Westworld writers pulled an epic Reddit prank

Westworld RickrollWestworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan posted a very shocking message on Reddit about the upcoming season of the sci-fi drama.

Given how most of the audience of the show successfully guessed some of its biggest twists in the previous seasons, and most of this happened in discussions on Reddit, Nolan posted that he would reveal all the major spoilers for the second season and just be done with it as early as now.

Here is the original message from Nolan and co-creator Lisa Joy:

“Many thanks for your great questions and thoughts. As I’ve said before, I’ve been a member of the reddit community for years (no I’m not going to share my original username…). And I greatly enjoyed watching the friendly folks at this subreddit guess the twists and turns of the season.

It creates a larger problem for us, though, in terms of the way your guesswork is reported online. ‘Theories’ can actually be spoilers, and the line between the two is confusing. It’s something we’ve been thinking about since last season. The fans of Game of Thrones, for instance, rallied around and protected the secrets of the narrative in part because they already knew those secrets (through season 5).

We thought about this long and hard, and came to a difficult (and potentially highly controversial) decision. If you guys agree, we’re going to post a video that lays out the plot (and twists and turns) of season 2. Everything. The whole sordid thing. Up front. That way the members of the community here who want the season spoiled for them can watch ahead, and then protect the rest of the community, and help to distinguish between what’s ‘theory’ and what’s spoiler.

It’s a new age, and a new world in terms of the relationship between the folks making shows and the community watching them. And trust is a big part of that. We’ve made our cast part of this decision, and they’re fully supportive. We’re so excited to be in this with you guys together. So if this post reaches a 1000 upvotes we’ll deliver the goods.”

So, did they really do it? Did they really spoil the major threads of the season?

The video begins with seemingly genuine footage of Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) waking up on a beach and then questioning whether everything was real. And then…

Spoiler Alert:

We got Rick rolled.

Evan Rachel Wood sings a lovely version of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” while accompanied by co-star Angela Sarafyan on piano. The rest of the 20 minutes is just the Westworld theme song played on repeat over footage of a random dog sitting by a piano.

Well-played, Nolan, well-played.

Westworld season two will premiere on April 22 on HBO.

Check out the full video below:

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