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Westworld showrunners talk season 2 ambitions, Anthony Hopkins, and why you shouldn't log onto Reddit

Looking forward to Westworld season 2? So are showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, by the sound of it. Speaking to Variety, Nolan and Joy addressed three key points of the upcoming season: scope, secrecy, and Anthony Hopkins.

"We always knew that we wanted the stakes and the scope to increase dramatically and that means the scale of production increases as well," Nolan said. "We have an amazingly talented group of writers, directors, and crew coming back and gearing up for what I think and what I hope will prove to be a season twice as ambitious as the first one."

Considering the twists and turns and conspiracy theories the first season of Westworld inspired, I think that's a pretty tall order. However, the return of a certain actor should prove to be valuable ammunition to fan forums. "I think there will be an opportunity to explore a little bit more of the backstory of how this park came to be, a little more of that story. We’ll see [Anthony Hopkins'] character’s presence will be felt in that sense in terms of filling in a few more of the gaps about the early history of this place."

Still, Nolan and Joy hope fans will continue to develop a wide variety of theories and not just go with the most popular explanations that pop up online. "Hopefully now, because of the first season, the people who want to have this purist interpretation of the series, they’ll just develop their own theories in a vacuum," Joy said. "And maybe don’t log onto Reddit."

Talking about anything related to Westworld is treading dangerously close to spoiler territory, but if that's a risk you're willing to take, you can read about a new and improved Dolores and a few theories on where the show is going next.

Sam Prell
Sam has a soft spot for MOBAs, MMOs, and emo music. Forever a farm boy, forever a '90s kid.