From the viral marketing of the program to our trips to a real city of Westworld, here is our coverage of the HBO program on the apocalypse of the slowest robot
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"These violent delights have violent ends," says Fray Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. He's talking about Romeo's abrupt marriage to Juliet, and how it's likely to come to an equally abrupt end, one way or another. But HBO's Westworld series has adopted that line as a kind of mantra, expressed by many characters and used to suggest something else altogether.
The show, created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and inspired by the Michael Crichton movie of 1973, opens with a future Western theme park composed mostly of hyperrealistic humanoid robots, which park guests can follow in heroic adventures or They can rape and murder with impunity. As the hosts begin to gain awareness and realize what is being done to them, the guests can pay for their violent delights. Or will they? The series has been designed as a puzzle box, and the focus keeps changing.
Here, we'll see everything from advances to the wild marketing tricks of the series, to the spoiler culture surrounding Westworld, as we unpack its narrative, and the increasingly elaborate meta-narrative that is built around it.