AceShowbiz - The creators of "Westworld" have their own way to fight the online spoiler culture. While "Game of Thrones" reportedly prepares several versions of ending of its eighth and final season to avoid spoiler, the dystopian series is planning to give away all the big secrets from the show's upcoming sophomore season ahead of new season debut.
Creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy announced the eyebrow-raising plan on Monday, April 9 during a Reddit AMA. While they admitted that it was "potentially highly controversial decision," they revealed that the cast was all down for the plan.
"If you guys agree, we're going to post a video that lays out the plot (and twist and turns) of season 2. Everything. The whole sordid thing. Up front," they wrote. "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."
The first season of "Westworld" was full of mystery and used tricky storytelling devices, though fans were able to guess all the twists before they were all revealed. Given the massive press coverage, theories and spoilers were all over the internet. The executive producers said in the statement that they were, in fact, inspired by fellow HBO drama, "Game of Thrones". " 'Theories' can actually be spoilers, and the line between the two is confusing. It's something we've been thinking about since last season. 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)," they said.
They added, "It's a new age, and a new world in terms of the relationship between the folks making shows and the community watching them. It's certainly the first time a television series -- particularly one produced by mystery box master J.J. Abrams -- has opted to spoil itself, and it's a testament to how vital online discourse is to a show like 'Westworld'."
They haven't carried out the plan as they leave the final decision up to a fan vote. If a thousand people upvote the Reddit post, they will go with the plan and release the video. As of Monday evening at 8:50 P.M., the post has gained a thousand upvotes.
Meanwhile, HBO seems to leave the decision entirely on the show's creators. When asked for a comment, the network said in a statement, "This is an initiative from the 'Westworld' showrunners. We suggest you stay tuned to Reddit for their next move."
"Westworld" returns for season 2 on Sunday, April 22 on HBO.