Westworld doesn’t seem to care one way or the other if its audience knows exactly what’s going on, which can lead to viewers assuming that perhaps its creators don’t really know what’s going on either and are simply making it up as they go along, trying to find maximum shock value.
But in a recent interview, co-creator Lisa Joy reassures fans of the android western that they’re in good hands — or at least hands that know where they’re going. The finale of the twisty Season 2 left fans with plenty of answers and a few frustrating, mind-bending questions, but, speaking with Stuff, Joy explained that they’ve got an ending in mind.
When executive producer J.J. Abrams meets a philosophical meditation on consciousness and the proliferation of monetized metadata, the results were bound to be a little muddy — even if the acting and production value were widely acclaimed. But not to worry, according to Joy.
"We have an ending in mind; we've had it from the pilot. It's very emotional, I think. I can't tell you exactly when that ending will come,” Joy said, pushing the show’s end potentially past the finale of its upcoming third season, “but I think for every season what we try to do is tell a chapter of the story that gives you closure and then opens a door to a new chapter," says Joy. "The overarching question of the series is, what will become of this new lifeform? So I feel it would be irresponsible to not have an end goal in mind."
That end goal will deal with how AI is developing in this world, where it mimics that of our own (selling or adapting consumer data, for example), but to an extreme end. Where its Black Mirror-esque conclusion will take fans (and when), however, is still up in the air. But at least we know that they know what’s going on (or at least, where it’s going).