It’s been a long morning waiting for the promised 11 am delivery of a new Westworld trailer, but HBO made good on their promise and here it is. There’s a lot to unpack, and we’re left with more than a few questions … and theories. First, have a good look, and enjoy Ramin Djawadi’s gorgeous rendition of Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box playing over the scenery.
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As of yesterday’s trailer announcement, Bernard seems to be having a problem. My prediction is that our friend and Bernard’s “mentor” (so to speak), Dr. Ford, did not go gentle into that good night. Of course, you all know I don’t believe for a minute Ford is dead or gone; even if he were, I’m certian Ford would have left a few surprises behind. And by “surprises”, I mean “damaged circuitry”.
Poor Bernard (BernArnold) has a lot to deal with, and I’m not certain he and Dolores (aka Wyatt, aka who knows who else) will always be on the same team.
Well, Dolores, who’s to say you even ARE on earth? Things look awfully otherworldly sometimes.
Other-timely, too — there are a few shots that read as flashback. This looks like the back of young William’s head, and Jimmi Simpson is supposed to appear in flashback this season, so I’m calling it. Whether it’s Dolores or the Man in Black (William in Black) having memories remains to be seen.
Likewise, this appears to be Maeve flashing back to her “daughter”, rather than a future scene of actually finding the girl.
One thing I’ve been curious about is whether there are multiples of characters we know running around Westworld. In particular, this scene could read a few ways: a) Maeve in different shots, b) Maeve having a memory flash, or c) Maeve sees a copy herself.
Regardless, Maeve is very busy in this teaser. She rouses Hector (and presumably makes a few changes to his programming).
She clearly visits Shogun World (note her change of clothing here, as well). Is this our Maeve, or another version?
Dolores is quite busy as well; in between the shots of her speaking with Bernard, she’s doing a little light reading (reminds me of Hannibal’s library) …
… this may be another flashback, else she’s hosting a We’re-Killing-All-the-Humans! party. For a moment, I thought the shot looked like she broke out of Westworld proper, but this still looks like created earth — what are the blockish structures in the foreground?
Speaking of creations, um …
… those Drone Hosts freak me out. They clearly have personality tweaking needs, not unlike old William in Black, who has found an interesting door (doors are apparently this season’s theme),
but what really interested me was this particular shot …
… because we’ve seen several Host characters shot/shoot themselves like this. And now my old The-Man-in-Black-is-a-Host theory will once again rear its ugly head. I was convinced of it most of the first season, especially because we only saw him with gloves on (in the original movie, Host hands were the one thing Westworld techs couldn’t get right) — that is until the final episode. Gloves aside, this is a very curious moment.
I didn’t catch sight of Shannon Woodward’s Elsie, but Luke Hemsworth’s Stubbs is back, front and center (is that a hologram?),
and I believe this is our first look at Gustav Skarsgård’s Karl Strand, surveying the damage.
Ditto, this may be a flashback featuring our first look at new cast addition, Peter Mullan as founder, James Delos.
Here’s a couple of uncertainties, though — is this Angela (Talulah Riley), and who’s that sitting on the floor, cradling a dead person?
Is this a flashback of Dolores and William kissing?
Where does this mystery door go, Bernard?
Who are these soldiers trying to keep out (Samurai)?
And finally, who is this? Maybe Dolores with … someone? New cast member, Neil Jackson? James Delos?
That’s just my first round combing through the footage, and I’m already exhausted … but it’s the good kind of tired one gets from studying one of our favorite series.
Westworld returns to HBO April 22nd.