HBO’s newest series, Westworld, premieres tonight at 9pm. It’s been in development seemingly forever and cost a ton to make. That sounds a lot like HBO’s current juggernaut Game of Thrones. Can Westworld come even close to the kind of success HBO has seen from Game of Thrones? They might need it to.
Game of Thrones is just crushing it right now. After wrapping up what many considered to be their best season, the show won 12 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series, a few weeks ago. The bad news for HBO is that the series is soon coming to a close. HBO has confirmed that the show will wrap after its eight season. That’s after announcing ealrier that season 7 would be delayed to the summer and will only consist of 7 episodes. The reality is that HBO is facing a future where there will be less than twenty Sundays with new episodes of Game of Thrones.
Despite having some solid shows on the schedule, HBO doesn’t have anything that could replace their flagship show. But we’re optimtistic that Westworld could be that show. When we saw the first trailer for Westworld, we were instantly hooked. I mean think about it, it’s on HBO and it has Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris in it. Can it be bad? No, the answer is it can’t. And at the moment, Westworld: Season 1 is sitting pretty at an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes.
There are some other reasons to be excited for the new show. Westworld was created and is being produced by Jonathan Nolan, who just finished up his previous TV series, the fantastic Person of Interest. Nolan also happens to be the brother of the acclaimed writer/director Christopher Nolan. And if you didn’t know, Jonathan is a frequent collaborator of his more famous brother, with writing credits for four of his brother’s movies including The Dark Knight and Interstellar.
There’s also the fact that HBO seems incredibly confident in the show. The pilot is rumored to have cost $25 million and the whole season is estimated to have cost over $100 million. Despite the massive cost, HBO still wants to see the show succeed. They must think it’s going to be great and they’re not dumb.
HBO might have a real hit on their hands, as long as people know it’s going to be on. So, do what you have to do to free up your evening. Even though Vice Principals and Ballers have ended, Westworld is just beginning and we are stoked on it!