For those of us who watched the first series of HBO’s Westworld, there was a lot of room for theory crafting. As online communities discussed the episodes, a number of fan theories ended up coming true – leading some to suspect that the series wasn’t able to shock audiences (Like Game of Thrones). Turns out that audiences were supposed to figure out some of the bigger twists – that’s according to Evan Rachel Wood.
Talking with Vulture – Even Rachel Wood, one of the main stars of the popular Western themed sci-fi show, explained;
“Usually I’m like, “Okay, I think I have an idea of where this is going,” and then the payoff is always so incredible, so much bigger than I could ever imagine. I think the same goes for the audience — you’re supposed to figure out the show, and even if you do, it’s okay because the payoff will always be way more than you could ever dream up.”
To their credit, showrunners Jonathon Nolan and Lisa HJoy were very open about when audiences were right on twists. Back in March, the pair admitted that audiences were correct about an episode three twist – a twist that was ultimately changed before airing. It seems that while the show is willing to give some credit – it doesn’t want them figuring out all the major events before they have a chance to shock.
Personally, I hope Season 2 does a better job of hiding its bigger secrets. It was a bit weird to have audiences guess the seasons biggest twist (the fact that the story was taking place across two different time periods) so blatantly and so obviously. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of theory crafting – but when it gets to blatantly distracting, it can put a bit of downer on a series.
Maybe it’s a sign they should be less obvious about it.
Westworld is set to return to television screens in 2018.