Emmy nominations are probably the only non-depressing thing in Gilead right now, and that’s not saying much.
Emmy nominations are probably the only non-depressing thing in Gilead right now, and that’s not saying much.
Now that the second season of Westworld is over, freezing motor functions on a delightful, but somewhat-confusing series for the next year or two, you might feel a bit lost about what you should do next.
Lil Miquela has 1.3 million Instagram followers. It figures. She is a beautiful model with a unique sense of style. But, she is fake. Literally unreal — a CGI “being.
Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores.Photo: John P. Johnson/HBOUsually we title these kinds of guides “everything you need to know about XYZ show.” But HBO’s Westworld isn’t easily summed up or explained.
One of my earliest jobs was secretary at my mother’s hair salon. I booked appointments and sold shampoos, sure, but mostly I gossiped with customers. I could spot the exact moment when a guest spotted a juicy tidbit in the salon’s copies of Entertainment Weekly or US.
Chris Ryan: “Park 1.” Which would suggest very strongly that there is a Park 2. So would the samurai. When Maeve asks Felix WTF, he tells her, “It’s complicated.” It is and it isn’t. It’s telling that very little of “The Bicameral Mind” mined the Old West for plot.
Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have been thinking a lot about simulations. The creative duo have divided their last few years between writing for television and raising their first child.
What makes you you? Is it the things you like? The feelings you feel? The thoughts you have? Or is it something more ephemeral — something religion might dub the “soul,” the part of yourself that is hidden away and untouchable to everyone but God?
Television’s best show about murderous sex robots, HBO’s Westworld, wrapped up its debut season last night in the way most prestige TV shows do. Characters died, twists were revealed, and the season ended on a somewhat ambiguous note.
As you probably know, many members of The Outline staff are huge Westworld fans. Well, at the very least, many members of the staff spent an enormous amount of time debating the nature of our reality and also whether or not the show was any good.
It took three years, upwards of $100 million in start-up costs, and one halt in production, but HBO’s Westworld ended its first season on Sunday as what’s arguably the network’s most successful drama launch since Game of Thrones. It’s not just that the ratings for the J.J.
NOTE: Spoilers for episode seven of Westworld follow. HBO’s Westworld is taut and tantalizing, a gripping and gorgeous sci-fi puzzle box of a series with a stellar cast and a meticulously designed world that feels at once real and unreal.
Image: John P. Johnson/HBO In episode three of Westworld, Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) describes the theory of the mind that his co-founder, Arnold, used to try to create consciousness in the hosts.
I was blown away by the first episode of Westworld, and now it's time to analyze it obsessively on Ars Technica's podcast Decrypted. Previously, we plumbed the depths of Mr. Robot, and now we're ready for a show with actual robots.
Fittingly for a show about what is essentially a giant choose-your-own-adventure game, Westworld had some critical decisions to make ahead of Season 2.
“This story line will make Hieronymus Bosch look like he was doodling kittens,” Lee Sizemore brags. He’s the head of the “narrative department” at Westworld, a frontier-themed vacation park where customers act out their darkest fantasies.
Westworld is here, and so is our reckoning. Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy reset the board Sunday night by changing the show’s ground rules: Now chaos is the controlling force of the show, and humans, not hosts, will be the vulnerable (and, sometimes, fully nude) party.
Westworld Season 1 Ending Explained! What was Ford's master plan? What is the maze? What are the voices Dolores hears? Westworld all questions answered!Spoilers ahead!Westworld's season finale on HBO confirmed major theories about the timeline and the Man in Black, but other mysteries remain. Erik V
There’s a train in Westworld, or near Westworld, or around Westworld, or maybe the train actually is Westworld. I don’t know. I mean, it shouldn’t be a thing of mystery — it’s a train — but Westworld is a thing of a mystery, which means that everything in it is a thing of mystery, too.
Welcome to Being There, a column on the emerging world of immersive entertainment — from virtual reality and theme parks, to haunted houses and interactive theater. Written by The Verge senior reporter Bryan Bishop.
Last Sunday, we passed the halftime mark on HBO’s series Westworld, with the airing of episode five of 10 in the first season.
The second episode of Westworld, "Chestnut," took us deeper into the mysteries of robot consciousness and the Man In Black's obsessive quest. Now we'll take a deep analytical dive into Westworld on Ars Technica's podcast Decrypted.
On the second episode of the first season of “Westworld,” Lee Sizemore introduced a new narrative called “Odyssey on Red River,” which he described as the “apex” of what Westworld could be, an amplification of the Wild West perversity and ultraviolence that the guests loved.
As the deviously puzzling first half of HBO’s “Westworld” has unfolded, sleuths on fan sites and reddit threads have spun elaborate theories about what is really going on in the futuristic, Wild West-themed amusement park of the title.
