HBO premieres the new West inspired Westworld and has a pathos of questions rising among fans.
HBO is looking to end the famous Game of Thrones in a couple of years and in the meantime, it will also be looking forward to making a show that can easily replace the network’s dominion in the world of entertainment. For that, they need something equally enigmatic, grueling and compelling at the same time.
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JJ Abrams, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy hope to bring such a show to the audience in Westworld. Based on the novel and movie of the same name Westworld directed by Michael Crichton, the show was publicized as one of the biggest events on HBO this fall. The show follows the same format as the core work but it will be more elaborate and detailed in its character building and storytelling.
Bearing that in mind, the premiere of the show which happened this Sunday for the U.S. audience has already raised a lot of questions in the audience about the show premise, characters, violence and what the show will represent for the audience who are so engrossed in the medieval world of Game of Thrones.
The show creators, Nolan and Joy were there to answer most question without giving much away about what’s to come. They were helpful in elaborating the characters and the story that we have been introduced to in the premiere.
Dolores has immediately captured a lot of attention as the oldest host in the Westworld. She is an android host who is living her life on a loop but we see an awakening of some kind in her throughout the episode at the end of which she ignores her “hurt no one” core setting to kill a fly.
Her somewhat romantic inclination towards Teddy and his death, which happened two time in the premiere alone is a fair warning to the audience that death is something that can be generally expected from the show’s premise but also that death is not really some permanent damage for some characters and what that could mean for the show.
One of the most intriguing character changes is that of the Gunslinger in the show who is human and has an inclination for violence. He is also fighting towards reaching to some deeper end.
Nolan and Joy also elaborated that audience will explore their affinity for violence in the show. There is plenty of it in the premiere alone. They know that people are questioning it. Their goal is for people to recognize that what violence means to them and in what form.
They elaborated that their own cast members had experienced that realization first hand while shooting for the show so they hope to achieve the same effect with the audience of the show.
We are also treated to the mind of the man that has created Westworld in Ford. His ideas and his attachment to his androids is very much in contrast to his colleagues and we get a viewpoint about technology in the modern world.
The premiere alone has built up enough for the season and Nolan and Joy promise that the audience will get to know more characters and the stories behind each one of them. Their doing or undoing will be experienced by the audience as the show unfolds.