Westworld Star: The Show Has Always Been Cryptically Transparent

Fluorescent breadcrumbs help

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Westworld stars Jeffrey Wright (Bernard Lowe) and Luke Hemsworth (Ashley Stubbs) recently made an appearance at the Dubai International Film Festival, and The Hollywood Reporter was there to hear them speak about the show.

And what they had to say was quite interesting. Wright, in particular, addressed the controversy that brewed throughout the first season’s run regarding the series’s handling of its storylines and the delivery of its revelations – notably, how exposition only seems to be delivered in bite-sized chunks, and only in the middle (or at the end) of particular storylines. The actor’s comments constitute a strong (some might even say defiant) defense of the showrunners’ storytelling decisions.

We told from the start what’s going on. Not to disparage, but everything was completely transparent in the most cryptic way. I think it was Dolores in narration who said, “Let’s go back to the beginning.” It was all made out from the start; there were breadcrumbs left along the way that are now fluorescent.”

Oh – along the way, the two actors dropped a hint as to what will greet viewers in Westworld’s second season. “The first season is creating order. The second season is mayhem and chaos,” Wright said.

It was precisely this interplay between chaos and highly-organized structure – particularly in the way the narrative unfolded – that created the real draw of the HBO series in its first season, and seeing how this tension will play out in the second remains one of the biggest draws moving forward.

What contours do you think this dynamic will take in 2018? Leave your thoughts and theories in the comments.

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