HOLLYWOOD – HBO’s hit show Westworld is to make sense for its final season.
Breaking with tradition, Westworld makers today declared that the show will do something totally new in its fourth season: make sense. The last season saw a precipitous drop in viewing figures, which had already fallen after a successful first season. Although the series received praise for its spectacular design, the convoluted plot caused some consternation. ‘Like trying to eat spaghetti with a paperclip,’ the Guardian wrote. ‘Er, what?’ the New York Times agreed. Even star Ed Harris found his face permanently etched with worry lines as he sought to make sense of it all.
Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy sat down with Studio Exec to talk Westworld.
So what can we expect from the coming season?
JN: The first and most obvious thing is we’re going to make the show much easier to understand.
LJ: We both knew that when we watched the episodes of season 3, we had gone too far. They were just so hard to follow. What does Maeve want? Who is Dolores again?
JN: That was the biggest problem. We were asking these questions and we’d written the show.
So it’s going to be simplified.
LJ: Absolutely. We’re going to have the villains clearly delineated. And people aren’t going to have these weird backstories that are suddenly revealed.
JN: We have such great actors working on the show, and we just give them this gobbledigook exposition to spout. I mean, Vincent Cassel. Did you know who he was supposed to be?
Great that sound super.
LJ: What we want to do is reveal and I suppose this is a spoiler but anyway, we’re going to reveal that the audience are all hosts, basically.
JN: This is the extra layer we needed. Can you imagine people’s faces when they realize we built them so they can watch the show?
Westworld Season 4 arrives in 2021.