The Latest “Westworld” Reveal Shows It’s No “Game of Thrones” (The New Yorker)
A very well written and good read comparing Westworld to Game of Thrones. Below is a small excerpt, but do read the full article too!
The most pronounced difference is that “Game of Thrones” pushes forward and outward with its storytelling, while “Westworld” spirals in on itself. With a vast cast of characters sprawling to the four corners of an enormous world, “Game of Thrones” has taken so much time in unspooling its secrets that the show may no longer need them. By the time Jon Snow’s parentage is revealed, at the end of the most recent season, everyone to whom it would have mattered is already dead. “Winter is Coming,” fans were promised in Season 1, Episode 1, but for six seasons it failed to arrive.
This is a pretty good writeup of the references mentioned so far in the first two episodes. If you were wondering where a lot of those quotes that seemed vaguely familiar came from, then this should answer a lot of those questions. It covers Shakespeare, art, music, etc.
Surprised there is no mention of Shelley's Frankenstein for obvious reasons. In reference to Romeo and Juliet - so happens that William's real love is named Juliet. Nolan's Intersteller was all about parellel universes which we might have going on here.
Great review of the show on Vogue.com. Three key takeaways from this review:
Westworld has similarities to the Game of Thrones TV series in its treatment of female characters:
Simultaneously lauded for its nuanced roles, like fan favorite Brienne of Tarth and the polarizing Queen Cersei, and criticized for its reliance on nudity and rape as a plot device, Game of Thrones features female protagonists who provide the show its greatest moments and most of its most regrettable. Westworld follows suit by presenting compelling women and then subjecting them to scenarios that rob them of their dignity.
Ironically, the hosts (the oppressed and manipulated in the universe of the show), are driving the storyline of the show, which subverts the human-vs-robot trope.
This is an interview with the Westworld team about the role of AI in the show. There are quite a bit of interesting clips hidden in here that offer glimpses of the future episodes. Here's a couple of the good quotes mentioned:
You have this image of them rising up and taking over the world, and its still a possibility but what if they would actually in fact be better than us, maybe even more powerful, but they will only be mimicking what they know. If all these robots are seeing is the worst side of human nature, it'd be hard to expect anything less from them. - Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores)
If you teach a person to hate, they're gonna hate. It really makes me realize that so much of what humanity does is taught, and if we can learn to hate, we can unlearn to hate. - Thandie Newton (Maeve)
Highlighting some of the important spoilers from the...