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The past few years have been a renaissance of sorts for television production. It seems the most captivating stories are being shown on the small screen, enticing film stars to take a pay break and take roles in limited series. Case in point: HBO's wild sci-fi adventure Westworld, which premiered this past fall and became instantly popular. Westworld has been praised for its all-star cast, gorgeous cinematography, as well as the complex and sometimes puzzling plot. But fan theorists picked up on the biggest twist of Season 1 very early, leading the folks behind the show to change their game for its eventual sophomore season.
For us, even though we're creating it as we go along, 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?'. Hopefully now, 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.
This is certainly one way of looking at it. While its certainly a positive that fans were passionate enough about Westworld to craft correct fan theories, Lisa Joy implores them to keep their thoughts to themselves and not ruin it for others.
It's certainly reassuring that the folks behind Westworld are cognizant of fan reaction. When the plot twist regarding Westworld's timelines was figured out early on, it was likely a terrifying and frustrating experience. Would the show still get viewership? Is it too predictable? And although the Man in Black's true identity wasn't exactly a mind blower for the hardcore fandom, there were plenty of other twists and turns that helped make the season finale a thrilling experience.
But now that Lisa Joy and company are privy to how bright the Westworld fandom is, they'll likely be more creative and sneaky in regards to Season 2's plot. Major twists will probably come a bit more out of left field, rather than consistently teased the way that the Man in Black was. And although this process may be a bit frustrating for the folks behind the camera, it'll make for a better viewing experience, and therefore help Westworld remain as popular as it was in Season 1.