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Westworld Trolls Fans With 25-Minute Long Season 2 'Spoiler' Video

Westworld still has some secrets up its sleeve.

Co-creators and producers of the hit sci-fi show Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy engaged with fans of Westworld via a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") thread, following up on a promise to "interact with" online communities that discuss and trade theories about the show. 

During the Q&A session, the duo revealed a radical proposal: What if, in an effort to stave off the circulation of spoilers, the show's creative team spoiled the entire show ahead of time?

"We thought about this long and hard, and came to a difficult (and potentially highly controversial) decision," the producers wrote. "If you guys agree, we're going to post a video that lays out the plot (and twists and turns) of season 2. Everything. The whole sordid thing."

The idea, which seemed to be presented in a serious manner, was met with controversy, confusion, and spirited discussion, with some users speculating that the entire idea was a setup for a mass fan trolling. Maybe they would produce a video of fake plot information, some thought. They couldn't really spoil their whole show in the weeks leading up to its season premiere — could they?

Well, HBO appears to have gone ahead and done it — sort of. As first reported by Polygon, a video titled "Westworld Season 2 — A Primer" was uploaded to YouTube by a user named Singing Traveller047, promising in the video description "FULL SPOILERS for Westworld second season." The video was described as being "only accessible for Reddit Gold Members" — but that wasn't true. A lot about the video wasn't true.

The 25-minute video, which you can watch above, begins with a fakeout prelude from Jeffrey Wright's Bernard before seguing into a piano-and-vocal performance by Evan Rachel Wood and Angela Sarafyan of Rick Astley's troll anthem "Never Gonna Give You Up".

Looks like rickrolling is alive and well in the 21st century. The remaining 22 or so minutes of the video is black and white footage of a dog sitting at a piano.

Westworld will return for its second season on April 22, where it will resume spooling out its secrets one episode at a time. To get a Nirvana song stuck in your head, check out the trailer for the second season right here.