The big failure of Westworld’s second season was that it failed to bring its viewers back to earth after working hard to keep them confused and questioning what was really going on, suggests Erik Kain of Forbes. Season 1 was full of mystifying events, but it managed to wrap everything up in a way that was highly satisfying and, most importantly, made all of the confusion worth it. With season two, it is questionable if that’s the case too. While still highly enjoyable to watch, it couldn’t quite capture the great subtlety of its predecessor. Similarly, its message about free will seems a little heavy-handed. Perhaps a second season wasn’t needed.
Season 2 of Westworld goes beyond its predecessor, building on the huge web of intricate secrets, which is what makes this show so special, infers Sonia Saraiya of Vanity Fair. What it does so brilliantly is give the viewer just enough of a taste of the information they are being denied and then keeping them from fully understanding it. Morality and what being alive really means are explored in great, thought-provoking detail. The second season grows where the first ended, slowly uncovering a highly intricate and infinitely interesting world. With great actors, drama, cinematography, storytelling and much more, it’s an immense success.