Westworld, HBO’s long-gestating adaptation of the 1973 movie of the same name, finally premieres this Sunday. In a lot of ways, the first episode already lives up to the hype—but you’re also going to have to be okay with being confused.... at least for now.
HBO's "Westworld" takes place over the course of at least 37 or so years. While fans believe they've discovered the exact year in the future we're seeing (2052), HBO hasn't made this revelation official yet.
The paradox of Westworld as a theme park is that guests come seeking a taste of freedom — no laws, no standards of decency, no limits beyond the horizon — but are, in fact, submitting themselves to a world that’s controlled, surveilled and quite literally programmed.
We’re three episodes into Westworld’s inaugural season, and things keep getting weirder and weirder (and in many instances, creepier, too). It’s answered exactly zero of the questions we had after the premiere, while new ones keep piling up.
On October 2, the 1973 scifi movie Westworld will be reimagined as a sleek, modern TV series courtesy of HBO. Given that the show is produced by the likes of Jonathan Nolan and J.J.
When the first season of Westworld ended, Kevin Durant hadn’t won an NBA title yet, Moana was still in theaters, and Barack Obama was still in the White House. A lot has changed since then.
I suspect that audiences watched two different finales of Westworld last night. If you were a casual Westworld fan, someone who catches it every week but doesn’t spend a lot of additional time thinking about it, the revelation of William as the Man in Black was most likely quite surprising.
What happens in Westworld Season 1, and what does it mean? What is the Maze? What is Ford’s plan? Does Maeve become conscious? How does the Westworld timeline work, with Dolores and William and the Man in Black?Subscribe: http://bit.ly/ASXSubscribeFacebook: http://bit.ly/ASXFacebookTwitter: http:/
Westworld was one of the most talked-about shows of 2016, a weekly must-see series that launched a thousand theories and continues to be discussed, dissected and deciphered even now. But with Season 2 here, it’s easy to forget where everything falls in the overall timeline.
Suppose we had robots perfectly identical to men, women and children and we were permitted by law to interact with them in any way we pleased. How would you treat them? That is the premise of “Westworld,” the popular HBO series that opened its second season Sunday night.
Near the end of Westworld’s first season, Host designer Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright), recently revealed to be a Host himself, tearfully asks the park director, Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins), how Ford could so casually force Bernard to murder someone — Bernard's own lover, no less.
There was a moment in last night’s Westworld that made everyone who’s seen the original film freeze in shock. Thankfully for our sanity, showrunner Jonathan Nolan has confirmed that we all saw what we thought we saw.
Westworld watchers, we knew this moment was coming. The second season's third episode, "Virtù e Fortuna," opens not in Westworld but in an India-themed park.
Everything I believed was a lie on Westworld—at least, that's what I got out of this week's episode "Trompe L'Oeil." I guess that's just par for the course in this mind-breaking story about storytelling.
Todd VanDerWerff: In terms of getting me excited about season two of Westworld, “Reunion” was far more successful than the second season premiere.
Since it popped up online last week, the trailer for HBO's new science fiction series Westworld has been viewed almost 2.5 million times. That's because it offers a raw, original vision of what a robot uprising might really be like in the twenty-first century. Of course, it starts with gaming.
A beautifully restored old train deposits visitors in Sweetwater, a manufactured Old West town and the central settlement within “Westworld,” the role-playing resort in which paying customers can bring their most elaborate fantasies to life, setting out on frontier adventures or staying in the
HBO's Westworld is a show about technological anxiety, explored through the lens of a futuristic theme park where you can live out your wildest fantasies with hundreds of almost perfectly lifelike (and increasingly self-aware) animatronic "hosts.
Everything in Westworld is a game. Guests can join robots on quests and missions or just do a hack-and-slash on poor Teddy. The park workers play power games.
Five years ago, Game of Thrones turned our expectations upside down. Here was a fantasy show that focused not on the portentous prophecies and heavy spellbooks, but on the politics and personalities of its medieval realm—and in the process, cultivated millions of fans.
One of the most pervasive fan theories concerning HBO’s Westworld is that the show seems to be portraying two or more different timelines at once without indicating to the audience that it’s operating under such a time split.
We are getting closer to that mysterious maze, yet we return with some more Westworld theories for you to consider before the penultimate episode of the HBO series. We take a look at a mind-blowing theory which suggests a connection between Dolores and Wyatt.
In my first review of HBO’s Westworld, which ended its first season this weekend, I called it “… a meticulously constructed, obsessively self-analyzing show, tailor-made for a pop-culture era dominated by TV and discussion of TV … an adults-only drama about the id
We may have mentioned this once or twice recently, but there has never been a better time to be a nerdy TV fan. Not only do viewers have more of seemingly everything to consider when selecting a new series to follow, but most series in 2018 tend to be pretty smart.
