Painfully Awkward Video Reveals Exactly How Not to Ask a Question at a Q&A for HBO's 'Westworld'

Posted Sat Apr 21, 2018 at 02:30 PM PDT by
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A recent panel for the show ended abruptly with a cringe-worthy Q&A.

As chronicled in a report from The A.V. Club, the cast and crew of HBO's Westworld recently sat down together for a panel discussion at the Tribeca Film Festival following a screening of the season two premiere, but a planned 10-minute Q&A to cap off the event didn't exactly go as planned. And by that, I mean a single, rambling, hilariously cringe-worthy question brought a screeching halt to the entire thing.

The panel was moderated by Atlantic Senior Editor Christopher Orr, and featured co-creators Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, along with stars Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, and James Marsden. And though the discussion went well for the majority of the event, with solid questions from Orr and insights from the participants, an attempt to start an audience Q&A session at the end completely dissolved thanks to a textbook example of how not to ask a question during one of these events. The embarrassing exchange begins around the 49-minute mark in the embedded video below.

As you can see, the awkwardness bursts forth right out of the gate as the cast & crew complain about not being able to see the questioner -- perhaps preemptively hiding his shame for what follows. From there, the questioner commits a plethora of Q&A sins, beginning with a vague, rambling shower of praise for the show that doesn't seem to be leading anywhere, hogging up time for other guests without actually saying anything. And then his attention turns specifically to writer Jonathan Nolan, leading to more wandering praise before "casually" revealing that he and his brother are aspiring screenwriters themselves. Yeah, I think you all know where this is going.

After some laughter from the crowd, our brave questioner blurts out exactly what everyone expects but not so-secretly prays he won't, "We hope that one day we can actually show our screenplay to you." Cue a grumble of snickers and groans. Now seeing that the crowd is turning on him, the questioner wisely retreats with a quick "have a great night."  And from there, sensing the night has been lost, Orr abruptly ends the Q&A before it really got a chance to start. Did the man even have an actual question to ask? I guess we'll just have to add that to the growing list of unsolved Westworld mysteries.

Fans still hoping to get some actual answers about Westworld, can tune into HBO tomorrow, April 22, to watch the season two premiere. 

Source: The A.V. Club

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