Michael Crichton’s famed 1973 film “Westworld” is set around the Old West section of the DELOS theme park. Soon the robots start going haywire and killing people and things fall apart from there, but during proceedings we see adjacent parts of the park including Roman World and Medieval World. A sequel film shifted the action to Future World.
This has begged the obvious question – could the other theme parks also appear in HBO’s new series reinvention of the property? The park in the series is entirely WestWorld from the looks of it and so far in the four episodes screened to media there has been no mention of other worlds at this point. HBO’s tie-in websites list the park as a ‘DELOS Destinations compound’ which would suggest there are other compounds.
Showrunner Jonathan Nolan was recently asked if we can assume that there are other worlds in this theme park to which he said: “I would assume nothing. We’ve got an awful lot of material to cover just with Westworld, but you want to stay tuned.”
A more concrete answer though comes today from production designer Zack Grobler who tells Inverse: “For the first season, we only explore the West World. There’s talk about in the future seasons, if there’s more, that there will be a different world. But we’re not sure what it will be yet.”
The showrunners have already indicated they have 5-6 seasons of the series mapped out and plan to shake things up on a regular basis which would suggest subsequent seasons won’t just be a repeat of the first with ‘here’s the new recruits for this year’ style scenario.
Other theories that fans have floated include the park being on another planet, or Earth itself effectively becoming one giant Westworld by the end of the series with robots and people indistinguishable and living together in a functioning society.
The second episode of the series is now available on HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO On Demand.