'Westworld' Season 2 Spoiler Video Is an Epic, Devious Troll
The creators of Westworld made good on their promise from Monday’s Reddit AMA to spoil all of Season 2 for redditors, but the video they released today, as it turns out, is just a totally epic troll.
The Reddit AMA from Westworld co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy on Monday seemed serious enough when it began. But, then they finished the AMA with a sarcastic send-off about “fan theories” and “spoilers,” saying that they had plans to spoil all of Season 2 upfront.
Turned out, it was a trap all along that became the best Rick-roll in recent memory.
The 25-minute video starts like a genuine Season 2 recap would. Jeffrey Wright narrates as Bernard wakes up on the beach with no memory (a scene teased in previous trailers).
But within 2 minutes, we see Clementine (Angela Sarafyan) playing piano and Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) singing behind her. They perform a rendition of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” the catchy song perhaps most famous for the meme prank that is rick-rolling, for an entire minute. This show has long had a glorious relationship with delicate, old-timey piano covers, so it’s only fitting that they’d deliver this Rick-roll in such a way.
Here’s the section featuring their performance:
After their tune is done, we inexplicably get 22 minutes of a cute little dog sitting at the piano with his back to the camera. At the very end, it reads “For Bento 2009-2018” which unfortunately probably means this cute dog recently died.
Jonathan Nolan himself posted this video sometime around midnight Monday night.
So why the heck did this happen?
Fans on the Westworld subreddit are ravenous for details and spoilers, constantly deconstructing viral clues and coming up with increasingly more insane theories about the show’s convoluted plots. They’re pretty zealous, which made them an easy target.
Maybe now they’ll calm down a little bit when it comes to spoilers.
Westworld Season 2 will premiere April 22 on HBO.