We’ve been dying to know more about what the upcoming second season of ‘Westworld’ will have in store for us, and today we’ve learned not one but multiple new details about the show and the direction that it’ll take! While we still have to wait just over a month to get our eyes on the premiere episode, co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan has made a few open comments to get us ready.
For starters, it sounds like we’ll be finding out where exactly ‘Westworld’ is located, though how important that will be to the overall story is up to debate. According to Nolan:
“If we were to describe the show as one camera angle, it would be a steady pull out revealing more and more context. So as the hosts learn more about their world — and other worlds, and the real world — the audience is doing the same thing.”
Location and perhaps even time period could unleash a slew of new details, theories, and more upon audiences. With a full-on bloodbath going down in the Season 1 finale it wouldn’t be surprising to see the park guests trying to get out or be evacuated as quickly as possible. This would allow for us to find out hopefully where and when the show is really taking place.
Next up, Evan Rachel Wood talks about what to expect from her character of Dolores in the sophomore season as she says that she’ll be playing a “chess master” and more importantly “she has access to all of her memories, but now she’s in control. There are some scenes where she’s three different people in the span of a minute.” This new dynamic could really mess with audiences, likely in a good way.
When talking about Dolores, though, we’d be remiss to not hear about James Marsden’s Teddy who was once her knight in shining armor:
“Dolores is further along in her advancement, and he’s trying to catch up and make sure the manner in which we proceed still feels like the good parts of Teddy that he remembers.”
Who I am most looking forward to finding out more about, though, is Thandie Newton’s Maeve who not only gained sentience but massively upgraded herself. Surprisingly, it doesn’t sound like she’ll be front and center in the upcoming revolution as the actress states:
“I was kind of freaked out at first because I had no idea where my character was going this season. Westworld stripped us bare of what we had and forces us and the audience to rethink what you’ve learned from that and what you know about these characters. It’s not contrived, though — it’s genuine to what they have mapped out.”
Another essential character is, of course, Bernard. Jeffrey Wright states that as the Host who is thought to be human “ee’s trying to do a high-wire act on a razor blade with the humans on one side and the hosts on the other, and he’s perched dangerously in the middle.”
Lisa Joy adds in that “Not everybody in the revolution is on the same page.” This will set host against host in the upcoming battle with humanity:
“The leashes are off but the question is: How far are you willing to go until you become a reflection of the evil you’re trying to fight?”
While that is another fun plot point being set up, one of the major plot points was the mysteries in the first season. From the different time periods to what the Hosts were meant to find and how the second season will resonate from some of those themes, Wood states:
“There are things I actually said as Dolores [in Season One] that I had no idea of the significance of until filming this season, and now I’m going, ‘My God, [the showrunners] were telling us. I think even when we’re in Season Seven, you’ll still be able to go back to the pilot and find clues that were right in front of you.”
If they can continue the top quality of the first season, I’d be fully supportive of seven seasons!
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‘Westworld’ returns to HBO for a second season on April 22nd, 2018!