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Waiting for ‘Westworld’

Will the much-delayed sci-fi series be HBO’s next Game of Thrones–style hit?
Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Nolan filming Westworld.

IMAGINE A TV SHOW based on a beloved preexisting property with a cultish fan base. Now imagine a complex pilot shot for HBO at exorbitant expense—a pilot that proves so problematic the network sends the producers back to reshoot almost the entire thing from scratch with a new director. Now imagine that show premieres: What kind of a show do you expect it might be? Well, if you’re lucky, it will be Game of Thrones—since that is more or less the history of Thrones, which premiered back in 2011 and has become HBO’s most successful series.

Now here’s another pressing question: Given that HBO was able to win you over to an epic show

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