If you though the extra long wait for Game of Thrones’s next season is rough, then, well, we’ve got some bad news about HBO’s Westworld, which just finished its first season on Sunday night. After lots of speculation that it was going to be a while until Season 2, the sci-fi drama’s Executive Producer Jonathan Nolan confirmed that series wouldn’t return until 2018.
“Definitely not coming back until 2018,” Nolan told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday. “Look, we said to the network very early that this was a different kind of show, having gone through the experience of making the pilot.”
Nolan compared making Westworld, which is only very, very loosely based on a 1973 movie, to Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones is incredibly ambitious, and that was part of the reason we knew we wanted to make this show with HBO. Game of Thrones kind of has written the book on production value for television, and how to make something that has all the scope and scale of cinema for a TV show. They also have an advantage of having [George R.R. Martin’s] amazing books, or had it for the first six seasons, which gives you a leg up. I still don’t know how they turn those seasons around in a year. It’s astonishing. But we knew for ourselves that going forward, the production is enormously challenging and ambitious, and so is the writing. So we said very early on that we wouldn’t be able to turn this around every year, and knowing full well that that’s been a time-honored tradition in television. But in film, my other life, on the Batman movies, the best we could do is turn another one around in three years. I really feel like we’re splitting the difference here.
This means it’s going to be more than a year before we get to explore Samurai World, which is a real bummer.