Westworld is HBO's hottest new show, and I have to say, I'm loving it. The fantastic blend of western and sci-fi is seamless and with the stellar cast, it makes for an insanely gripping show. HBO have been known for making great television, with the likes of Veep, Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley, but I think Westworld could potentially be their best. I know we're early in to the show, but there's still some cool trivia about the sci-fi western epic. Let me know which piece of trivia is your favorite in the comments!
1. The Creator Also Created Jurassic World
The late Michael Crichton (above) was exceptional at creating great stories with immersive worlds — Jurassic Park and Westworld were two of his best. Both include theme parks, but that's where the similarities end. Michael created the futuristic Westworld back about 40 years ago, but the concept and story remain incisively relevant today.
2. The Piano Plays A Radiohead Song in The Second Episode
This little easter-egg might have been easy to miss, but if you're a fan of Radiohead, you'll notice their song 'No Surprises' on the piano. The lyrics to this '90s hit are quite fitting to the scene where Thandie Newton's character remembers her gruesome past — the poignant lyrics are as follows:
A heart that's full like a landfill
A job that slowly kills you
Bruises that wont heal
When questioned on why this song was chosen, show composer Ramin Djawadi said that simply, Jonathan Nolan is a fan! He went on to tell Vulture:
“When Jonathan says, ‘Do a Radiohead song,’ I say, ‘Great!"
3. The Budget For Season One Was a $100 Million!
As the network responsible for both Game of Thrones and Rome, HBO are notorious for their ridiculously high-budget productions. The $100 million budget is on par with another HBO show, Vinyl, which was cancelled after one season. You can see where this money is going, because the set and costume production is exceptional in Westworld, both inside and outside the park.
4. The TV Show is The Third Attempt at Reviving The Story
Westworld's plot is incredibly interesting and hugely relevant nowadays, so it's no surprise that this is not the first attempt at a Westworld remake. Three years after the original film debuted in 1973, a sequel called Futureworld, was released but it never garnered the same acclaim as the first film. Fast forward four years, and a TV show called Beyond Westworld was released. This show was criticized and only lasted 3 episodes. Hopefully HBO have nailed the intruiging story this time — so far, so good.
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5. It Costs $40,000 To Attend Westworld
One of the biggest questions on my mind since watching the show was: how much does it cost to attend this super-futuristic theme park? Well, the answer lies on the Westworld site, which states it costs a $40,000 to enter. This makes sense, because if it were any less expensive, everybody would be doing it.
6. Chris and Liam Hemsworth's Brother Is In The Show!
The Hemsworth brothers seem to be the hottest thing in Hollywood right now — and that's not just down to Liam and Chris. Did you know that the oldest of the 3, Luke Hemsworth, plays the head of security, Ashley Stubbs in Westworld? Look out for the family resemblance next time Stubbs pops up in the Westworld facility!
7. Theresa Cullen Was Originally Going To Be Played By Miranda Otto!
So far, Sidse Babett Knudsen (above right) is doing a fantastic job playing the stern and dominant Theresea Cullen — but did you know The Lord of The Rings star Miranda Otto was originally set to play the part? She was fantastic as Eowyn in Lord of The Rings, so it would have been cool to see her in another fantasy epic. Unfortunately, she had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts with the hit TV show, Homeland.
8. Ramin Djawadi Composed The Opening Theme!
He may not have a household name, but the German-Iranian is one of the most talented composers in Hollywood today. He's other credentials include Game of Thrones, Pacific Rim and the upcoming Matt Damon movie, The Great Wall.
It's weird to think that this show has so much trivia only a few episodes in; it will be cool to do an updated version of this article when the show has ended. I know for a fact we're going to be seeing this show around for quite some time, so be sure to share this article and fill all your friends in on the cool trivia! I'd also love to know which piece of trivia was your favorite — let me know in the comments!