It’s no secret that Westworld has quickly become one of the most secretive shows ever produced. Co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have made it a point of keeping as much information as close to the vest as possible, even when it comes to revealing information to the show’s stars.
While there certainly is an element of frustration that accompanies the feeling of being out of the know, many of the show’s cast have come to terms with it, and have even resorted to humor as a means of discussing it (I know I’d do so as a way to mentally cope).
Games Radar recently caught up with James Marsden (Teddy) and Gustaf Skarsgård (Karl Strand) to discuss the show’s infamous secrecy. According to a tongue-in-cheek Marsden, when scripts are delivered to actors, “a little robot thing flies out and scans your eyes and your face and takes your hand and like… blueprints your hand!”
While the technology to accomplish such a feat may be widely available in the Westworld universe, chances are we haven’t quite made it to the point of little robot script cops. That being said, the show does have ways of determining the source of any scripts that do (god forbid) get leaked. “You get the scripts and they’re watermarked with your name on every page,” says Marsden. “So if it gets out they can be like ‘Oh, it was Marsden’s script that got leaked!'”
Skarsgård also shed some humorous light on the tight-lipped mandate, claiming that the show’s producers “actually have our loved ones locked in a room right now!” Like the script robots, one can assume this is probably not true, but when it comes to Westworld, hey, you never know….
In the last few months since the Harvey Weinstein scandal first broke, the issue of sexual harassment and other forms of unwanted behavior have taken center stage, particularly in the entertainment industry. As a result, the Me Too movement was created, allowing women and men to safely speak about their experiences with harassment and assault and seek justice for those who have committed these unacceptable wrongs.
Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores), who herself has fallen victim to sexual assault, draws a comparison between the Me Too movement and Westworld. In a recent interview with USA Today, the actress commented on this link, saying, “I think the hosts have always been a metaphor for any group that’s been oppressed, [including] minorities, women. It’s hard not to draw comparisons now, just because it’s mirroring what’s going on in the world.”
Even though the show takes place in an entirely different time and universe, it’s difficult not to see how similar the Me Too movement and host uprising have become. In both cases, oppressed and wronged individuals have decided enough is enough and are now standing up against the people who have taken advantage of them, virtually unchecked, for years. One can only hope that in both cases the right people (or androids) come out on top and change everyone’s way of thinking for good.
There has been much speculation as to where the second season of Westworld is going to pick up from a narrative perspective. While it may seem logical to assume that the next episode will begin where the season one finale leaves off, various interviews with cast and crew throughout the last few months have hinted otherwise.
Thandie Newton (Maeve) reveals she is one of many people who thought the second season would be a direct continuation of the first. In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, the actress admits that her expectations of the new season were shattered after she read the first script for season two. “I was completely shellshocked,” she says. “It was absolutely not what I thought was gonna happen … I did have a sense, because of where we left in season one, I just assumed it would be a kinda direct continuation, and it is nuts! Nuts.”
We may not know a lot about the content of the next season, but one thing that’s been hammered home time and time again in interviews: this next season is going to be a crazy, unpredictable ride. Whatever our expectations are as we sit down on April 22 to watch the season two premiere, it’s difficult not to think most will be dead wrong, and in the best way possible. Jonah and Lisa are just too good at messing with viewers not to completely blow our minds right out of the gate.
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