(Mild spoilers for the “Westworld” season 2 finale below.)
If you’re a fan of mindscrew TV shows that failed to stick the landing, you might be worried “Westworld” is being made up as it goes along. But that’s not the case, says Lisa Joy.
In fact, the HBO show’s co-creator says it would have been “irresponsible” not to have the ending mapped-out in advance.
“We have an ending in mind; we’ve had it from the pilot. It’s very emotional, I think,” Joy told Stuff.com New Zealand. “I can’t tell you exactly when that ending will come… but I think for every season what we try to do is tell a chapter of the story that gives you closure and then opens a door to a new chapter. The overarching question of the series is, what will become of this new lifeform? So I feel it would be irresponsible to not have an end goal in mind.”
So at minimum, there’s probably not a “it was purgatory all along” ending in store when the show freezes motor functions for the last time.
If you’re dying to know what’s next after the insane Season 2 finale, you’re in luck. In a June interview, Joy told TheWrap a little about what to expect when the show (eventually) returns for its third season.
“It was always the plan to explore the real world and we have Dolores there, Bernard’s there and a creature that is certainly inhabiting Hale’s body is there,” said Joy. “So we’ll come to know more of who ‘Hale’ is. There are three Hosts out in the world and next season will really be an exploration of what they find and who they become.”
Joy also talked at length about the show’s wild, far-future post-credits scene, which you can read about here.