“Westworld” Finale Answers All But One Question

The trouble with any serialised series where mystery is a key component is one of questions and answers – the former draws people in and gets them talking, but if you don’t offer some of the latter they’ll start turning away.

J.J. Abrams, who serves as one of the executive producers on this, is famed for his shows from “Alias” to “Lost” offering compelling questions but frustratingly few answers. There is concern that HBO’s “Westworld” might go the same route, but so far they’ve been pretty good with the reveals in the back half of the season.

With the supersized 90-minute finale airing next week, creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy tell EW they always set out to answer the major questions within this first season. Nolan says:

“We weren’t interested in spinning out mysteries with no answers in sight. Our goal is to tell an ambitious story in season-long chapters, each with a distinct feel and theme.”

Joy then added:

“Most of the questions viewers have will be resolved in the final episodes, except for the most important one: What happens next.”

What happens next we probably won’t know until the series goes into production next year with a premiere not yet set and looking likely to be pushed to early 2018 due to the scale of the production.