Westworld Crossover with Game of Thrones:
One of the finest and well-thought-out science fiction shows in Television history, Westworld has managed to garner fans at a steady albeit slow pace. With its newest season, Westworld is set to carve new territory and make a mark that will help it count amongst the small screen greats of the 21st Century. But they might have suffered a setback of sorts. Because what Westworld did right now is nothing short of a colossal blunder which the fans will find hard to forget. They had a very stupendously hilarious (and not the good kind of hilarious) crossover with another popular franchise – Game of Thrones. The fans, well, they didn’t like it one bit.
It was not a freak accident of a scene in the second episode of Season 3 of Westworld. It was actually Drogon, the good boy of Daenerys Targaryen we saw in Westworld. And it wasn’t technicians that were working on the animatronic winger fire breathing monster. The duo that was seen working on it was D.B Weiss and David Benioff, the two creators of the Game of Thrones universe in HBO. And they were planning to cut Drogon into tiny little pieces with their cutting tools.
Under normal circumstances, it would have made for a funny scene. But it turned out to be a horrible Easter Egg that would be hard to swallow and/or un-remember. As Drogon, D.B Weiss and David Benioff made their way into the Westworld universe, every viewer, no matter if she or she is a fan of the Westworld franchise or the Game of Thrones franchise or a fan of both, were cosmic level pissed. The anger would be enough to rampage through not just one but three different franchises altogether.
Yes, it is that serious!!
For those of you who do not know what kind of TV Series Westworld is (and obviously living under a rock), we are here to help you. Westworld is an American Science Fiction show created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy under the HBO Banner. The series takes us to the year 2058 where robotics and technology have advanced so much that there are life-like robots that can mimic humans to the umpteenth degree. Delos Incorporated operates a host of theme parks, one of which is Westworld – a Wild West-themed park populated by android slaves called “Hosts”, whose job is to fulfill the violent and sexual desires of the human guests who enter the park as customers.
Westworld gained amazing reviews and is considered to be the next step in the evolution of the small screen science fiction genre. It deals with abstract and controversial concepts like robot rights, Artificial intelligence, human morality and the theory of immortality. It stars Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, and Jeffrey Wright in major roles. The show is currently on its third season, with its first-ever Season 1 Episode being released on the 2nd of October, 2016.
Game of Thrones is a popular HBO TV Show which is a mix of medieval, fantasy, political drama, action and drama genre. It is considered to be one of the greatest shows of all time. Game of Thrones has had eight seasons to date, with each season focusing on how the Great Houses of the High Fantasy World of Westeros and beyond manage to take control of the continent and grab as much power as possible. The last season of the show gained widespread criticism for being too forced and made to end prematurely, with many of the sub-plots not being given proper closure and many fan-favorite characters made to either bite the dust or end the arc in a manner unacceptable to the fans.
Nevertheless, both Westworld and Game of Thrones have a very loyal fan base who would hate for either of their favorite franchise’s legacy to be tarnished in any way. And that is where the Game of Thrones crossover with Westworld managed to wreak absolute havoc. The fans were not pleased and for obvious reasons. Here’s why.
Ever since the first season of the show, Westworld had been teasing a Game of Thrones cameo. In Season 1, we see Logan wear a lapel on his coat. The label looks very similar to the one worn by Tywin Lannister and Tyrion Lannister when they were the Hand of the King in King’s Landing. The second season gave us even stronger hints. The Astro-Labe like figure that hanged from the ceiling of a building looked eerily similar to the Astro-Labe that hung at the Citadel Library, the bastion of the Maesters. Behind the scenes, connection includes the same ghostly musical score from Raman Djawadi, who composed the auditory masterpieces for both Westworld as well as Game of Thrones. Even the character development of many such characters followed a similar route in both Westworld and Game of Thrones.
But that is not reason enough for a Crossover. Just because they belong to the same network does not warrant a Crossover that is mandatory between the two universes.
What angered fans more is not the Crossover but the fact that the Game of Thrones’ creators David Benioff and D.B Weiss was mocking the legacy of Westeros. If anything, it looked like HBO was trying to imply that the Game of Thrones series is just another theme park under the ownership of Delos Incorporated. Since Drogon was actually a robot and was seen within the laboratories of Delos, it would strongly suggest that a Westeros themed Park exists in the same Westworld universe.
This would also explain why a lot of the events that happened in the show happened in the first place. The various resurrections that we saw within the purview of Game of Thrones like that of Gregor Clegane, Beric Dondarrion and of course, Jon Snow, were actually Hosts being repaired and replaced. It was not magic that brought them back. It was just a regular maintenance crew. Maybe the actual theme park was the continent of Westeros and the Essosi – the people coming from Essos, were actually human guests that came to visit Westeros and play out their fantasies.
This might be a logical explanation but it is still unforgivable. Benioff and D.B Weiss just screwed over the entire eight seasons of the massive legacy set up by Game of Thrones and George R.R Martin. What Benioff and Weiss did was make it look like the eight season’s finale was just one of many endings that Game of Thrones could have had. It was just the way it happened in Westeros Park on THAT particular day.
This changes things. And not for the better! David Benioff and D.B Weiss, we did not expect this level of crookedness from you. Let us hope they will find a way to fix this clusterf*ck.
Season 3 of Westworld premiered on HBO on the 15th of March this year. The official synopsis of the acclaimed sci-fi show reads:
Dolores Abernathy is out for blood and pining to start a revolution. Season 3 is shaping up for Evan Rachel Wood’s character to take the fight to all of humanity, and her quest for revolution is likely going to bring her to a confrontation with Serac.
The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones premiered on the 14th of April, 2019. The official synopsis for the season reads:
The final season depicts the culmination of the series’ two primary conflicts: the Great War against the Army of the Dead, and the Last War for control of the Iron Throne. The first half of the season involves many of the main characters converging at Winterfell with their armies in an effort to repel the Night King and his army of White Walkers and wights. The second half of the season resumes the war for the throne as Daenerys Targaryen assaults King’s Landing in an attempt to unseat Cersei Lannister as the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.