Do you remember back when we were in a panic because Bad Robot had halted production of WESTWORLD? We thought that was a sign of problems with the series and that they might scrap or re-tool it? We were told that they were just trying to firm up some of the scripts before they moved forward. Liza Joy, showrunner alongside Jonathan Nolan said,
“For the first half of the series we were writing while in production and we needed the time to catch up on scripts. Taking that time allowed us to really finesse all the storylines we set up – deepening character arcs and delving further into the series’ larger mythological questions.” Joy more recently added to us that, “It’s a really complex interlocking story. We knew where we wanted to go and we knew exactly how the season ended where the kind of character arcs ended, but weaving those scripts and writing the dialogue for all these brilliant actors, it takes time.”
Well, that tweaking was true enough, but it has come to light that during that hiatus the production company was doing something else. It took the time to shape the series into a five season arc and that’s good news for us. They halted production last January and took advantage of that time to really lock into a cohesiveness for the series and they did so to the point of establishing the series endgame and tying into season one completing a concise story from beginning to end at the start. Actor James Marsden (pictured) says –
“We wanted everything in line so that when the very last episode airs and we have our show finale, five or seven years down the line, we knew how it was going to end the first season – that’s the way Jonah and [executive producer J.J. Abrams] operate. They’re making sure all the ducks are in the row. And it’s a testament to Jonah and Lisa and HBO that we got them right, especially the last three scripts. They could have rushed them and get spread too thin. They got them right, and when they were right, we went and shot them.”
And Jonathan Nolan stated,
“We didn’t want to have a story that repeated itself [each year]. We didn’t want the Fantasy Island version of this [where new guests arrive at the park every season]. We wanted a big story. We wanted the story of the origin of a new species and how that would play out in its complexity.”
Again, all of that points to good news for fans. The whole concept seems so well planned out as a complete package with all the intriguing themes played up, and character arcs defined. Couple that with the strength of production value HBO strives for and we are going to have a series that looks to be truly awesome.
The best thing is we don’t have long to wait. Remember WESTWORLD debuts SUNDAY, October 2 at 9:00pm.