HBO’s Westworld was a huge breakout hit for the network when it landed in 2016. Achieving higher numbers that Game of Thrones managed in its initial season, Westworld broke records for HBO. One of the reasons for this as just how intriguing the storyline running throughout the show was. This gave way to many fan theories (some of which turned out to be true). Now one of the bigger unanswered theory’s has been confirmed by the shows creators.

During the recent PaleyFest panel for Westworld – which was moderated by EW – the shows creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy confirmed this theory was correct;

“The way that we designed it and the way we shot it… that is really the first decision she’s ever made… For me, it’s a very emotional moment in the episode because you’re seeing the first freewill.”


The reveal showcases that achieving free will is possible for the robots inside the world Westworld, something audiences weren’t clued into properly before. With Maeve now heading back into the park free from control of her overlords, it sets up an intriguing set of instances. If she realises what the power she wields, things could end up getting a lot more darker within the artificial Westworld.

The shows creators have also spoken about the inquisitive fan base – saying that they’ve already been forced to rewrite sections of Season 2 in response to some of the fan theories posed.

“Reddit has already figured out the third episode twist, so we’re changing that right now.”

“It’s annoying sometimes when people guess the twists and then blog about it, but the engagement is gratifying, on one level, because if someone guesses your twist, it means you’ve done an adequate job [of structuring the series]. “You can’t complain when people are that engaged. It’s very gratifying—but stop doing it, please.”


What do you think? Where do you want Westworld’s second season to take the story?


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