‘Westworld’ Season 2: Everything We Know So Far

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Now that we’ve had enough time to digest the Westworld season one finale, I wanted to take a look towards Westworld season 2. What do we know about the second season of this hit HBO series? I took a deep dive into interviews with Westworld co-creators and showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, as well as chats with the series’ stars Evan Rachel Wood, Jimmi Simpson and Anthony Hopkins, a Facebook live Q&A as well as HBO’s ARG website and marketing materials.

In total, I swam through over two dozen different sources to uncover everything we know about Westworld season 2. So what did I find out? Hit the jump to board the train to Sweetwater.

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Westworld‘s first season ended on Sunday and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about that wild, weird, and mentally discombobulating 90-minute finale. No show since Game of Thrones has commanded so much of my attention and no series since Lost has seen my falling down so many rabbit holes of discussion. I’m not sure if I’m ready to call it the best show on television right now, but it is certainly the most show on television right now, jamming more ideas and concepts into single episodes than most series can manage in their entire runs. It’s something special.

And while we begin the long and agonizing wait for season two (which is looking to arrive in 2018 at the earliest), Ramin Djawadi‘s complete score for the first season, along with all of those piano covers of pop songs, has arrived online to stream and purchase.

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In the first episode of HBO’s Westworld, Louis Herthum‘s android character Peter Abernathy discovers a mysterious photo in the dirt. The photo, which showed a woman standing in front of Times Square, should have been something that the host was programmed not to see. But instead the photo apparently sparked a critical malfunction. Why this happened, we don’t quite know yet (or will we ever know?) but the photo took on a larger meaning later in the season.

You might be surprised to learn that the Times Square photo was actually a stock image licensed by Getty Images and not an image of an actress taken specifically for the series. And this stock photo have led some Westworld fanatics to a new conspiracy theory. Find out more about the Westworld Times Square photo mystery, after the jump.

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In this edition of Westworld Bits:

  • How many viewers watched season one and its finale.
  • Actor Jimmi Simpson discusses the events of the series finale.
  • Why HBO sees Westworld as one of their essential “building blocks.”
  • Ed Harris‘ reaction to the Maze.
  • Fanmade Westworld posters and more.

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I’m still trying to recover from that fantastic Westworld season one finale. A lot of people watching the series are likely not paying attention to the incredible Westworld website that HBO has constructed that takes you inside the world of the show. An update occurred after the finale that gives us a bunch of hints at the future of the show, and may finally reveal what year this story takes place in. Hit the jump to dive in.

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Westworld‘s 90-minute season finale delivered the goods, answering the most pressing questions, providing dramatic closure to the major characters, and still finding several opportunities to turn this entire weird world on its head and set up a very different second season. And while this is the rare Westworld episode to shut more doors than it opens, I still have ten questions to ask before we begin the long wait for more of 2016’s most intriguing and frustrating and entertaining new show.

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In this edition of Westworld Bits:

  • Watch HBO’s featurette on “The Well-Tempered Clavier.”
  • Jeffrey Wright talks about the surprising developments surrounding his character.
  • Director Michelle MacLaren talks about making those big plot twists happen.
  • Jimmi Simpson pays coy about his involvement in season 2.
  • Ben Barnes promises a terrifying season finale.
  • What we know about the Westworld timeline, laid out in photos and charts.
  • The Westworld theme music recreated in 8-Bit.
  • How a name on a door fulfills an early fan theory.
  • It looks like a few fun easter eggs were slipped into the background of some shots…

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Westworld Timeline

Nine episodes into Westworld season one and it should be clear to even the least attentive viewer that we are seeing more than one time period cut together. And those of you who have fallen down the rabbit hole of Westworld theories have a much clearer understanding of the chronology of everything we’ve seen thus far, but being a Nolan-produced series, its all a bit complicated. Thankfully someone has put together an extensive chronological timeline to help us understand the when and where of it all. Hit the jump to jump into the Westworld timeline.

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‘Westworld’ Season Finale Reveals Images and Synopsis

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There are a few larger points to be made about Westworld. We can discuss how thrilling genre entertainment for adults has become increasingly in short supply on the big screen but has found a home on television. We can talk about how truly weird it is that someone made a TV adaptation of a 1973 Michael Crichton movie and how it’s astonishing that it’s any good at all, let alone pretty great. We can debate whether or not those who watch the show for its mysteries and plot twists can ever get along with those who watch it for its thematic resonance and cultural commentary.

But we’ll talk about those later. Right now, we need to take a look at the official synopsis and first stills from the final episode of the first season.

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As Westworld heads for its season one finale, the theory mill is slowing down a bit, but we’re left wondering how it will end and what the second season might look like. So I have rounded up some new Westworld theories for you to consider before the finale airs this weekend. In today’s Westworld theories, we consider whether the Bernard/Ford confrontation really went down like we think it did, where Elsie may be, if Charlotte is more than she appears to be, the real meaning behind that photo found in the park, and Ford’s new and final narrative. All this and more, in today’s Westworld Theories.

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