It takes a lot to dethrone the mighty Game of Thrones as the audience’s favourite TV show. Well, Westworld is proving to be a worthy contender with its eye-catching cinematography, dazzling performances, and smart storylines that tackle humanity, existentialism, and what it truly means to be alive.
While season one rocked us with shocking reveals and mind-blowing secrets of what was happening in the park (both past and present), season two ups the ante and proves to be one of the most intelligent and compelling series around.
Bringing back an all-star cast featuring the likes of Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, James Marsden, and Jeffrey Wright, Westworld season two delves deeper into Ford’s (Anthony Hopkins) peculiar motivations and other hidden parts of the park. The hosts are fully sentient and have started their own revolution, as Dolores (Wood) and Maeve (Newton) embark on their own paths of vengeance. The question is, have the hosts become more human than the actual humans?
That’s the true strength of the show, as it leaves you with multiple things to ponder. Long after you’ve watched an episode, you’ll question who truly holds the superior moral high ground. It forces you to think and challenge your own belief system, as you relate to both the human and host dilemmas.
Speaking to Indiewire, Wright, who portrays Bernard, gave a deep explanation of what Westworld means to society and its overarching theme. “[The show is] an exploration relative to this technology of ownership and control, and abuse of these tools and this power. I think that theme is one that speaks to abuse of power and ownership and control of these technologies that have infiltrated our world outside of our show.”
It isn’t just a smash hit for its loyal fanbase, though. Scoring 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, the show continues to blow away the harshest of critics and dominate the awards ceremonies. In her four-star review, The Guardian‘s Rebecca Nicholson praised the season’s direction. “Like its hosts, Westworld is developing self-awareness, and even a sense of humour. It suits it,” she said.
Created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the film by Michael Crichton, Westworld is an Emmy-winning sci-fi western that turns artificial intelligence on its head. If you enjoy the action and subject matter of Terminator and the drama and performances of Game of Thrones, this is simply an unmissable show.
Both seasons of Westworld are now available, exclusively on Showmax.