“Westworld” Producers Confirm 2018 Return

Series executive producer Jonathan Nolan has fully confirmed that the second season of HBO’s “Westworld” will not be completed and airing until sometime in 2018. In fact don’t expect the hiatus between seasons to be any shorter than about a year and a half.

Talking with The Hollywood Reporter about the finale that aired on Sunday, he explained why it takes so long between seasons:

“Definitely not coming back until 2018. Look, we said to the network very early that this was a different kind of show, having gone through the experience of making the pilot.

Game of Thrones is incredibly ambitious, and that was part of the reason we knew we wanted to make this show with HBO. Game of Thrones kind of has written the book on production value for television, and how to make something that has all the scope and scale of cinema for a TV show. They also have an advantage of having [George R.R. Martin’s] amazing books, or had it for the first six seasons, which gives you a leg up.

I still don’t know how they turn those seasons around in a year. It’s astonishing. But we knew for ourselves that going forward, the production is enormously challenging and ambitious, and so is the writing. So we said very early on that we wouldn’t be able to turn this around every year, and knowing full well that that’s been a time-honored tradition in television. But in film, my other life, on the Batman movies, the best we could do is turn another one around in three years. I really feel like we’re splitting the difference here.

In a separate interview with Variety, producer Lisa Joy was asked about the second season’s status. She says they’ve “started working on scripts and outlines” and “it’s looking good, it’s looking very ambitious.”

Some fans have been digging around the show’s Delos Inc. tie-in website and discovered that the ‘present day’ timeline we see in the series – the one with Maeve’s escape attempt and Ford’s new narrative premiere, takes place in the year 2052.