As we first reported yesterday, production on the second season of Westworld was temporarily shut down after wildfires erupted in Southern California near the show’s Melody Ranch set.
Luckily, working conditions have since improved, and according to CNN, the show is back up and running as of today!
In an official statement to the news network, HBO said, “Westworld is currently scheduled to resume shooting today [Wednesday]. The production will have a Fire Safety Officer on set to monitor conditions throughout the day.”
This is great news for fans, and even better news for the cast and crew, who are understandably aiming to wrap up filming by the holidays.
As happy as I am about this latest development, I also can’t help but feel saddened by all the damage that these wildfires have done, specifically to people’s homes and businesses. As a native Los Angeleno, I can’t remember the last time we had 4 dangerous wildfires burning at the same time, all within 100 miles of each other, and I commend the thousands of first responders who have worked around the clock to control the flames and save as many structures as possible.
Personal feelings aside, the news about Westworld is fantastic and provides a sigh of relief. Here’s to a smooth and uninterrupted final few weeks of shooting!