WestworldLatest News and Opinion
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 6:07PM EDT
Westworld launches an eerie voice game for Amazon's Alexa devices
The "choose your own adventure game" Westworld: The Maze is now available on all Alexa-enabled devices.
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 8:27PM EDT
Westworld star found the penultimate episode's twist stunning
"I don't think it gets any bigger than that," says the Westworld star who adds that the penultimate Season 2 episode was "pretty perfect."
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 7:41AM EDT
Ed Harris has no idea what's happening on Westworld: "What I didn’t know, I didn’t know"
Harris says he's never done a show like HBO's Westworld, noting that it stops and starts shooting over the course of "six, seven, eight months." "The first year was ridiculous," he says, adding: "You work two, three days a week max, some weeks you don’t work at all. And this particular show is so complicated. There’s so much being shot. The end of the second year, they had three or four crews working on different episodes. I’m glad I’m not the person trying to keep track of it all." As for not knowing what's going on story-wise, Harris says of the writers: "Even when they are sure, they don’t tell you...What I didn’t know, I didn’t know. I was going episode by episode, particularly scenes, characters, who I was working with, and what was going on. I didn’t really fret about what I didn’t know because I didn’t know what I didn’t know." ALSO: Sela Ward talks about how she got involved with Westworld.
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 4:24PM EDT
Game of Thrones and Westworld are skipping Comic-Con in a blow to the annual event
HBO said in a statement that “due to production schedules and air dates for Game of Thrones and Westworld, these series will not be presented at San Diego Comic-Con this summer." According to Deadline, HBO will have no presence at this year's Comic-Con. Game of Thrones' absence is the latest high-profile defection after Starz's Outlander decided to go to New York Comic-Con instead of San Diego Comic-Con. This will be the first time Game of Thrones' has been absent from Comic-Con since the show premiered in 2011. According to EW's James Hibberd, "there are a few issues at play. First, the show is not airing in 2018, taking a year off for the first time as it films its hugely ambitious final season. With season 8 not airing until 2019, it’s a bit early to begin promoting the new episodes. Granted many other movies and shows go to Comic-Con months ahead of their release to start building buzz, but the difference with GoT is the wildly popular fantasy hit simply doesn’t need any promotional help. Another factor is the show is still in production on its final season, so many of the actors are rather busy." In Westworld's case, he adds, the second season will be over by the time Comic-Con starts -- though that hasn't stopped the Game of Thrones cast from appearing in previous years following the conclusion of the season in the spring.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 3:30AM EDT
How did Westworld's "Kiksuya" episode come into existence?
This week's episode, focusing on Zahn McClarnon's Akecheta's origin story, is considered the best episode so far this season.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Westworld announces a surprise addition to the Season 2 cast: Sela Ward
The two-time Emmy-winning actress' edition was revealed in a teaser for next week's episode.
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 9:38PM EDT
Evan Rachel Wood says Westworld cut out a queer moment she had promised
Wood responded today after a fan brought up an interview from April in which she said that "we’ll give you something. As a queer person, I’m like, 'More.' We will not leave you high and dry. That’s what I’m going to say."
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
Westworld characters seem to have uncanny similarities to Game of Thrones characters
For instance, Maeve Millay is a lot like Daenerys Targaryen. "These two women started out as pawns in enormous, complicated games — and then decided to take over the games and mow down or overwhelm every competitor in their paths," says Maureen Ryan. "If Maeve, the former proprietor of the Sweetwater brothel, decided to start riding around the Westworld park on a dragon, would you really be surprised? I wouldn't. As we've learned this season, she can control other hosts with her mind, just as Dany can control her enormous dragons (up to a point) via an almost telepathic link. Her dragons are enormous — as big as Maeve's grudge. Don't cross these women, seriously."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 9:55PM EDT
Facebook mistakes a Kentucky woman for a Westworld bot
Facebook's social media team was supposed to direct Westworld fans to HBO's Westworld Messenger account. Instead, it directed fans to a random woman in Kentucky.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 1:00AM EDT
Westworld is starting to feel a lot like Game of Thrones
"From the beginning, fans and critics were quick to compare the show to HBO's powerhouse fantasy series," says Matt Miller. "And there wasn't much in common between the two. except for Westworld ended up filling the gap between Game of Thrones' absence from TV. But, midway through Season Two, the greater narrative structure of Westworld is starting to feel very much like HBO's other hit series. I'm talking about the pacing, which is only inching forward in small teases." ALSO: A closed-captioning error may have revealed a new Westworld theory.
