John P. Johnson
James Hibberd
October 07, 2016 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Heads up, Westworld fans: The second episode of the sci-fi breakout series has been released early by HBO. You can watch Westworld episode 2 right now on HBO Now, HBO Go, and HBO On Demand. 

And no — HBO’s scheduling computer isn’t rebelling against its network masters by leaking the episode. The early release is actually a crafty way of getting the next hour of the series out from under Sunday night’s second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The Westworld premiere was seen by 3.3 million viewers last Sunday — HBO’s biggest series premiere draw since True Detective debuted nearly three years ago. The news was first announced via HBO’s promotional site,

On Friday, EW will have a second episode deep-dive recap, interviews with showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and a Q&A with star Thandie Newton. (We thought we had a few days to write these stories for you, but now we’re, um, adjusting our timeline — follow @jameshibberd for updates).

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Meanwhile, check out all our comprehensive coverage of the Westworld premiere from Sunday: Our confusion-busting deep-dive recap, an interview with showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and our chat with star Evan Rachel Wood.


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