‘Westworld’ has not even premiered yet and it is already throwing out puzzles and mysteries for the fans to solve, and as usual, the fans are more than ready for the challenge. During the recent trailer for the new season shown during the Superbowl, intrepid fans deciphered a hidden message. When decoded, it led them to a hidden website for ‘Delos Destinations’ which offered some new information about the corporation and the park, including new information revealing that there are actually SIX different parks within Westworld proper, though we only know about Westworld itself, and whatever “Samurai Land” ends up being called.
While the ad for Samurai Land (we think) is just a blurred image of green rolling hills and fog, the other 4 parks have no imagery, simply saying they are offline and “Reservations are closed to the public,” which is a clever way of teasing the audience without having to reveal anything just yet. Here are the details from the new website:
“The luxury resort, reimagined. Delos Destinations channels your inner desires — be they rest or rebellion — into a transportive theme park experience, a vacation that transcends time, place and expectations. Our immersive worlds integrate inspired technology, provocative narratives, and unprecedented innovation to offer an opportunity that redefines life itself: the chance to change your story. … A subsidiary of Delos Incorporated, Delos Destinations employs our award-winning biotech to create authentic, unforgettable experiences that redefine the art of simulation. In a world that’s become inundated by the virtual, escape the screen and take hold of a freedom you can physically touch. It’s a feeling that will challenge your idea of reality — and as our friends here like to say, if you can’t tell the difference, does it matter?”
It is fun to imagine the possibilities of all these different parks we can visit over the course of the show, and what kind of narrative can be told outside of the old west setting, which is something that Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy were clearly planning from the beginning when they launched ‘Westworld.’ While speaking on the scope of the show with The Hollywood Reporter back in 2016, Nolan said:
“I’ve worked in television for years and I love all of the different ways you can build a show. But for the most part, you get through the pilot, you build your sets, you hire your cast, and it’s working, and you just want to hang out in that moment and enjoy that moment with that iteration of the story you’re telling. For Lisa and myself, with this show, we never had any intention of staying in one place. We don’t want to shoot on the same sets for 10 years. We want to blow the sets up and move onto another piece of the story. So we said when we started working on the series that we wanted to be ambitious. We wanted each season to increase in that ambition and in the scope of the show. It also follows the story of our hosts. Their lives begin in loops, and then expand and change and grow. It’s an origin of a new species. We want to follow that story all the way to the bitter end.”
What are your thoughts on the reveal of 6 parks? Are there any themed lands in particular you would like to see (other than Medieval and Roman which were featured in the original movie?)? Share your thoughts in the comments below!