After the shocking Season 1 finale of HBO’s drama Westworld (season 2 premieres April 22, on HBO Canada), fans were left wondering who would survive after the machines had become not only self-aware, but really, really angry. Leaving Season 1 in a bloodbath that included the death of Westworld founder Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins), viewers were unsure as to which–if any–humans, would survive the robot apocalypse. Thanks to the first trailer for Season 2, we now have some answers.
Debuting during Sunday night’s Super Bowl, the first look at Season 2 includes some actual footage from the upcoming season, as well as a few scenes shot just for the Super Bowl ad. Evan Rachel Wood is back as Dolores Abernathy, the main AI robot who helped start the revolution at the end of Season 2. Also returning is Thandie Newton as Maeve, the AI robot who was ready to make her great escape from Westworld, but returned at the last minute to exact her revenge on all those who had abused her throughout her countless lifetimes. As for the rest of the AIs returning, Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard and Angela Sarafyan’s Clementine were also back in the lab in the new footage, although it’s unclear what roles their characters will play this season.
A few surprising faces also popped up during the new Season 2 trailer. Ben Barnes’ Logan, who we last saw riding away on horseback, has returned for more philandering and all-around distasteful behaviour in his beloved Westworld. Jimmi Simpson’s William didn’t appear in the trailer (though it has been confirmed he will return for Season 2), but the older version of his character, better known as The Man in Black (Ed Harris) appears in the new footage.
Louis Herthum, who played Dolores’ father Peter Abernathy, appears in the trailer while being detained in the lab by Westworld workers, which could signal a storyline where viewers learn more about the park’s origins, including its first AI robots.
Keeping in line with the first season’s penchant for eerie piano remakes of popular songs, Kanye West’s “Runaway” provides a haunting soundtrack for the new trailer, which features a voiceover by Wood’s Dolores. “We can save this world, we can burn it to the ground and from the ashes, build a new world. Our world.” Oh, we are sooooo pumped.
Season 2 of Westworld premieres April 22 on HBO Canada. Season 1 of Westworld is available now on HBO Canada.