PSA: WESTWORLD Won’t Be Back Until 2018

Gonna be an even longer year than you thought.

Hot on the heels of an explosive season finale, Variety's got an excellent new interview with Westworld showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The entire piece is worth reading if you're a fan of the show, but does contain one particular element everyone should probably be aware of: Westworld won't return until 2018. 

Says Nolan:

We won’t be on the air until 2018. We started that conversation with the network when were shooting Episode 2 and we realized the complexity of trying to write and produce the show at the same time. We both work in the movie business as well, and in the movie business the best that you can possibly hope for with a film franchise is to turn around another installment in two or three years. So really on that schedule, we’re doing great.

Asked where they're at in terms of production on season two, Joy says, "We’ve started working on scripts and outlines. It’s looking good. It’s looking very ambitious. There’s some surprises and bits of it that you won’t see coming", while Nolan adds:

It’s an ambitious project, and HBO has encouraged us to take the time and resources that we need to work on each stage of that. I love television. One of the fun things about television is that sometimes you find yourself in this place where you have to wear all these hats at once. You have to write, shoot, and cut simultaneously. We wanted to in the second season spend some more time writing, then switch gears into production, then cut. So we’re not going to follow the annual year-on-year tradition of television. Television’s changing. And the ambition of the project is such that we’re going to take our time to get the second season right.

On the one hand: bummer! Those of us who lived through the glory days of The Sopranos can still hum every bar of the "Waitin' Between Seasons (Seemingly Forever)" blues. On the other hand, let's not forget what happened when HBO pushed True Detective S2 into production as quickly as possible (#FuckMountainNeverForget).

Head on over to Variety to read the rest of their interview with Joy and Nolan, or take to the comments below to express your stunned disbelief that 2017's going to be even worse than you thought it was five minutes ago.