HBO’s ‘Westworld’ Is the ‘Game of Thrones’-Style Western You Never Knew You Needed

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Every guy dreams of being a cowboy at some point in their lives—hopping onto a horse and riding through the wild west on the way to save the damsel in distress, a la vintage Clint Eastwood or John Wayne.

If you could live out that fantasy—without having to leave your modern world—would you do it?

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That’s one of the main questions raised by the new HBO series Westworld, which centers on a futuristic theme park, a place where people can pay to live out their wildest fantasies—be the cowboy—in a western setting populated by artificially intelligent robots. The network is hoping that the buzzy series, which is executive produced by nerd-king J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan (brother of Christopher Nolan and co-writer of The Dark Knight and Interstellar), can be a Game of Thrones-like hit for the network.

The latest full-length trailer for the show debuted on Sunday night, offering a detailed glimpse at the beautiful desert vistas, sky-high mountains, and flowing rivers of the park, but also the dangerous and darker side of things: Gunfights, horse-riding battles, explosions—and what happens when the artificial intelligence behind the park’s robots starts to go awry.

[Editor’s note: Although HBO has labeled this video “mature,” it’s pretty much safe for work. But hey, be smart about it.]

The show was adapted from the 1973 Michael Crichton film of the same name and has a fantastic cast, including Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton, and Jeffrey Wright.

Hopkins is in fine form as the devious creator of the park’s artificial intelligence program, while Harris plays mostly to type as the “mysterious villain,” aptly named the Man in Black. Newton, Marsden, and Wood all play artificially intelligent robots, while Wright stars as the creator of those realistic-looking androids.

Westworld debuts on October 2 on HBO.

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