Westworld co-creators and executive producers Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy and cast member Evan Rachel Wood appeared in Variety’s television podcast “Remote Controlled”. The two things that we learned from the interview is that Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) is really dead and that Westworld Season 2 is much more ‘ambitious’ than the last season.
[The post contains spoiler from season one]
When developing Westworld with its fair share of intrigues, Jonathan Nolan said they had wanted fans to engage but never expected the level of “fan engagement and dialogue” that occurred during Westworld season 1. With a laugh, the showrunner pointed out “that moment when they figured out the plot twist for Episode 10, 42 minutes into episode two.”
Lisa Joy talking to Variety said that they weren’t necessarily trying to surprise people, it was just part of the narrative, unfolding of the story. “We anticipated that a small group of the audience might discover it, that that will be part of the game that we were playing with these die-hard fans,” Joy says. “What we didn’t anticipate was that they would go to social media and talk about it and they would get circulated so that it hit a wider base of people who have an online presence and pick that up. There were also people who were still in for the surprise of my parents — I managed to surprise them.”
As for what’s in store for Westworld season 2, Lisa Joy said, “we feel like we owe it to the fans to be bold and also to play this game with them where we’re like, ‘Do you want to figure it out? Do you want to play with us here?’”
She thinks that people who had earlier hated having figured out some of the twists and turns of the season beforehand, because of online discussions (on Reddit, Facebook, etc) would avoid being part of such discussion when the second season airs.
“Hopefully now,” she says, “because of the first season, the people who want to have this purist interpretation of the series, they’ll just develop their own theories in a vacuum — and maybe don’t log on to Reddit.”
Without giving too much away, Jonathan Nolan says they want “the stakes and the scope [of Season 2] to increase dramatically” which is why “the scale of production will increase was well.”
“We have an amazingly talented group of writers, directors, and crew coming back and gearing up for what I think and what I hope will prove to be a season twice as ambitious as the first one,” the executive producer of the show said.
Robert Ford’s Death:
The showrunners confirmed that Ford (Anthony Hopkins) is dead. Here what Nolan said:
“I think the sacrifice he makes at the end of the first season is very real,” and added, “I think there will be an opportunity to explore a little bit more of the backstory of how this park came to be, a little more of that story. We’ll see the character’s presence will be felt in that sense in terms of filling in a few more of the gaps about the early history of this place.”
Evan Rachel Wood on Killing Ford:
Evan Rachel Wood (plays Dolores Abernathy) appears in the second half of the podcast in which she is blown away by the fact that she was the one who pulled the trigger on Ford.
“Killing Ford, I did not see coming, not in the way that they did it. I didn’t know it was going to be me, I didn’t know that’s how this show was going to end, I was just in absolute shock and I couldn’t believe that it was me. I couldn’t believe that I had to actually hold a real gun to Anthony Hopkins’ head and pull the trigger. That was one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of my life.”
Speaking of Westworld‘s major shockers, the actors and fans were on the same boat, theorizing and trying to solve the mysteries of the show, informs Wood. “We were kind of the pioneers in the theories on the set,” Evan says, “It was thrilling to know that it was resonating with people in the same way.” She had even figured out Man in Black’s true identity while shooting the first season.
Earlier we reported that shooting for season 2 is beginning from 22 June after one fan revealed Westworld is possibly being shot at Melody Ranch. Variety, however, reports filming for the season will begin from July.
Here’s a link to the entire Variety podcast, it’s worth checking out.