There are few shows out there that have generated the almost-instant pop-culture impression that “Westworld” has in an incredibly short amount of time. There are almost enough theories online for this to be “Lost” all over again, it’s generating positive reviews and controversy, and perhaps most importantly for HBO, it’s giving them a buzzworthy show that is not “Game of Thrones.” With that series likely ending in the summer of 2018, this is a network that has to start looking more towards a future without it on the air.
So why hasn’t the network given it a green light just yet? As network programming head Casey Bloys explained to Variety recently, much of that is just taking a cautious approach and look at its ratings over time:
“I want to get a very complete picture of the ratings, which seem to be doing very well, so we’re happy with that. [The executive producers are] going to talk to us about what they envision a second season being. But right now I would say it’s looking really good. We’re very pleased with how it’s doing.”
Bloys also teased that by the end of the first season, there will be more answers that are brought out there, at least to the point most viewers will be satisfied. Here’s what we’re worried about at present: There is almost too much being built up in between the maze, the characters, and some of the locations being visited across the map here. The show’s slowly starting to put itself in a delicate position where it could easily be biting off way more than it can possibly chew, and in the long-term, you don’t want an ending that has to rush things along or give answers that come across as inconclusive in any way.
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