10 Problems With Westworld Nobody Wants To Admit

The Next Game of Thrones? Err....

Westworld Problems

Game of Thrones has 6 episodes to go, which will air in 2019, and then it will go away forever. Given that GOT is the biggest TV show in the world, HBO obviously needs another program to fill in the gap, and they appear to have chosen Westworld for that formidable task. And, thus far, everyone has overwhelmingly praised Westworld and has described it as the next big TV show.

Here's the thing: Westworld is a three-star show at the most. It's not bad at all, but it certainly isn't a masterpiece. One can fall in love with its often masterful acting, stunning visuals, perfect score by Ramin 'Game of Thrones' Djawadi and big questions all they like, but there are a huge number of issues with Westworld that it gets away with.

Westworld is overdone, self-indulgent, overly slow and nowhere near as smart as it thinks it is. Are people just desperate for a new TV obsession now that Thrones is nearly gone?

There are many valid problems with Westworld that shouldn't be ignored. Mysteriously few reviews of the show have actually bothered to mention them.

Be warned, spoilers ahead for Westworld Season 1.

10. It Never Topped The Pilot

Westworld Problems

Initially it seemed like Westworld was going to live up to the hype, with its first episode, The Original, a very strong pilot episode on the whole.

It introduces the characters in all their brilliantly performed glory, establishes the world of the show with ease, and then drops some tantalizing hints about the direction in which Season 1 was going to go. Everyone will have been pulled right in by this intelligent story-telling, not to mention the great visuals and sheer epic scope of the entire thing.

While getting the pilot right is highly important, not topping the first part of a show is often fatal. That is exactly what happened with Westworld. The pilot episode kept things simple and had a more spectacle-based approach.

That would've been a good tone to stick to throughout Season One, since all the complexity and different layers ultimately became hugely exhausting. The excitement felt watching the pilot disappeared from memory as watching the show became a struggle to remember all the incomprehensible plot threads.


Film Studies graduate, aspiring screenwriter and all-around nerd who, despite being a pretentious cinephile who loves art-house movies, also loves modern blockbusters and would rather watch superhero movies than classic Hollywood films. Once met Tommy Wiseau.