During a recent interview with TVLine, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy discussed how in the writer’s room they had originally planned to spend a little more time with the guests and what they experience on a normal day in the park, filling in some of the knowledge gaps for audience members wondering about how the average guest enjoyed their time in ‘Westworld,’ including when families came with children. However, it eventually became clear to them that because the show was focused more on the hosts than the guests, it did not make much sense to spend that much time on the guests. In Nolan’s words:
“It didn’t feel appropriate to spend too much time illuminating how unreal this place is, because the hosts believe in it so much up until that horrifying moment when they realize that it’s an artificial world. So we didn’t get bogged down in it. [We] will spend a little bit more time next season shining a light on those aspects of the park — what does it feel like to come to it as a guest? — just a little bit before the mayhem starts.”
Of course, this just makes me even more excited for Season 2, and I cannot believe we will most likely have to wait till 2018 to see it all happen. Of course, it might prove a little frustrating that after such a long wait, we will have to wait for the show to get through this “guest experience” stuff before we finally get back to Delores and her uprising, but I have faith in the writers of “Westworld’ in knowing what they are doing. If they feel it is important to show how regular guests experience the park, then I am sure it will pay off at some point down the line. The show has proven itself enough so far to warrant that kind of trust. And, since the show is built on so many mysteries, there would be some good opportunities for the writers to address some of the smaller mysteries of the workings of the park before delving into the rebellion where we see how it all breaks down, so in a way it all makes sense.
Are you intrigued by the idea of seeing a normal person experience the park one last time before we see the host uprising? Or do you wish they would just jump right into the action? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!
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