There's No Orientation and No Guidebook in the Latest Trailer for HBO's Westworld

Image capture: HBO
Image capture: HBO

HBO has released a new trailer for its beleaguered show Westworld, giving us our best look yet at the science fiction drama, along with a rough idea of when it will be released: October.

What we see has us really excited because we get a good look at the futuristic western theme park, where “you can be whoever you want.” There are hookers, cowboys and gunfights to indulge every patron’s desires. It looks like a fun trip, until there’s some sort of glitch that throws everything into disarray. “These violent delights have violent ends,” one character ominously notes.


The show, written by Person of Interest’s Jonathan Nolan, is based off the 1973 Michael Crichton film of the same name, and it looks like it’s going to be exploring some really interesting territory when it comes to robotics and artificial intelligence.

Westworld will premiere on HBO in October.

Andrew Liptak is the former Weekend editor of io9/Gizmodo. He is the co-editor of War Stories: New Military Science Fiction and hails from Vermont.

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Brian Burns

It seems like a sort of cultural throwback to make the park Old West themed. I mean, I get it that they want to use the title “Westworld” for the name recognition. But when the novel was published and the film made, Westerns were still a pretty popular film genre, and the film (and in universe, the park itself) would have appealed to the nostalgia of an adult audience that grew up on Westerns, which were super popular in the 1950s and 1960s. Today, the Western is not a very popular genre. Looking at trends in modern popular films and videogames (the park is basically a living videogame) the theme should be some sort of scifi superhero adventure. The zones that replace Medievalworld and Greek world could be modern urban commando/ glorification of war simulator and fantasy RPG world.