Westworld’s fearless co-creators and co-showrunners, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, no doubt have their hands full right now as shooting for the second season continues to roll on in full force.
However, the duo recently found some time to answer a few questions posed to them by The Hollywood Reporter. One of the questions posed to them is what they think the biggest fan misconception is about Westworld. Nolan offers the following in response:
“That it takes place in the future. We had some pretty frightening conversations about [artificial intelligence] with people who have a front-row seat to what’s happening. We’ve all thought about this subject as science fiction for so long that it’s hard to understand it’s happening – right now. Humanity’s pursuit of these technologies is like driving in a fast car at night, with the headlights off, hurtling toward something…”
Given how advanced the hosts are in Westworld (and most likely in all other Delos parks), it’s easy to land at the assumption that the show must be taking place sometime in the distant future, when AI and robotics have reached a point where both can work in tandem to reproduce near-perfect android versions of humans. However, Nolan reassures (or maybe more appropriately scares) us into thinking that the technology powering the hosts may be be closer to becoming a reality than we all think.
Nolan and Joy go on to discuss which season one scene was the toughest to write, and the dialogue from that season that has stuck with them the most (to no one’s surprise, it’s dialogue from the always-eloquent Dr. Ford [Anthony Hopkins]). Check out the full interview, and let us know what you think!