Earlier this month Westworld returned for Season 3 after being absent for two years and with episode 2 airing, fans saw a crossover that would have only made sense in the Westworld universe.
Best of all, the whole idea was George R.R Martin’s. HBO brought together it’s two biggest shows of this and the last decade. Complete with dragons and two certain Director’s that, whether you like them or not, made the show what it has become today.
Game of Thrones made a big return in Westworld as we saw another park introduced into the world. The newest season of Westworld has seen some drop in viewership over previous seasons. Season 2 was a low for the series so far, with some fans complaining that it was too complicated. Creators Jonathon Nolan and Lisa Joy have reassured fans that season 3 will be a return to form. With this fairly popular crossover, it seems HBO is giving Westworld a chance to be great. Of course they own both properties, but you could argue it would take significantly more budget to render a full fire breathing dragon and bring in all assets from Game of Thrones.
Don’t put the injection of the, objectively, popular series Game of Thrones all on David Wiess and Dan Benioff. There’s another person thanking instead. Talking to Variety, Nolan and Joy revealed that the crossover came from the author of the books series, George R.R. Martin. Nolan explains, “We’re also friendly with George R.R. Martin, and George had consistently since the first season said, “We’ve got to do a tie-in with ‘Game of Thrones.’” People forget that George was originally a TV writer and he came up in the TV world in which you’d occasionally have these crossover shows, which the fans would f—ing freak out over. So George had always been pitching the crossover show.“
It would make sense that HBO would want to full that void left by Game of Thrones in their schedule. While they, and we, wait for the prequel to give everyone that fantasy hit they need, Westworld seems to be that fantasy hit. For now,