HBO’s new sci-fi series “Westworld” hardly seems like the show to feature love and romance, but show creator Lisa Joy said that these two things are actually going to be present throughout the show.
“I think it goes back to the notion of romantic love, from the earliest myths, from Pygmalion and Galatea,” Joy told the L.A. Times of human guests falling in love with the robotic “hosts” of the theme park. “You fall in love with this inanimate creature that you imbue with all your hopes and dreams.
“Oftentimes it’s narcissism, because you just want to see yourself in their eyes as something wonderful,” she continued. “And that’s what a lot of these guests are doing. They come to feel love, to feel special… I think that there is something enduring about that desire to be loved, unconditionally. It’s an unnatural thing. Another human can’t supply that because humans aren’t made to service each other’s fantasies. So they imagine a world in which a robot would do it. We take that a step further with their own personhood and things get a little complicated.”
Co-creator Jonathan Nolan added that they presented the show from two perspectives — the human side and the robotic side. Humans wanted to go to Westworld to indulge in whatever fantasies they have, while the hosts are created to serve them.
“It’s an invitation to transgress. It’s an invitation to come and do something you wouldn’t do back at home. It’s a really odd idea. The other lens is [on the] creatures who have been built to be near human, and then put inside a place built to satisfy human appetites in a prophylactic way. Where no one’s getting hurt, right? Because the creatures aren’t really real,” he said.
The new trailer released by HBO of “Westworld” really shows how humans transgress in the theme park. The scenes shown were absolutely chilling, with its main characters dealing with a web of lies, indulgent sex and senseless deaths.
“Westworld” will be released on HBO on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9 p.m., reported Variety. It will star Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, and many others.