See the Best of Western Scenery in Westworld

Recently, I started screening shows and series that I missed when they were first released. Netflix and HBO have a lot of this content, enough to last me for over a year. I’d heard about shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld, but I was too busy at the time or just uninterested in them to tune in and see what all the buzz was about. 

I started watching them both recently, and one of the most immediately impressive aspects was the background scenery in Westworld. 

Spectacular Scenery Adds to the Series

For those unfamiliar with the show, it’s about a futuristic amusement park with extremely lifelike robots. Guests pay a lot of money to play fantasy western roles like a sheriff, saloon gambler, and gunfighter in the park where the guns can’t hurt them. 

But that wasn’t what initially captured my attention. The exterior locations chosen as the backdrops are some of the most spectacularly beautiful scenery in Arizona, California, and Utah. 

The director of photography also knows how to show off a location. Footage of the actors riding through Monument Valley in Utah kept my eyes riveted to the screen. It’s one of the most impressive places in the world, but through the eyes of Westworld’s DP it was simply amazing. 

But other locations were almost as impressive. There were several that could serve as invitations to the national parks of the southwest; they were that inviting. The crew of the series must have spent a considerable amount of time combing the deserts and mountains of the southwest to find the most beautiful backdrops they could. 

So, if you happen to run out of things to watch, tune in to Westworld on HBO Go. You’ll get a new appreciation for the beauty of the southwest area of the US, and the show itself is pretty good as well.

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