Though they’re considered two of the greatest genre serialised series of the last few decades, both “The X-Files” and “Lost” were also the poster children for one of the biggest issues with some heavily serialised drama – showrunners going into the series without any ending in mind.
With so much in the way of distractions and quality drama these days, the notion of stringing along an audience by only answering questions with new questions is antiquated. People are more ready than ever to jump off the metaphorical boat if they think it’s wandering aimlessly at sea.
The recent second season of HBO’s “Westworld” has apparently led to a few fans voicing concerns that the sci-fi/western series has the same problem, but co-creator Lisa Joy says there’s a concrete plan in place for the eventual ending and listless fans should stick with it. She tells Stuff.co.nz:
“We have an ending in mind; we’ve had it from the pilot. It’s very emotional, I think. I can’t tell you exactly when that ending will come…but I think for every season what we try to do is tell a chapter of the story that gives you closure and then opens a door to a new chapter…The overarching question of the series is, what will become of this new lifeform? So I feel it would be irresponsible to not have an end goal in mind.”
Previously those involved have suggested a six-season plan for the series, whether the show will get to that is not clear. Right now though Joy and co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan are planning the show’s third season and she says to expect something very different:
“It’s going to be a whole new world…This series is about reinvention and scope. The first season was a more intimate look at the park from within the loops. In the second season, the hosts broke out of their loops and were able to explore more of the park. In the third season, they’ve broken out of the park itself. We’re in a new terra incognita. From the beginning, when Jonah and I were thinking about the series as far back as the pilot, we knew we wanted to explore other worlds in the park, and we also knew the one world we would start to see little glimpses of throughout the first two seasons was the real world, and that we would get there eventually – and when we did, it would be a whole new experience.”
“Westworld” wrapped its second season the other week. The show isn’t expected to air its third season until either late 2019 or early 2020.