Tuesday, 19 February, 2019

HBO creating 'Westworld' town near Austin for SXSW

Westworld Experience Will Build an Entire Town at SXSW HBO creating 'Westworld' town near Austin for SXSW
Lora Ball | 22 February, 2018, 06:48

Regardless of what you do, it should go without saying that ruthlessly murdering hosts for sport and having sex with the women at the saloon is off-limits, because Westworld doesn't actually exist, and you'd be better than that even if it did.

Debuting in 2016 to become HBO's most-watched freshman series ever, Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin.

Previous activations at San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic-Con gave fans an opportunity to experience the unsettling interview and check-in process at Westworld. HBO has promised that this event will be unlike any other and will allow guest to dive deeper into the universe of Westworld. Those who manage to get a reservation will check in at the EastSide Tavern in Austin, Texas. Prospective guests must also be 21 and have a valid form of identification. Guests will also be turned loose in the park to hunt for clues about Season 2.

Given that season 1 of Westworld secretly used time jumps to disorient the narrative (and viewers), it seems safe to assume that season 2 will incorporate flashbacks into the proceedings too. From there, they'll be given either a black or white hat- presumably revealing how you'll be acting within the park. Some clues will be hidden within the park, but others will be found by asking particular hosts specific questions.

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Saturday, March 10, 2:00-10:00 p.m. The futuristic tech of Westworld's androids are still a bit out reach for present day tech, but there will be people pretending to be robots pretending to be people.

For a select, invite-only group, the experience will start even earlier.

The premiere of Westworld's second season is April 22. Guests will arrive at LAX for their flight bound for Westworld, interacting with Delos hosts and Sweetwater locals. This invitation-only flight departs Los Angeles for Austin on Friday, March 9. If you end up not securing a reservation, you can still get a chance to visit the real Westworld in HBO's partnership with Lyft.

And if all that fails, fans of the show can still catch a session during SXSW that includes cast members and the show's co-creators on March 10, 3:30-4:30 p.m.in the Austin Convention Center, Room D. On March 10, showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy will be joined by actors James Marsden, Jerffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, and Thandie Newton.

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