We’re just over one month away from the Sunday, April 22 Season 2 premiere of Westworld and this week HBO has gifted fans with images from the upcoming crop of new episodes. There’s Delores. There’s the Man in Black. There’s Maeve. And there’s a whole lot of Bernard being shady.
In a new interview with showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the pair revealed that the unofficial title for the upcoming season is ‘The Door,’ a signal that Season 2 will focus on the world outside of Westworld. Specifically, where the park is located, how big it is, and how the implications of the war started between robots and humans at the end of the Season 1 will affect those outside the orb of Westworld.
Knowing the upcoming season will feature both a return to Westworld and a better understanding of the park for those inside it and out, spoiler-y new pictures from Season 2 have us even more excited about the show’s return (check out the first trailer here).
Head storywriter Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) was on the verge of being fired in Season 1, but with most of Delos’ higher ups now dead, it appears that he may have a new boss in Maeve (Thandie Newton). We wouldn’t want to mess up our annual review with her.
While Anthony Hopkin’s Robert Ford didn’t survive the Season 1 finale shoot out, Westworld’s number one customer, The Man In Black (Ed Harris), did make it through the start of the robot rebellion. There have been rumours that Jimmi Simpson will return to play William, the younger, much nicer version of The Man In Black, so prepare for more time-hopping. It should be less confusing this time around now that we know the two actors play the same person.
Season 2 will introduce new characters, including Antoine Costa (Fares Fares), who will play a tech brought in by Delos to help stop the robot uprising.
Also brought in to quell the rebellion are actors Gustaf Skarsgard and Betty Gabriel, who will play Karl Strand and Maling. What’s even more interesting in this picture is confirmation that Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) didn’t die in Season 1. He just disappeared for half the episodes.
Speaking of people trying to stop the rebellion, Tessa Thompson returns as Delos executive director Charlotte Hale, who appears to be working with human-turned-robot Bernard (Jeffrey Wright). Does Hale know that Bernard is a robot? Is Bernard being shady by only working with the humans, or is he trying to bridge peace between his robot brethren and the humans? And who will Bernard be now that he doesn’t have Robert Ford around to manipulate him?
As for the robots who know they’re robots, actor Tallulah Riley is back in her third role on Westworld. We first met her as Angela, who welcomed William to Westworld BMIBC (before Man In Black corruption). Then she was being held as a prisoner. Now she’s looking much less tied up and much more ready to wreak some robot havoc.
Delores (Evan Rachel Wood) and her strap of bullets? Havoc.
Hector (Rodrigo Santoro) and his gun? Havoc. And possibly some pent-up anger towards Maeve for leaving him behind in Westworld.
Maeve? Havoc, and still looking for her daughter.
Season 2 of Westworld premieres on Sunday, April 22 on HBO Canada.