Westworld has hit yet another filming snag, this one at the hands of Southern California’s wildfire-prone landscapes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a 200-acre wildfire that flared up around 10am local time on Tuesday near Westworld‘s Santa Clarita set has caused the show to shut down production.
HBO’s official statement is as follows: “Due to nearby wildfires, Westworld stopped production earlier today and will resume filming as soon as it’s safe to do so.”
This filming stoppage is the second that Westworld has experienced this fall, the first occurring after recurring cast member Zahn McClarnon suffered an off-set head injury, which caused his filming unit to temporarily suspend filming.
Westworld is no stranger to production shutdowns, having experienced a months-long one during the filming of it’s freshman run to allow for co-showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy to finish up scripts. That season turned out to be nothing less than incredible (and the most watched freshman season of any HBO show), so while I can’t help but be bummed at this new turn of events, I have no doubt the quality of the show won’t be impacted in the least bit.
Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores) managed to post a visual representation of what she experienced “at work today” via her Instagram, cluing us in to what the cast and crew may be seeing at their Santa Clarita set:
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