Westworld showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy want to create a video spoiling season 2 – that is if that’s what fans want. The mega popular HBO show, which premiered in 2016 was a instant favorite with the internet theory crowd. The show developed a passionate fanbase on Reddit, who analyzed every detail of the sci-fi western for clues if what was to come next. And most of the time, they were right.
Season 2 hasn’t even started yet and already fans have found all of the last clues in the marketing materials. First there was the season 2 poster that had a code hidden inside of it revealing a secret trailer. Later, fans found a hidden clue inside the Delos website that lead to a new teaser promoting the fictional company.
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Nolan previously announced that he had a “controversial plan” when it came to handling fan theories for season 2 of Westworld. During a Reddit AMA Nolan revealed this plan, but left it up to the viewers to decide if it should be carried out. He and Joy are going to post a video detailing the entire plot of season 2. Fans who want to can watch the spoiler video and act as gatekeepers, discerning between what is a spoiler and what is a fan theory. Nolan compared the spoiler video to the Game of Thrones books and those who read them before watching seasons 1-5 of the show. Read the full statement below:
It creates a larger problem for us, though, in terms of the way your guesswork is reported online. ‘Theories’ can actually be spoilers, and the line between the two is confusing. It’s something we’ve been thinking about since last season. The fans of Game of Thrones, for instance, rallied around and protected the secrets of the narrative in part because they already knew those secrets (through season 5).
We thought about this long and hard, and came to a difficult (and potentially highly controversial) decision. If you guys agree, we’re going to post a video that lays out the plot (and twists and turns) of season 2. Everything. The whole sordid thing. Up front. That way the members of the community here who want the season spoiled for them can watch ahead, and then protect the rest of the community, and help to distinguish between what’s ‘theory’ and what’s spoiler.
It’s a new age, and a new world in terms of the relationship between the folks making shows and the community watching them. And trust is a big part of that. We’ve made our cast part of this decision, and they’re fully supportive. We’re so excited to be in this with you guys together. So if this post reaches a 1000 upvotes we’ll deliver the goods.
It’s a very interesting idea. On one hand, it prevents people from passing off spoilers as their own theories and thus spoiling other fans. On the other hand, half the fun of a show like Westworld is trying to figure out just what is really going on. Having that temptation out there with all the real answers might be too much. There are so many things that could go wrong. And there’s always going to be that one guy who ruins it for everyone else.
It’s also unfair to compare a video created by the showrunners to the Game of Thrones books. The Song of Ice and Fire series had devoted base who were trying to figure out who Jon Snow’s parents really were long before show watchers. This just seems like a way to stick it to fans who figured out every twist before the season finale. Whether or not the video is released will be left up to Redditors – some of whom are already theorizing that the video will be a misdirection meant to trick fans.
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Westworld season 2 premieres on April 22 at 9 PM on HBO.
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