Westworld, the groundbreaking original series from HBO, is coming back in April 2018. And what better way to celebrate than by helping to Kickstart "Decoding Westworld" back into existence for another season of scarily accurate theorizing, deep discussions about character motivations, and geeking out about the show's world-building!
For those of you who are new here, "Decoding Westworld" is a weekly recap podcast about Westworld. If our funding goal is met, then after each of the next 10 episodes of Westworld, we will record a 30-60 minute podcast discussing our reactions, predictions, and deeply ambivalent emotions about the episode. If you're not already a fan (hey, welcome!), you can have a listen to some of the shows we recorded last year by going to decodingwestworld.com. It's also available wherever you normally get your podcasts.
After it is funded, the podcast will stay free and available for download at decodingwestworld.com. But hopefully some of you will think it's worth it to throw some money our way.
A small portion of the Kickstarter funding will go towards hard costs (things like podcast hosting, any equipment/media needs that arise, plus Kickstarter, payment processing, and taxes each take a significant percentage of the raised amount). But we want to be really clear and upfront by saying that the bulk of this Kickstarter will pay for our time. Making the podcast is time-consuming, and we are always working to balance fun side projects like this with our other commitments. But we desperately want to bring the show back, and need your help to do so!
As always, it's only because of your generosity and support in the past that we've grown the podcast to this point. Thanks to you, each episode from season 1 received an average of over 100K downloads. Decoding Westworld was also listed by Recode as one of the top podcasts of 2017. We are eternally grateful to you, our listeners, for getting us here and look forward to an awesome season of Westworld discussion ahead!
Risks and challenges
David and Joanna have collectively produced and co-hosted hundreds of podcasts. That being said, episodes of the television show and of the podcast may not meet your specific standards. A sudden change in the television show's dynamic may have unexpected effects on the tone of our podcast. By backing us, you are acknowledging that this might be the case.
Our schedules are also pretty tight and we may not be able to record recaps until significantly after the episode has aired on HBO. This Kickstarter is our way of committing to recording one episode each week, so while delays are possible, significant delays (e.g. longer than 1-week waits) are unlikely.
It is remotely possible that either Dave or Joanna may not be able to be able to make the podcast for a week or two due to scheduling conflicts. In these situations, a suitable replacement will be found for that week and the episode will still be delivered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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