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Spoilers if you still haven't seen the season finale for Westworld.
In its first ten episodes, HBO's Westworld inspired audiences to engage in question-heavy discussions attempting to get to the bottom of the park's mysteries. But not all fan questions were tethered to the fate of these characters, and many of us delved into obsessive digressions estimating tiers of ticket prices, pondering what children could do if they were guests inside Westworld, and a plethora of other practical-minded inquiries. And according to co-creator Jonathan Nolan, Season 2 will spend its earliest moments putting a small spotlight on inside baseball elements like that.
[The show] 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.
So yes, lest anyone think that Westworld is going to forever derail its intricate momentum specifically to tell audiences what kind of meal plans Delos offers to its customers, Season 2 will indeed still bring the mayhem to its guests. Just, perhaps, it will be arriving after we're told if guests are allowed to be present during the massive clean-up efforts that employees suffer through after the park's more horrifying narrative thrusts. (I'm looking at you, Man in Black.)
Understandably, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy spent a lot more time in Season 1 delving into the dark, but potentially hopeful, stories of park hosts like vengeful Delores and sorta conscious Maeve, as well as perma-confused Bernard. The main humans we got to see were Ford (or at least what we assume is a human version of Ford), William/Man in Black, Logan and the workers doing things behind the scenes, but mostly in the context of them connecting with hosts. Not a lot of un-intense scenes between normal people.
But that is not at all indicative of how the guest-related details were handled by Nolan, Joy and the rest of the creative team. A lot of thought and contemplation went into these things, as Nolan told TVLine.
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] 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.
I think we have just stumbled onto what should be the biggest special feature on the eventual Blu-ray/DVD sets: a day's worth of conversations between Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy concerning the myriad details and work-a-day decisions that have gone into their vision of Westworld (and the other potential parks). I need this like hosts need their memories deleted.
Easily one of the best shows of 2016, Westworld will return to HBO at some point to answer our biggest questions about the park's minutiae, but Season 2 won't be getting here until late 2017 or 2018. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere schedule to see what's coming to the small screen in the future.