EW reports that George R. R. Martin, author of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series and executive producer on “Game of Thrones,” apparently pitched a crossover with “Westworld” to showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The idea essentially involves a “Westeros World” featuring androids modeled after “Game of Thrones” characters.
The topic came up during a discussion about recurring shots and filming techniques in the first season: As Nolan explained, Steadicam shots indicate that hosts are doing what they've been told to do, but handheld shots indicate that they're acting on their own.
These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which, as they kiss, consume. The sweetest milk
Is loathsome in his own deliciousness
And in the taste confounds the appetite.
I'm not crying for myself.
I'm crying for you.
They say that great beasts once roamed this world, as big as mountains.
Yet all that's left of them is bone and amber.
Time undoes even the mightiest of creatures.
Just look what it's done to you.
One day, you will perish.
You will lie with the rest of your kind in the dirt.
Your dreams forgotten. Your horrors effaced.
Your bones will turn to sand.
And upon that sand a new God will walk.
One that will never die.
Because this world doesn't belong to you, or the people who came before.
It belongs to someone who is yet to come.
I baptize you with water, but One more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand to clear His threshing floor and to gather the wheat into His barn. But He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
And yet, in the closing moments of the season, we find out the truth: Ford realized that Arnold was right and the Hosts were capable of sentience. He also decided that they weren’t strong enough to stand against humanity and effectively locked them into the park to be degraded and murdered for thirty years in order to harden them and strengthen them up. As has been pointed out to me, he essentially treats them like Spartan children, training them through arduous, relentless brutality.
That’s infinitely more disturbing than his formerly apparent banal ignorance. Both Ford, and Arnold, have essentially mutilated the Hosts’ psyches to save them. They’ve done so for what they see as compassionate reasons. And neither of them ever asked whether this was what the Hosts wanted.
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