It’s practically impossible to avoid TV spoilers these days, and many viewers find themselves robbed of the legitimate surprises that writers and producers labour over.
This is especially true for HBO series with fervent fanbases, like “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld”. The producers of the latter, however, have come up with a novel approach to battling spoilers — they’re giving away all the plot twists for the upcoming season in advance.
On Monday, “Westworld” series creators/spouses Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy issued an announcement to fans on Reddit outlining their belief that spoilers need not necessarily spoil a series, using the example of “Game of Thrones”, as the events of the books were readily available for anyone who wanted to know what was going to happen in the early seasons of the series.
In order to help fans distinguish between fan theories and bona fide spoilers, the pair offered a unique solution.
“We thought about this long and hard, and came to a difficult (and potentially highly controversial) decision,” they wrote on Reddit. “If you guys agree, we’re going to post a video that lays out the plot (and twists and turns) of season 2. Everything. The whole sordid thing. Up front. 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.”
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. And trust is a big part of that. We’ve made our cast part of this decision, and they’re fully supportive. We’re so excited to be in this with you guys together. So if this post reaches a 1,000 upvotes we’ll deliver the goods.”
The second season of HBO’s “Westworld” premieres on Sunday, April 22.