Ahead of Westworld‘s Season 2 premiere, the producers of the HBO sci-fi drama are trolling viewers with own take on a spoiler reveal.
Premiering in 2016, Westworld was a big hit for the cable network, as a modern interpretation of Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name. The show has more twists and turns than the average episode of Lost, but showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy were left disappointed that many of its biggest secrets were worked out ahead of time on Reddit.
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Nolan and Joy promised they had come up with an original way to combat spoilers in Season 2, and now they have unveiled how they will combat the Reddit theorists. Nolan said that if a post on the site received more than 1,000 upvotes, he would reveal a spoiler-filled video that lays out the entire plot of the next 10 episodes. Speaking about why he did what he did, Nolan released the following statement on Reddit:
“All right guys. We left this in your hands. Some may feel this is a drastic step, but I, for one, love and trust this community.”
The theories have started swirling since Season 1 wrapped its bullet-laden finale and tease of Shogun World, but now fans can check out what will happen in Season 2:
Anyone watching will have now realized it’s elaborate Rickroll, with actress Angela Sarafyan (who plays Clementine on Westworld) singing Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Nolan promised he would battle spoilers in Season 2, and he hasn’t failed to deliver. The video serves as Nolan’s own (playful) middle finger to those who ruined Season 1’s biggest storylines.
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Part of the fun of shows like Westworld is connecting all the plot threads to a dramatic finale, so it would have been a bold move to actually spoil everything in advance. HBO was rocked last year by leaks that revealed a significant amount of Game of Thrones Season 7. However, with the fantasy drama earning highter ratings than ever before, it may suggest spoilers aren’t as bad for a show as producers and executives might think.
While it might have been crazy to spoil all of Season 2 ahead of time, it is just the kind of marketing stunt audiences would expect from Westworld, and clearly, they fell for it.
Debuting Sunday, April 22, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO, Westworld Season 2 stars Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Rodrigo Santoro, James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth, Jimmi Simpson and Ed Harris.