Westworld showrunners Jonathan and Lisa Joy Nolan have plans for at least five seasons of the sci-fi drama on HBO.
Speaking to EW recently, both said that if the first season is a success then they have an endgame in place.
“It’s a really complex interlocking story,” the said. “We knew where we wanted to go and we knew exactly how the season ended where the kind of character arcs ended, but weaving those scripts and writing the dialogue for all these brilliant actors, it takes time.”
Lead actor, James Marsden, meanwhile, also told EW that the writers took the time to sort out a larger masterplan for the series’ overall arc.
“It wasn’t about getting the first 10 [episodes] done, it was about mapping out what the next 5 or 6 years are going to be,” he said. “We wanted everything in line so that when the very last episode airs and we have our show finale, five or seven years down the line, we knew how it was going to end the first season – that’s the way Jonah and [executive producer J.J. Abrams] operate. They’re making sure all the ducks are in the row. And it’s a testament to Jonah and Lisa and HBO that we got them right, especially the last three scripts. They could have rushed them and get spread too thin. They got them right, and when they were right, we went and shot them.”
Westworld premieres on HBO on October 2.