The point of season one of Westworld, as far as I could tell, was to fuck with the viewer as much as possible, so that you were never completely sure what was going on, but were enjoying the chaos nonetheless.
While a lot of TV shows are happy to give you just one big twist at the end of a season, Westworld thought “nah, let’s do like, eight? Eight twists. Maybe more. Just loads and loads of twists, yeah?”
They did a pretty good job of clearing up all the big questions by the end of the finale, but there was one scene in particular that left fans debating – when Maeve gets off the train and decides to return to the park was it pre-programmed, or was she acting out of genuine free will?
Well now showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan have removed any ambiguity. “The way we designed and shot it… that is the first decision she has ever made of her own free will,” Nolan told the audience at Paleyfest in Los Angeles.
You expect this’ll have a pretty big bearing on the plot of season two, which has been kept heavily under wraps. We don’t know how much we’ll see of Samurai World – something which was teased last season, but Ed Harris doesn’t sound hugely keen on being involved in any side of that storyline.
“I just don’t want to be naked, and I don’t want to wear a samurai suit...and I’m saying that publicly!” he said. “I’m a Man in Black, not a Man in a samurai suit! Samurais don’t wear hats!”
I mean, fair enough.
In other Westworld news, Nolan also revealed that they’ve already had to tweak the plot to season two, because Reddit guessed one of the twists.
“Reddit has already figured out the third episode twist, so we’re changing that right now,” he said.
“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. You can’t complain when people are that engaged. It’s very gratifying – but stop doing it, please.”