Watching is The New York Times’s TV and film recommendation website. Sign up for our thrice-weekly newsletter here. It was hard to keep up with HBO’s “Westworld” week to week through its first season (or even scene to scene).
Every week, I swing for the fences with one massive theory about the future of Westworld. Am I wrong? Am I right? We probably won’t know for sure for years, so why not enjoy the present? Months before Westworld’s premiere, my expectations were high for one reason: Jeffrey Wright.
My day job, in lieu of teaching creative writing like a normal person, is writing scripts for blockbuster video games. Last summer, while I watched a play-through of the then-unreleased Gears of War 4, for which I was the lead writer, something odd happened.
[This story contains spoilers through season two, episode two of HBO's Westworld, called "Reunion."] "You're smart enough to guess there's a bigger picture, but not smart enough to see what it is.
Earlier this month, the creators of “Westworld” announced a plan to foil the online theorizers who had guessed so many plot twists during the first season: They would post a video on Reddit that spoiled the entire second season.
The last time Westworld aired, we had a different president. The show finally returns for Season 2 this Sunday, and so the Westworld podcast industrial complex shudders back into motion. During season 1, HuffPost counted 28 goddamn Westworld podcasts, and many more have started since then.
Season 1, Episode 4: ‘Dissonance Theory’For visitors to the park, the chief allure of Westworld is freedom: freedom from the strictures of legality and social norms; freedom to indulge in whatever violent and sexual fantasies they can imagine; freedom of the kind settlers might have experienced
The first episode of Westworld laid out the scope and mechanics of the show’s sprawling yet self-contained universe. The second got at what it’s trying to say.
Think of Westworld as the Garden of Eden. Think of the Hosts contained within it as hundreds upon hundreds of possible Adams and possible Eves.
Mystified by Westworld? You’re not alone. We don’t have many answers yet, but HBO’s sci-fi brain teaser will surely offer a few from week to week. So we’re following up each episode of Westworld with a list of the myriad questions we’re pondering.
HBO has made this episode available in advance of its regular Sunday night slot. You can stream it now on HBO Go and HBO Now.
Going into “Trace Decay,” the eighth episode of “Westworld,” some fans held out hope that Sidse Babett Knudsen’s clever performance as the theme-park underboss Theresa Cullen wasn’t at an end.
If you've been watching Westworld, at some point you've probably found yourself wondering how close we are in reality to the science fiction of an immersive theme park populated by robots near indistinguishable from humans, whose bodies are there to cater to guests' every perverse pleasure.
If you thought Westworld was going to get less complicated in its second season, well, you were mostly right.
As the hosts in Delos’ luxury resorts continue with their plans for a mass robot uprising, Westworld is becoming a more expansive, complicated realm—especially with the introduction of Shōgun World, a new park styled to look and feel like feudal Japan.
Westworld is back for its second season. Its murdered robots have become murder-robots, and the show’s never-ending timeline trickery and narrative puzzle boxes are still escalating.
Note: Spoilers are ahead for previously aired Westworld episodes, as is some potentially spoiler-y speculation for future episodes.
If Westworld can be described as “about” any one thing in particular — which is a dangerous game to play, because the show is trying to encompass a great number of themes — it’s about the nature of consciousness.
Four episodes in, and we’re reaching a point in Westworld where I’d believe that almost anyone was secretly an android. But, last night, there was finally a hint at an answer to one of the show’s biggest mysteries: Who is the Man in Black in the real world?
Westworld is gearing up for season 2, and a new promo gif for San Diego Comic-Con is bursting at the seams with hints and secrets for what we can expect next season. Though it doesn’t look like anything to me.
Westworld finished its first season last night. Most of the time, we learned exactly what we expected to— but that didn’t stop the show from delivering as many punches as it could on the way there. Since I was a child, I’ve always loved a good story.
This post contains frank discussion of Season 1, Episode 10 of Westworld, titled “The Bicameral Mind.” If you’re not all caught up on the twists within twists, now is the time to leave! Well, that was a fascinating hour and a half of television.
While it's up for debate as to whether this includes any major spoilers, fair warning that it does contain some images which may give away minor spoilers. So turn back now if you haven't seen through episode seven of HBO's "Westworld.
The late Michael Crichton was as cunning as the fictional mad men he occasionally chronicled. In the early ’70s, the Andromeda Strain author accepted a paltry budget and a tight schedule to direct his screenplay about catastrophic breakdowns at a high-tech vacation spot.
With the few fragments of brain we have left this deep into the first season of “Westworld,” let us try once again to remember the source of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s series, the starting point of the maze in which we currently find ourselves.