13. The Pilot Was Directed By Christopher Nolan’s Brother
With the epic proportions and creative vision of a Blockbuster franchise, who better to co-create and direct the series launching episode than the brother of the Dark Knight helmer? Jonathan Nolan may be six years younger than the Batman director, but he has certainly proven his moxie working closely with his older brother, having written the short story that became 2000s Memento, as well as sharing screenwriting credit with Christopher on The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and the 2014 epic Interstellar. Jonathan also created and served as Executive Producer on the CBS hit television series Person of Interest, which premiered in 2011.
Jonathan’s penchant for dark themes and thrilling plot lines, as well as a niche in the science fiction genre made him an ideal captain for Westworld’s creation and direction.
12. Sound Familiar?
One of the classic elements for any Western is the trusty player-piano heard in the background of just about every saloon scene. In HBO’s Westworld, the piano-player not only serves to set the tone, sometimes eerily presciently throughout each episode, but it also provides a nice little episodic Easter egg as some of the song selections are very familiar to viewers.
From “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden, to “No Surprises” by Radiohead, and even the Rolling Stones’ classic “Paint It Black” playing as the soundtrack to one of the more tension filled scenes the series has offered thus far, the unique personality of the player-piano combines familiar music with an instrument nearly lost to antiquity. Fans of the music can now hit up iTunes and download their favorite Westworld player piano covers.