Westworld season 2: extra-long episodes confirmed

Westworld season 2 will have some extra-long episodes, it’s been confirmed. As proven by Westworld season 1 and numerous seasons of Game Of Thrones, HBO is more than willing to extend its episode slots when necessary and give showrunners more time in which to deliver their vision.

This news comes straight from the horse’s mouth, with co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan revealing a little about the Westworld season 2 episode lengths in conversation with Entertainment Weekly.

“The second season the premiere is a little over 70 minutes,” Nolan revealed in his interview (but if you stayed up last night to watch the season 2 premiere as it went out in the USA, you’ll already know that).

“The fourth episode — which is one of my favourites — is a little longer than an hour”, Nolan added. “And the finale is just going to keep going and going — it’s a bit of an epic.”

It’s clear, then, that at least three episodes in Westworld season 2 will have extended running times: episode 1 (the season premiere), episode 4 (presumably something big is going down at this point) and episode 10 (the season finale).

We know that Westworld season 2 episode 1 is entitled “Journey into Night” and episode 4 is going by the moniker “The Riddle of the Sphinx”, but at this point, we do not know how the season finale will be titled.

Westworld season 2 premiered Stateside on HBO last night. The episode is available now for UK viewers via Now TV, or you can wait until 9pm tonight to watch it on Sky Atlantic.

EW