As we all wait for news that Westworld’s second season has started production (which may not be too far away), we have a new interview to tide us over. The Los Angeles Times has posted a video interview with leading lady Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy). She sits down with Television Editor Sarah Rodman to discuss her character, theories, and expectations for season two.
I don’t know about you, but I for one feel like we’ve already been stuck in between seasons of Westworld for way too long. Yes, season two scripts are in the process of being written, but that only provides so much reassurance when one remembers that we most likely won’t see a new episode until next year.
For those of you who’ve also felt the toll of this drought, we here at Westworld Watchers thought it would be fun and productive to revisit the opening title sequence and theme song of the show.
The first season of Westworld brought us a land populated with highly advanced artificial beings, equipped with technology yet to be realized outside of the fictional television world. While it may still feel like a long ways away until us real world folk get the chance to interact with our own version of hosts, an AI engineer and tech CEO is hopeful that this opportunity may come sooner than we think.
Dr. Mark Sagar, who currently heads the New Zealand-based tech company Soul Machines, recently sat down with CNBC to talk about his company’s revolutionary inventions, and how he believes humans will utilize technologies that have yet to come.
It’s no secret that HBO’s Westworld made quite a splash on the pop culture scene after its inaugural run last fall. Not only was it a ratings hit for the network, its philosophical themes and portrayal of technology’s (possible) future spurred debate in the media and among fans of the show. Westworld provided a fresh look at the evolution of artificial intelligence, causing us to question our place in the world.
It’s no wonder that a series so rich and complex would be making its way into higher education. Colleges and universities are increasingly offering courses which incorporate popular films and television series, and students are finding that shows like Westworld make excellent academic subjects. In fact, a doctoral student at the University of Cambridge is currently running a research study on the topic and needs your participation.
As the new golden age of television continues to expand, so has the visual quality of today’s small-screen shows. These days an increasing number of series, particularly those on premium cable channels like HBO and streamers like Netflix, look more like cinematic features than regular ol’ TV shows. The stunning visuals of Westworld certainly fall into this category, and a big reason why is because of cinematographer Paul Cameron.
Cameron recently sat down with Collider to chat about Disney’s upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, on which he assumed the role of Director of Cinematography. When the topic of shooting Westworld’s pilot came up, Cameron mentioned that he certainly felt the stakes attached to such a large endeavor:
One of the unsolved mysteries of Westworld’s first season is the fate of Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth). The park’s head of security was last seen searching for Elsie Hughes (Shannon Woodward) in the finale, when he was ambushed by members of Ghost Nation. The situation was looking exceedingly grim for most of the humans by the end of the season, but since we didn’t see Stubbs die many fans held out hope for him. Thankfully, a new interview with the Huffington Post gives us a reason to be optimistic.
To celebrate the arrival of Westworld‘s very own line of Funko Pop! Vinyl figures in stores this month, this past week we threw a giveaway featuring the show’s leading ladies. One lucky winner will be taking home a double pack of Funko figures featuring Maeve and Dolores, the spirited hosts whose struggles with dawning consciousness form the center of Westworld‘s first season.
Now, onto the fun part! The entries have been counted, and it’s time to announce the winner. The Double Pop Giveaway winner is….
Westworld’s first season wrapped up months ago, and season two filming is nowhere in sight, but thankfully the cast still enjoys sharing their experiences from the show. Today Gold Derby posted an interview with Jimmi Simpson (William), who shares some insight into his character’s journey and what is was like to play a nice guy for a change.
THR is reporting that Westworld’s co-creator and co-showrunner Lisa Joy has renewed her contract with Warner Bros. TV, the studio behind the HBO breakout hit.
The renewal, which is being reported as a multi-year deal, will see Joy remain as co-showrunner on the series along with her husband and fellow co-creator / co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan.
Additionally, this renewal will allow Joy to develop new projects for the studio through Kilter Films, the production company co-run by her and Nolan and responsible for bringing Westworld to life.
One of the most fun announcements for Westworld fans this year was the news that the show is receiving its own line of Funko Pop! Vinyl dolls. The collectible figures were originally unveiled in February at the Toy Fair in New York, and include seven varieties of Westworld characters. Now available in stores, the Pop! dolls feature the leading ladies Dolores Abernathy and Maeve Millay, host programmer Bernard Lowe, perpetually dead cowboy Teddy Flood, head honcho Dr. Robert Ford, the disturbing robot-boy version of young Ford, and the Man in Black.
We love a good worldwide giveaway here, so this seemed like the perfect time for one! WestworldWatchers is giving away a double-pack of Westworld Pop! dolls, to one lucky winner! Find out three easy ways to enter to win, below.