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 7:45PM EDT
Westworld is "Resurrection TV," a trend where death on television doesn't matter
"Welcome to Resurrection TV, where death, bizarrely, stops mattering, and everyone involved, including the viewers, must sort out what does," says Lili Loofbourow. "Plot suffers in Resurrection TV, which tends to avoid linear cause and effect in favor of unreliable narrators, sly edits, and shifty camerawork. But other narrative approaches become possible as a result, and while the list of failures is long, the successes are gloriously inventive. Shows carving excellence out of this wobbly premise include abduction-drama The Leftovers and afterlife-comedy The Good Place, with Westworld emerging as a brilliant contender. My claim is this: While all three of these shows could be (and are) watched as 'Puzzle TV'—that is, shows that reward an obsessive, hermeneutical search for secret codes that might 'solve' the series—they are ultimately more interested in the long weird hangover of deathlessness, its possibilities as well as miseries."
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Why doesn't anybody on Westworld use Instagram?
"I know you're going to say that park guests have to turn over their devices upon entrance, and based on what we saw back in season one, that seems to be true," says Eliza Thompson. Yet she adds: "If people are willing to sign up for a Delos-provided experience that almost certainly involves some sort of waiver, these future humans have likely only gotten more comfortable with the gradual erosion of their privacy, which means they probably haven't kicked their social media addictions, either. If people are still using social media, then at least a few of these park-going oligarchs are doin' it for the 'gram. And as everyone who's ever snuck a phone into a concert where the artist has asked for no photos knows, where there's a will to Instagram, there's a way." ALSO: Shannon Woodward says Westworld fans keep "mansplaining" the show to her.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
Westworld seems like it doubled down on its overall "Lost-iness" in Season 2
Sunday's episode had an opening sequence that bore similarities to Lost's memorable Season 2 opener. But co-creator Lisa Joy, who directed the episode, says she's never seen Lost. “This is the way that happy accidents make history rhyme sometimes," she said of the similarities. Yet it's not just that opening sequence. Westworld has always seemed like Lost, especially this season, says Lindsey Romain. "Beyond sharing that visual cue, the second season of Westworld has doubled down on its overall Lost-iness," she says. "The first season, you might recall, was already loaded with similar storytelling mechanics: a beautiful remote location, godlike men pulling strings, a man in black, time not being what it seems. Season two feels similarly derivative, or at the very least spiritually connected." ALSO: Lisa Joy talks about directing her first episode.
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 9:08PM EDT
Atlanta, Rick and Morty and Westworld are revolutionizing TV episode descriptions
Atlanta's episode descriptions are written in the voice of an omniscient hype man, as Clayton Purdom points out. Mr. Robot uses an all-lowercase, acronym- and internet-speak voice, while Westworld is written in character as one of the show's hosts. As Purdom notes, "over the past few years, some of the best shows on television have flagrantly defied the traditional episode description—that terse sentence-or-so description of the main conflict, with maybe a hint toward the B-line, that have accompanied TV listings since time immemorial. The first show I really noticed flouting these convention was Rick And Morty, whose 'broh'-filled episode descriptions sound like recommendations from a skeezy stoner friend."
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 1:23PM EDT
PETA blasts HBO's statement defending its use of elephants on Westworld
PETA's Rachel Mathews pointed to the pay network's history of using animals in responding to HBO's statement defending its use of elephants on Sunday's episode, saying: "HBO and its producers cannot honestly claim any high ground or provide any assurances in this case, as they’ve been sitting on this footage showing elephants screaming in pain as trainers hit, jab, and electroshock them since June 2016, when PETA first wrote to them about the use of an elephant from Have Trunk Will Travel for an episode of Silicon Valley."