Many comparisons have been made between Westworld and Game of Thrones. Some critics believe HBO’s latest series is doing the same for the sci-fi genre as Thrones does for fantasy, while Westworld broke ratings records with its premiere. Recently, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin even floated an idea of forming some sort of crossover between the two shows, and the idea has picked up so much steam that the Westworld showrunners have addressed it.
Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy spoke to EW about the idea, which Martin mentioned to them over dinner a couple months ago. Nolan said:
We love George and our daughter’s first trip anywhere in the world was out to Santa Fe for a screening of The Prestige at his theater, the Jean Cocteau. He’s a lovely guy and a stunning writer and it’s flattering he would encourage a crossover. We should be so lucky.
“I need to be believe that dragons are real,” Joy added, casting doubt on the possibility. “I want them be a real thing. So as much as I love George, I can’t lose that for myself!” Nolan, too, noted, “We’ve got an awful lot of material to cover just with Westworld, but you want to stay tuned…”
HBO’s Westworld series is based on the 1973 film of the same name written and directed by Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton. In addition to the Old West-themed Westworld, the amusement park in the original film also featured a Roman World and a Medieval World. So, the idea would be to have a Westeros World with hosts channeling characters from Game of Thrones.
This would probably never happen in a million years, considering a crossover like this would be one of the most shameless instances of self-promotion. But, like those theories about the true identity of the Man in Black and what’s at the center of the maze, it’s fun to think about.