Shogun World, Westworld

Westworld bucks script secrecy trend, and it seems to be working

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Jun 1, 2018

While Game of Thrones scripts are self-destructing like Mission: Impossible dossiers and Avengers are wandering around wondering what’s going on in their own movie, notoriously convoluted and twisty Westworld seems like it would try equally hard to preserve the sanctity of its scripts. But that’s not the case. It’s actually pretty easygoing and open, bucking an industry trend that would fear internet spoilers so deeply that cast and crew would be subject to bitter scrutiny.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Leonardo Nam, who plays the techno-morgue geek Felix in the show, opened up about the scripting process from the perspective of those that actually have to perform them. “This season, we got the scripts as they came out,” Nam said.

“Ironically, we met in Sweetwater, in the theater. There's a theater that's there, and we all kind of met there to reconnect. We went through the episodes and met the directors and also did a walkthrough through parts of Shogun World.” Everyone had access to all the scripts as the episodes were being written, it seems, allowing everyone to put their performance in context.

“We did have a moment to reconnect and ask questions,” Nam continued, “and I think we all learned from Season 1 how large the show is.” “When you're in production and galloping off, it really does feel like that. I really did appreciate that [Jonathan] and Lisa took the time to have this moment with us to ask questions and carve out our own personal stories that we needed.”

Not only did the actors get to understand their roles from the full view of the episode’s entire script, but the could pick the brains of the showrunners to delve deeper into the greater mysteries of the show. That kind of trust in a team has translated to a strong season of TV that’s been completely changing the game in a series that was already throwing out the rulebook.