Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy Reminisce about Season One, Drop Hints of What’s to Come

The co-creator/showrunner team sat down with the Emmys folks to discuss their breakout hit

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Westworld’s fearless leaders, showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, are certainly hard at work right now. Not only are they in the midst of writing all ten scripts and prepping for season two production, but they’ve also joined in on the Emmys push as voting for nominations begins.

As part of this push, back in May Nolan and Joy sat down with Emmys contributor Ann Farmer to discuss Westworld’s sensational freshman season, and to drop some vague but promising hints about what fans should expect for the upcoming second season, scheduled to bow in 2018.


As fans are well aware, Westworld’s initial concept was created by Michael Chrichton, and brought to the silver screen in 1973. When asked about how their HBO adaptation compares to the original film, Nolan remarks that he and Joy’s main goal is to expand upon many of the ideas that were introduced by Chrichton:

“Chrichton had a particular genius for where our technology was taking us and the dark corners we were painting ourselves into, which the feature didn’t have quite enough time to explore. So, for Lisa and me, it was a great opportunity with an episodic series to really dive into so many ideas from the original feature and some of the ideas that we had been interested in.”

It seems that these ‘dark corners’ Nolan refers to took a greater hold over the show than he and Joy initially thought as they were beginning to write the scripts. “When we started developing the series, we hoped to portray some of the positive experiences within the park”, says Nolan. “But as we continued to write – and to write from the perspective of the hosts – everything tilted a little darker with regard to our vision of humanity with this project.”

Given how the first season wrapped up, it’s fairly safe to assume that the darkness Nolan and Joy established will only become more apparent as the hosts continue to build upon the rebellion against their human captors.

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Speaking of what’s to come, Nolan and Joy also offer some tiny kernels of information about what fans can expect over the next season. “[The second season] is a lot of what our characters will be learning and figuring out: who, now that they are free, will they become?” remarks Joy.

Farmer also couldn’t help but ask whether or not Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) will be back next season. “You never want to count anybody out on this show,” says Nolan.

While he could just be playing with us for the sake of keeping the show’s secrets under wraps, does Nolan’s remark perhaps offer some hope that Ford could make an appearance, in either human or android form, next season?

Be sure to check out the entire interview on the Emmys site, and let us know what you think!

5 responses to “Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy Reminisce about Season One, Drop Hints of What’s to Come”

  1. Because the wait will be so long, I am not getting worked up about season 2. But I will be happy to see them get away from the mysteries (which were easier to figure out than virtually any show in recent history), and focus on the emotional growth of these characters.

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