"That way the members of the community here who want the season spoiled for them can watch ahead," creators say -- and we're not sure if they're serious.
Updated 4/10/18 at 6:30 a.m.:
"Westworld" creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy followed through on their promise to release a long video about Season 2 after a Reddit AMA comment they posted yesterday got over 1,000 upvotes.
It's just not the video they had originally promised. As many fans had suspected, their vow to release a comprehensive video "that lays out the plot (and twists and turns) of Season 2" was very much a joke.
"FULL SPOILERS for 'Westworld' second season. Proceed with caution," the description on YouTube reads. The video starts out somewhat convincingly with Geoffrey Wright's character, Bernard, trying to remember the events of last season before boarding the Westworld train, only to arrive back in town to see Evan Rachel Wood Rickrolling the world.
"Dear Reddit, from all of us here at 'Westworld,' thank you for watching. We hope you enjoy Season 2," a message reads before cutting to the rest of the video, which you'll just have to watch yourself to find out how the producers continued to troll their fans.
In an effort to avoid "Westworld" spoilers ruining Season 2 for fans, creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are willing to spoil the entire thing.
Yes, you read that correctly.
The executive producers behind HBO's latest fantasy hit made the unusual announcement Monday during a Reddit AMA while addressing rampant fan theories, which predicted every major twist and turn that unfolded during the first season. To combat this nusance, they're seriously considering (unless this is a late April Fool's joke) releasing a video detailing Season 2 up front for fans interested in watching it. They hope those fans who do will actively work to protect the secrets of the show.
"'Theories' can actually be spoilers, and the line between the two is confusing," reads the Reddit statement. "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," Nolan continued. "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," the statement concluded. "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."
Reaction to the proposal has been mixed. At the time of publishing this article, there were 628 upvotes. And since some people think the entire statement is a joke, we imagine people are upvoting just to see if the "Westworld" producers follow through.
"I think they're f-cking with us," one Reddit user wrote. "Their explanation doesn't even make sense. 'You're good at figuring things out, so your theories might be spoilers. So we're telling you the spoilers so you know if your theories are them!'"
"I’m torn on this one," another user said. "I think the intent with a move like this should be to push a re-focus from plot points and surprises, to storytelling as a craft, and appreciation of various elements in how they come together to tell a story. I’m a big spoiler fan myself for that reason."
'Westworld' returns to HBO on April 22.