Friday, September 30, 2016

Game of Thrones Season 7 Competition: Is Westworld Better?

Game of Thrones Season 7 Competition: Is Westworld Better?

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Is the new HBO series Westworld better than the highly anticipated Game of Thrones Season 7? With the new show set to debut amid much hype, here is a breakdown of what to expect and how it compares to the story created by George RR Martin.

Westworld is a fantasy series set in a technologically advanced version of the American Wild West. According to Collider, it is an adaptation of a film released back in 1973, which bears the same title. Westworld deals with the existence of artificial intelligence robots called “Hosts.” These beings inhabit a theme park where guests are able to visit and indulge in their deepest and darkest desires, no matter how taboo and vile.

Game of Thrones is no stranger to controversial topics. Over the last six seasons, the series has been saturated with sex, violence, dark magic, incest, rape and many other morally challenging topics. Westworld seems set to touch the same controversial topics, as it visits the deepest cravings and sinister desires of the human mind.

The conflict reportedly begins from the point of view of the robots. They eventually develop a sense of self and begin to think for themselves. Having been initially developed to please the human guests, the nature of the requests soon become contrary to the robots’ developing personalities.

Executive producers JJ Abrams, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have decided to invert the concept of the adaptation. Instead of narrating from the view of the human hosts, the main narrations come from the point of view of the robots. With the concept of robots turning into sentient beings not a new theme, it remains to be seen if Westworld can match the excitement that can be found in Westeros.

Game of Thrones Season 7 will air in the summer of 2017. Westworld is set to be released next month.