Why Jonathan Nolan Teased Reddit With A Westworld Spoiler Video

We live in an age of instant gratification. If I want to watch something I can pretty much stream it on any device I want. More often than not with TV shows, we are also blessed with the opportunity to binge tens of episodes at a time, completely alleviating the need to wait for plotlines to resolves themselves over the course of a traditional TV season.

It was inevitable that, along with this, would come an age of entitled content consumers. No longer is experiencing these shows as important as knowing that shiny spoiler at the end of the tunnel. however, one network that thrives on the old-school water cooler conversations each week is HBO. Their latest sci-fi offering is Westworld from Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.

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At the beginning of last season, Nolan did an interesting tease where he said they’d be releasing a video full of spoilers for the whole season, and true to his word, there WAS a video that walked you through every spoiler for the season…except not. It started off innocent enough, with a voice leading us through every spoiler, but then quickly devolved into an elaborate Rick Roll. So why did they do that? Speaking at a filmmaker’s roundtable, Nolan came clean:

“One of the things that was galvanizing about the first season was that Reddit community. I’m not on social media, I don’t give a s**t about Twitter or Facebook. I think they’re broken systems. I know. Terrible. With Facebook and Twitter, you can’t vote people down. That sounds polite, but it actually means the conversation veers toward negativity. With Reddit, you can vote opinions up and down. It actually winds up being a more civilized conversation. It’s hard not to be charmed by a group of people who are putting as much time into thinking about your show as you did. So we felt like the best way to celebrate that was to f**k with them a little bit.”

I love this quote. Not only does it really show how much he understands Reddit (seriously, the conversations there always end up being much more civilized than I expect them to be), but it shows a hilarious amount of respect for fans that he’d want to poke and prod them like that.

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