The way that we designed it and the way we shot it ... that is really the first decision she's ever made. There is also a question whether Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) actually gained consciousness, leading her to shoot Dr. Ford, or if that action was programmed into her. Just recently, the cast and the creators of the said show graced the PaleyFest in Los Angeles. "For me, it's a very emotional moment in the episode because you see her free will".

The only clue came from Nolan, who was clear that the "Man in Black" played by Harris would not venture into a new world. He explained that he wants to portray his character just as he was made to be, just the Man in Black wearing a cowboy hat, and he doesn't think it'll work out with his character donning a samurai outfit.

But she says things will be different in season 2: "I think we'll experiment in different point of views and different angles". Instead of doing so, she rejects her programming and heads back into the park to find the "daughter" she remembers from a previous storyline of hers, the one killed by the Man in Black.


Westworld Season 2 is now in the pre-production process, but the creative team faced a hurdle prompting a part of the show to be rewritten.

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