Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy assure 90-minute finale will pay off

By James Hibberd
November 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST
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Next week’s season finale of HBO’s Westworld isn’t going to leave us hanging — at least, not about most of the show’s biggest mysteries. 

Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy assure EW that the final two episodes (including Sunday’s hour and next week’s first season closer) will pay off for fans who have been trying to unravel their tightly plotted storylines.

“We weren’t interested in spinning out mysteries with no answers in sight,” Nolan said. “Our goal is to tell an ambitious story in season-long chapters, each with a distinct feel and theme.”

Added Joy: “Most of the questions viewers have will be resolved in the final episodes, except for the most important one: What happens next.”

The Westworld finale is a super-sized 90 minutes long and is directed by Nolan himself (who also helmed the show’s pilot).

Westworld season 2 isn’t expected until 2018. Previously, HBO’s entertainment president Casey Bloys told us regarding the showrunners’ pitch for the next round of episodes: “I didn’t know exactly what to expect in season 2. And what [Nolan and Joy] came up with is as exciting, mysterious and as fun as season 1. And completely original, as well.”

Here’s our recap for Sunday night’s ninth hour, which answered at least one huge question about the park’s co-creator Arnold. 

Below is HBO’s preview for next week’s finale, which hints that the park’s violent mayhem is moving backstage: 

HBO's ambitious science-fiction thriller Westworld is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton film of the same name. The series developed by Jonathan Nolan stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, and more top names.
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