editor’s note: This was originally published March 2, 2018
***Spoiler Warning: Spoilers for Westworld Season 1 follow. Spoilers***
Westworld Season 2 hijinks are afoot, and EW got some early scoop from showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, but like any fan of the series, I am suspicious of everything they say — especially when it has anything to with who is or isn’t a Host —
and who is or isn’t coming back. Case in point, Anthony Hopkins’ Dr. Robert Ford, who it appears the showrunners have asserted was truly killed — though someone playing a younger version of Ford in a flashback will happen. Nolan and Joy can tell us that until the Hosts come home, and I’ll still be waiting for either a Ford copy, or his uploaded consciousness to show up somewhere down the line. Ford’s hubris would allow for nothing less.
I do, however, believe we’ll see Shannon Woodward’s Elsie and Luke Hemsworth’s Stubbs again; don’t think anyone will be surprised by their return. Interestingly, Lisa Joy says they’re viewing the park through a new lens.
They’re finally getting to experience Westworld as guests and not in the managerial halls, but I’m not sure they’re enjoying their experience.”
Also confirmed returning for another round is the fabulous Tessa Thompson’s Charlotte Hale, who’ll be back to “cause trouble”, but it sounds as if both she and Simon Quarterman’s Lee Sizemore will be in trouble themselves,
because with Dolores and Maeve heading up the Host army, the humans aren’t running Westworld anymore.
Speaking of Hosts, both Dolores’ “father”, Louis Herthum’s Peter Abernathy and Maeve’s once and former “employee”, Angela Sarafyan’s Clementine will be back, so to speak. Peter may have gotten out of the park and will continue to be important to Dolores, while Clementine is said to be forever changed by events last season.
Meanwhile, remember the eerie, violent, unfinished Host (who reminds me a bit of Pan’s Labyrinth‘s Pale Man) we saw in the Season 2 trailer?
Jonathan Nolan has dubbed the being a “Drone Host“, and revealed a little bit of ***Spoilerish*** information:
The drone hosts relate to the corporation’s secret project which is hidden in plain sight in this park. As we talked about in the pilot, the park is one thing for the guests, and it’s another thing for its shareholders and management — something completely different. We’ve used the Google analogy — for consumers, it’s for search and email, yet for the company, it’s for advertising. There is an agenda here that Delos has undertaken for a very long time. As Bernard is making his way through the wreckage of the fallout from the first season, he’s discovering things about the park that even he doesn’t know and coming upon creatures like the drone host.”
Creatures like the drone host, eh? I’ll bet Bernard comes across a FORD HOST, too (no, I will not let a sleeping Ford lie).
Though we knew Ed Harris’ Man William in Black would be returning, fans weren’t sure they’d see Jimmi Simpson’s younger William again — no worries, he’ll be back for a little more digging into the past, and his park history.
Finally, here’s a little footage with Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris saying what little they can about what we’re in for, and it sounds damned intriguing.
The first season almost looks like kind of a little kitchen drama compared to where we are now.” Jeffrey Wright
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait.
Westworld returns to HBO April 22nd.
(photos via EW)
*Updated March 16, 2018
HBO released a few more Season 2 photos, including this first shot of Vikings‘ Gustav Skarsgård (man, the Swedish boys are hot this week!) as Karl Strand, and Betty Gabriel as “new enforcer”, Maling.
Here’s Fares Fares as “tech expert”, Antoine Costa
William in Black surveying the damage.
That’s a lot of clean-up work ahead of the crew, Bernard (truth be told, you look a little shell-shocked).
I love that Maeve’s changing up her hair all the time now that she’s in charge.
Back in the saddle again.
So, see the look on Sizemore’s face? I think he’s just realized that’s not a purse in Maeve’s hand.