HBO’s Westworld Season 2 is about to get a bit more complicated. According to reports, the anticipated next installment of the hit sci-fi drama will deal with the aftermath of the android uprising and the following massacre. Moreover, there are going to be a few changes particularly in how the series will convey the next set of events. Find out below.
A New Dolores Emerges
Despite the rather confusing timeline, Westworld Season 1 was a huge success. The series started with 1.9 million viewers and ended with 2.240 million viewers. It has become the most-watched first season of any series (including Game of Thrones) on HBO.
That said, expectations are high for the anticipated second season. After the android uprising in the season finale The Bicamel Mind, things are going to be a little different, especially for Dolores who led the uprising against the park’s mastermind Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins).
“Those final seconds [of Season 1], I think we were seeing a completely different side to her, completely different programming and completely off of her leash.” actress Evan Rachel Wood explained to EW. “I don’t think she will be the same person; she’ll be an evolved version.”
It sounds like there is going to be a lot more conflict in the second season. The show takes place in an amusement park populated by android hosts. Guests are welcome to indulge in whatever pleasure they please without retaliation. However, now that the androids have become self-aware, who knows where the series could go in the next season.
No More Confusing Timelines
But one thing is for sure: the multiple timelines will not be explored this time around. The first season left fans scratching their heads and grasping for a pen and paper in order to try to figure out what the heck is going on. But at that time, the multiple timelines were necessary to the narrative.
In an interview with TV Insider, executive producer Lisa Joy explained that the multiple timelines were included to reflect the confusion that Dolores felt. But now that the android is self-aware, the multiple timelines are no longer necessary in the current narrative.
Even if the formula in the first season worked so well, the people behind the critically-acclaimed thriller will not resort to repeating the same tricks over and over again. Instead, the series will employ another storytelling technique that might not be as complicated. Joy said Westworld Season 2 will “experiment in different point of views and different angles.” In addition, a previous report claimed that the second season will noticeably have a faster pacing.
Moreover, executive producer Jonathan Nolan promises that the questions left during the first season finale will eventually be answered, just not immediately. He said that the reveal of the entire world will be a “slow and steady pull out.”
He continued that in Season 1, viewers were gifted with only a glimpse of Westworld. However, as the narrative moves forward, a few other aspects will be opened like, for example, the “SW” and the hosts training in martial arts. Nolan joked that “SW” here means “Shogun World” before quickly adding “[n]ot that it’s in the show!”
Westworld Season 2 is not expected to pick up immediately after the events of the season finale. That means, there is going to be a bit of time jump in the premiere episode. But viewers will still see the aftermath of the android uprising.
Ed Harris, who played the role of the Man in Black, has confirmed that he will return in the second season. That means Jimmi Simpsons might not reprise his role as William.
HBO renewed Westworld in November 2016, but fans should not expect to see new episodes until 2018.
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