Following in the tradition of ‘Game of Thrones‘ (who many of us still think ‘Westworld’ is the intellectual successor to on HBO), news has come out that Season 2 of ‘Westworld’ will feature numerous episodes that will be a little longer than normal. As a big fan of the series, I cannot imagine anyone complaining about getting more content at this point, especially after having had to wait 16 months for Season 2 and knowing there is so much ground to cover.
According to executive producer/ showrunner Jonathon Nolan during a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly:
“The second season the premiere is a little over 70 minutes. The fourth episode — which is one of my favorites — is a little longer than an hour. And the finale is just going to keep going and going — it’s a bit of an epic.”
So the premiere and finale being long is not that surprising, those episodes usual garner the biggest audiences and have the most work to do, either getting people back up to speed after the long break or else wrapping up the season. I am far more intrigued by this “fourth episode” which Nolan speaks about, especially as it is one of his favorites. Could this be the episode that takes place almost entirely in Shogun World and almost entirely in Japanese? I could see that being a lot of fun, and something different and new and exciting for the series (though I am sure there will be a few audience members who will complain about having to spend the hour reading subtitles). All we know so far about the episode is that executive producer Lisa Joy directed the episode herself, and it features the first appearance by Peter Mullan as James Delos (founder of the Delos Corporation) and the return of Jimmi Simpson as the younger version of the Man in Black, both facts which make me think the episode will be more of an extended flashback episode rather than the Shogun World episode, but it could be both.
Are you excited to know we will be getting even more ‘Westworld’ than we thought this season? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!