HBO’s brand-new original series “Westworld” is off to a great start with the premiere garnering a massive 3.3 million viewers. Moving forward, the narrative is expected to reveal higher stakes between humans and the so-called artificial intelligence, hosts.
According to Variety, the season-opener helmed by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy was the most-watched premiere for the cable channel in three years. It is said to follow the success of “True Detective” in 2013 which managed to have the same number of viewers and even exceeded the debut of the highly popular show “Game of Thrones” with 2.2 million.
The series is based on the 1973 science fiction/western film by Michael Crichton about a theme park populated by human-like robots. Reviews suggest that the storyline may revolve around the mechanical characters breaking out of their pre-programmed traits and personalities. Although they may be far from being fully human, they seem to showcase a sense of self-awareness deemed to be triggered by a glitch in the system dubbed as the reverie code.
The upcoming episode 2 titled “Chestnut” will see head programmer Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) and Quality Assurance head Theresa Cullen (Sidse Babette Knudsen) debating whether a recent host anomaly is actually contagious.
Meanwhile, behavior engineer Elsie Hughes (Shannon Woodward) changes the emotions of Maeve (Thandie Newton), a madam in Sweetwater’s brothel in order to avoid a recall. On the other hand, programmer Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) pitches his latest idea to the team but Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) has other plans.
Elsewhere, a pair of guests, first-timer William (Jimmi Simpson) and repeat visitor Logan (Ben Barnes), arrive at the Westworld park with different expectations and agendas. The Man in Black (Ed Harris) conscripts a condemned man, Lawrence (Clifton Collins, Jr.) as he attempts to uncover the place’s deepest secrets.
Episode 2 of “Westworld” is slated to air on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. ET.