Given its success and impact on audiences, it does not come as any surprise that HBO has given its sci-fi drama “Westworld” a second season order.
HBO’s new programming president Casey Bloys said that “Westworld” resonated well with fans from all over the globe, so he is happy to extend its success. “It’s fantastic to have a broad-based cultural and ratings hit to build from,” Bloys told Variety of “Westworld.” “That’s a great, great luxury.”
“Westworld” is all about a Western theme park filled with robots, known as hosts, that were created to satisfy the whims of high-paying customers. However, trouble started to brew when these hosts developed consciousness and longed to have their freedom.
Bloys said that the show created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy is always buzzed about, so he makes it a point to scroll through social media and listen to podcasts after each episode airs. “The level of detail that people devote to thinking about it is impressive,” he said.
Naturally, both Nolan and Joy are overjoyed with the second season run. “We’re thrilled that the saga of ‘Westworld’ will continue for another season,” said Nolan and Joy. “During the lengthy journey to the screen, our incredibly talented actors, staff and crew became a family, and we look forward to the privilege of continuing this experience with them.”
Earlier, James Marsden, the actor who plays host Teddy Flood, told Entertainment Weekly that producers actually have the show’s future all figured out. “It wasn’t about getting the first 10 [episodes] done, it was about mapping out what the next five or six years are going to be,” said Marsden. “We wanted everything in line so that when the very last episode airs and we have our show finale, five or seven years down the line, we knew how it was going to end the first season – that’s the way [show creator] Jonah [Nolan] and [executive producer J.J. Abrams] operate.”
Whatever the future might have in store, Evan Rachel Wood, who plays host Dolores Abernathy, told the Huffington Post that the Season 1 finale will really take fans on an emotional whirlwind, and the episodes leading up to that will leave “your heart broken and your mind blown.”
“Westworld” airs every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.