Spoilers ahead for the first season of Westworld.
One of this fall's breakout TV hits was HBO's epic adventure Westworld. With an all-star cast of film stars and a seemingly never ending budget, the sci-fi drama captivated audiences through its original concept and unreliable narration. Ending with a thrilling and terrifying finale, fans are eager to see Westworld return to the small screen and once again confuse and enthrall us. Westworld quickly managed to accrue a cult following, with audiences creating fan theories in an attempt to solve the show's mysteries. Many of these theories were in fact correct, ruining some of the big revelations from the finale.
This subject was brought up to Westworld creator Jonathan Nolan when the series was honored at Paleyfest (via Deadline). Regarding the fan theories and how it affects the future of Westworld, Nolan revealed:
It's annoying sometimes when people guess the twists and then blog about it, but the engagement is gratifying, on one level, because if someone guesses your twist, it means you've done an adequate job [of structuring the series]. You can't complain when people are that engaged. It's very gratifying---but stop doing it, please.
Well that was certainly a classy response. It seems that Jonathan Nolan and company understand the double edged sword that is popularity. You want your show to be loved and discussed, but things can end up being ruined in the process.
In Westworld's first season, the show's timeline was the most discussed and fascinating aspect of the series. In just a few episodes, it was clear that there were two versions of Evan Rachel Woods' Dolores, as well as other hosts like Angela. Eventually the astute fans figured out that The Man in Black was an older version of William, and that he and Dolores' adventure was actually all in the past.
While this was great writing that certainly provided an emotional punch, the fans unfortunately came to this realization weeks before Westworld's finale confirmed it. So one of the biggest moments from the finale was DOA, which is surely why Jonathan Nolan is imploring fans to please stop publishing their theories online. If folks really want to be able to enjoy Season 2, they should just watch the show and keep their theories to themselves.
Of course, this is easier said than done. Fan theories have become a very popular aspect of TV and film watching, as audiences attempt to read the editing in order to determine what's next for their favorite character. From The Walking Dead to Star Wars, there are tons of fans who are publishing their own theories, and some of them actually end up being correct. And these revelations should be a compliment to the show's writing- the writers are setting up a story, so if viewers truly understand the intention and can predict future events, it means the project's messaging is successful.
And fans should have plenty of time to theorize about Westworld, as Season 2 isn't set to air until 2018. Be sure to check back with us at CinemaBlend for updates on the HBO fantasy series.