The creators of Westworld have been very candid about their thoughts on Reddit. Often times Jonathan Nolan actively talks about how much he laments the spoiler and theories section. Nolan has talked about using what the community is solving as a guide on how to change the plot so that people can’t solve the mysteries of their show faster than intended.
Which is why during an AMA it was a shock when Jonathan Nolan announced the following:
We thought about this long and hard, and came to a difficult (and potentially highly controversial) decision. If you guys agree, we’re going to post a video that lays out the plot (and twists and turns) of season 2. Everything. The whole sordid thing. Up front. That way the members of the community here who want the season spoiled for them can watch ahead, and then protect the rest of the community, and help to distinguish between what’s ‘theory’ and what’s spoiler.
It’s a new age, and a new world in terms of the relationship between the folks making shows and the community watching them. And trust is a big part of that. We’ve made our cast part of this decision, and they’re fully supportive. We’re so excited to be in this with you guys together. So if this post reaches a 1000 upvotes we’ll deliver the goods.
Hasta victoria siempre!
Jonah and Lisa
This was a stunning and forward thinking announcement. Many people cried foul, while others assumed it all must be a joke. That was until they posted a video titled Westworld Season 2 – A Primer.
The video begins with Bernard waking up on the beach. The actor is narrating the opening of this scene and telling us what is happening, and for the briefest moment, we were through the looking glass and beyond the event horizon of spoilers.
That was until the reality crashing reveal of this brilliant con came into motion. Bernard leads into town where we find Evan Rachel Wood performing a rendition of “Never Gonna Give You Up” Rickrolling everyone. Next, the video cuts to 20 minutes of a cute pup sitting in front of a piano in black and white.
I for one am glad this was not real, but there are some fans out there who believe this could be the future of spoilers, it’s possible one day a show will do this. Until that day It’s white hats and theories for me.
Westworld returns to HBO on April 22nd, our new Podcast Watch World begins April 23rd.