'Westworld' drops season 2 'spoiler video' — watch

Co-producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have a little fun at the expense of Reddit members, and other would-be show spoilers, with an awesomely elaborate 25-minute video with central characters playing along.

Kahron Spearman

The co-creators of HBO hit show Westworld, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, provided a spoiler video of the entire second season, in order to, uh, stop spoilers.  


When announced on a Reddit page, people predictably ran with it on social media. 


In the post, Nolan noted they'd read the fan theories about Westworld's first season, saying it created 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," he said in the short note. "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)."

Once the video a well-conceived and detailed set-up using Jeffrey Wright to build up the tension dropped for consumption, fans and spoiling writers with Macbooks ready for hasty think pieces quickly realized they'd been hoodwinked.


Or rather, elaborately rickrolled, complete with Evan Rachel Wood singing Rick Astley's hit track right into the camera.

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.