As production on Westworld’s second season continues in full swing, with filming starting this week, it’s difficult to imagine that co-creators and showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have much free time on their hands.
However, the duo did find some time to stop by Variety’s “Remote Controlled” podcast recently to reveal some ambiguous yet intriguing new details about the upcoming season.
When asked what the new season is shaping up to be, Nolan says, “It’s an ambitious season.” He continues:
“We always new that we wanted the stakes and the scope to increase dramatically and that means the scale of production increases as well. We have an amazingly talented group of writers, directors, and crew coming back and gearing up for what I think and what I hope will prove to be a season twice as ambitious as the first one.”
Given how dramatically large the scope of the story and the corresponding production needs were in the show’s first season, it’s difficult to imagine the show can outdo itself by doubling down. Then again, I’ve been surprised in the past at how quickly the scope of a show can grow and evolve (looking at you GoT), so perhaps I’ll temper my reaction for now.
Nolan and Joy also take the time to acknowledge the diehard fans of the show who used their dissection abilities to figure out some of the major twists of the first season well before the show finished airing its freshman run. Both have accepted the obsessiveness of the fandom, and are planning to continue teasing them with breadcrumbs throughout the episodes. Says Joy:
“For us, even though we’re creating it as we go along, we feel like we owe it to the fans to be bold and to play this game with them where we’re like, ‘Do you want to figure it out? Do you want to play with us here?’”
If I may speak on behalf of said fandom, yes, we would very much like to play your game. Think of it as our own maze!
Later on in the podcast, Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy) stops by and discusses the big twist ending to the first season that her character finds herself wrapped up in. “I was still pretty floored and shocked when I got episode 10,” says the actress. “When I read the final page, I just threw the script down and kind of walked away, couldn’t handle it.”
It’s one thing to read the ending to the season on a page, but to actually act it out? Wood explains that her nerves were certainly present, admitting, “I couldn’t believe that I had to actually hold a real gun to Anthony Hopkins’ [Dr. Ford] head and pull the trigger. That was one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of my life.”
I must say, Wood did a pretty good job keeping her composure during that scene, because I definitely didn’t see any hint of nervousness from her performance.
Take a listen to the entire podcast below, and let us know what you think!