Westworld Isn’t for “Casual Viewers”, HBO Boss Says

Apparently there has been a large “backlash” from viewers of HBO’s Westworld due to the twists and turns in season 2’s finale. Specifically, a complaint that several watchers of the series were unable to follow the various threads and plot lines that snaked through the end of season 2 like the maze.

HBO President Casey Bloys was asked a question at today’s HBO presentation during the TCA summer press tour about the “widespread” backlash (which this reviewer had no idea about?):

“I wouldn’t agree that the backlash was widespread. The people who love it (the series) really love it, even the people who dislike it feel the need to discuss it and talk about it, and let you know they dislike it, and debate. And for a show to arouse that kind of feeling, that’s what we want.

Most of the reviews felt that the story had been clarified. It’s not for casual viewers (the show), it requires your attention. Jonah and Lisa like to challenge their viewers and many feel rewarded by that. It’s a unique show and that’s what we’re looking for.”

An attendee reportedly questioned the show’s indulgence of gun violence, to which Bloys responded that “Westworld is an old west setting. Our shows have a level of violence and nudity and air at 9 p.m. It was never an overriding concern.”

Westworld will be back for a third season, but no release date has been revealed as of yet. We’re thinking possibly late 2019, early 2020 to pick up the cable network flow after the series finale of Game of Thrones.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.



Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 



Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 



Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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