Westworld‘s composer Ramin Djawadi has explained why the acclaimed HBO has featured so many Radiohead covers.
Versions of ‘No Surprises’, ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ and ‘Motion Picture Soundtrack’ have all appeared in episodes of HBO’s sci-fi hit, which was co-created by Jonathan Nolan, brother of Dark Knight director Christopher.
Asked why Nolan keeps picking songs by the Oxford band, Djawadi told Pitchfork: “They’re just an incredible band. I myself am a huge Radiohead fan. I’m happy he’s picking those songs.”
Djawadi who also composes the music for Game Of Thrones, added: “While I’m not even that big into lyrics, their lyrics tend to be very poetic as well. I think it’s a great fit. Like with ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ – even if you just take the title — with Westworld, what is real? What is not real? You can interpret it in many ways.”
Earlier this week HBO renewed Westworld for a second season. According to the network’s programming president, Casey Bloys, the show is now averaging nearly 12 million viewers per episode, including reruns, on-demand, and streaming. However, Bloys also said new episodes of Westworld are unlikely to air until 2018.
Despite its popularity, Westworld has been criticised in the US after an episode featured a four-minute orgy scene. Up to 40 actors were involved in the raunchy scene, which some viewers felt went too far.