Westworld star and Australian native Leonardo Nam (Felix Lutz) bore witness to the same unexpected and surprising deaths of seemingly long-term characters during the first season of the show. While he may have been privy to such information while on set, months before fans found out, the demise of characters like Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) and Theresa Cullen (Sidse Babett Knudsen) would have no doubt created a similar sense of shock and disbelief for him. Where Nam differs from the show’s viewership is in the subsequent wondering – what about his own character’s future?
Nam recently sat down with Business Insider to discuss this topic. When asked whether or not he worried about Felix’s fate while on set, he had no problem admitting he did:
“Oh are you kidding me? All the time […] When I look back, that’s one of the things that did make it exciting. The way that television and these creators work right now is you never really know what’s gonna happen. You think you know, and then they have something else in store.”
I can’t help but draw a comparison to this ‘phenomenon’ between Westworld and another HBO hit: Game of Thrones. As fans of the long-running fantasy epic are well aware, no character is safe, even if they establish themselves throughout an entire season as a predominant and dependable figure (miss you Ned). And for a show that is shrouded in so much secrecy, as both Thrones and Westworld are, even the actors are forced to theorize about what could happen to their characters the next season or even the next episode.
Nam also mentions that he and the other actors had some fun on set guessing if their characters are human or android:
“As the episode’s being written, we’d all talk on set, in passing, and we’d be like, ‘are you a host? Because last week, I thought you were a human. Now I think you’re a robot. Am I a robot or am I human?’ […] People were saying that all the time. It was a big bonding moment for everyone, because no one really knew what was happening with the overarching story.”
While guessing your character’s destiny can certainly elicit feelings of nervousness and anxiety, especially surrounding the question of whether or not you will still have a job next season, Nam does offer a grain of hope: “On the flip side, the benefit of it all is everyone can come back in different forms.”
Which actors do you think should be most worried about their characters’ fates in the upcoming season? Let us know!