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HBO's Westworld already has the next five seasons planned out

09.08.2016
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If you recall, HBO's Westworld suspended production back in January in order to give show-runners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan additional time to write the final episodes of the first season. It's always a little concerning when a production has to shut down temporarily, but in the case of Westworld the delay allowed the team to "really finesse all the storylines we set up – deepening character arcs and delving further into the series’ larger mythological questions." That break served another purpose beyond catching up on writing however, it also allowed Nolan and Joy to plan out the next five seasons of the series.

Westworld star James Marsden spoke with Entertainment Weekly to address what was happening behind-the-scenes.

It wasn’t about getting the first 10 [episodes] done, it was about mapping out what the next 5 or 6 years are going to be. We wanted everything in line so that when the very last episode airs and we have our show finale, five or seven years down the line, we knew how it was going to end the first season – that’s the way Jonah and [executive producer J.J. Abrams] operate. They’re making sure all the ducks are in the row. And it’s a testament to Jonah and Lisa and HBO that we got them right, especially the last three scripts. They could have rushed them and get spread too thin. They got them right, and when they were right, we went and shot them.

There always was a rough plan in place for the future of Westworld even from the first pitch to HBO, but it's good to know that the complex story which they hope to tell has been fully mapped out. However, Westworld is a big ambitious series with a hefty price tag and if the ratings aren't there, additional seasons likely won't be the first thing on HBO's mind. We're a little under a month away from the premiere of Westworld so we still don't fully understand how the first season will unfold, but Jonathan Nolan teased that subsequent seasons will likely be quite different.

We didn’t want to have a story that repeated itself [each year]. We didn’t want the Fantasy Island version of this [where new guests arrive at the park every season]. We wanted a big story. We wanted the story of the origin of a new species and how that would play out in its complexity.

Westworld will debut on HBO on October 2, 2016.

Source: EW

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3:50AM on 09/12/2016

Cannot wait!!!!

Definitely been excited for this new series. I think HBO likes this type of story line bc it could be very similar GoT in which, any character can be killed off at any time. Robotic character can be destroyed, even brought back seasons later. A big character can die and HBO brings in another big name actor for a season or two. That "not knowing" feeling is really exciting, or praying your fav character doesn't die, or pissed when they do die keeps fans wanting more and can't wait to see who is
Definitely been excited for this new series. I think HBO likes this type of story line bc it could be very similar GoT in which, any character can be killed off at any time. Robotic character can be destroyed, even brought back seasons later. A big character can die and HBO brings in another big name actor for a season or two. That "not knowing" feeling is really exciting, or praying your fav character doesn't die, or pissed when they do die keeps fans wanting more and can't wait to see who is next. A show centered on the west world universe instead of 1-3 main characters, keeps you guessing and on your toes. Shows like Dexter or Ray Donovan are great in their own ways, but fans know for certain that those 2 main characters will never be killed off. So the shows can never be as dramatic or suspenseful as GoT or west world (hopefully) could be.
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9:39AM on 09/09/2016

Much like the first season, they all filmed before the scripts were even finished!

So I have very low expectations from this show, but its still one of my most anticipated shows of the fall... What a conundrum.
So I have very low expectations from this show, but its still one of my most anticipated shows of the fall... What a conundrum.
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8:45PM on 09/08/2016
Very hyped for this, but wondering how it will work as a full length series, much more so as one lasting several seasons. I have always loved the concept though since I first watched the film and am very excited to see where the show takes that concept.
Very hyped for this, but wondering how it will work as a full length series, much more so as one lasting several seasons. I have always loved the concept though since I first watched the film and am very excited to see where the show takes that concept.
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8:16PM on 09/08/2016

Looks amazing

This show looks like it will be incredible. Glad they have a long term plan.
This show looks like it will be incredible. Glad they have a long term plan.
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6:45PM on 09/08/2016
I guess just hope that it's not another Vinyl situation.
I guess just hope that it's not another Vinyl situation.
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