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Published on April 11th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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This could be one of the greatest (and most expensive) rickrolls ever. Thanks, Westworld!

With season two of Westworld set to start on HBO on April 22, fans are crawling over themselves with theories about where the story may go. If you remember last year’s finale, things do not look good for the humans running the park.

Co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa tried to cut off all the rampant speculation by being upfront with what’s going to happen during a Reddit AMA.

Many thanks for your great questions and thoughts. As I’ve [Jonathan speaking] said before, I’ve been a member of the reddit community for years (no I’m not going to share my original username…). And I greatly enjoyed watching the friendly folks at this subreddit guess the twists and turns of the season.

It creates a larger problem for us, though, in terms of the way your guesswork is reported online. ‘Theories’ can actually be spoilers, and the line between the two is confusing. It’s something we’ve been thinking about since last season. The fans of Game of Thrones, for instance, rallied around and protected the secrets of the narrative in part because they already knew those secrets (through season 5).

We thought about this long and hard, and came to a difficult (and potentially highly controversial) decision. If you guys agree, we’re going to post a video that lays out the plot (and twists and turns) of season 2. Everything. The whole sordid thing. Up front. That way the members of the community here who want the season spoiled for them can watch ahead, and then protect the rest of the community, and help to distinguish between what’s ‘theory’ and what’s spoiler.

It’s a new age, and a new world in terms of the relationship between the folks making shows and the community watching them. And trust is a big part of that. We’ve made our cast part of this decision, and they’re fully supportive. We’re so excited to be in this with you guys together. So if this post reaches a 1000 upvotes we’ll deliver the goods.

Reddit users went nuts, of course, and the post quickly got the required 1000 upvotes. And true to their word, Nolan and Joy released a 25-minute video (allegedly) laying everything out.

It begins with Bernard waking up on the shore of a body of water only to be interrogated by a new character named Karl Strand. And then…

This must have cost a ton of money. But hey, it got our attention, right?

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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