westworld season 2 will time jump

Westworld‘s overlapping timelines created an intriguing maze for viewers to solve in the first season, but showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy — who are in the midst of writing the next season that is set to air in 2018 — say that they don’t plan to revisit the multiple timeline format for the second season.

Instead, season 2 will see a time jump, and won’t take place immediately after the events of the season 1 finale. The big question is which direction that time jump will take.

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Westworld free will

I found the first season of HBO’s Westworld to be intriguing and full of potential, but for me, it was ultimately more frustrating than satisfying. The concept, production design, and look of the show were all fantastic, but the way it purposefully withheld information as it attempted to preserve its big reveal rubbed me the wrong way. Thankfully, the showrunners appeared at this year’s PaleyFest and implied that their approach is going to be a little different in the second season. And in addition to those comments, they also revealed which host character was the first to exercise free will – and it may not be who you think. Read More »

‘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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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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Westworld season two

Season one of Westworld only concluded last night, and we won’t see season two for a while, but co-creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan are already fielding questions regarding the second season. Which characters are returning? Will the series stay in Westworld? What’s next for the hosts? The creators behind HBO’s hit remake of Michael Crichton‘s film answer these questions as honestly as you think they would.

Below, learn more about Westworld season two (SPOILERS for season one).

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westworld finale

Westworld is a show that’s raised more than a few questions in its first season. Fans have gone wild with all sorts speculation and fan theories, placing some of the show’s tiniest details under a microscope. With the upcoming Westworld season one finale, most of the hit series’ questions will get answered, according to creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.

Below, learn more about the Westworld season one finale.

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westworld painting

Westworld crossed a point of no return with its most recent episode, dropping a game-changing revelation and removing a key player from the chess board altogether. And in real Westworld fashion, each answer only inspires new questions, deepening the rabbit hole and giving fans more material to explore.

While the biggest mysteries remain unsolved, showrunner Jonathan Nolan has gone ahead and answered one of the show’s most minor and inconsequential questions in a surprising and humorous way.

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Since Westworld began airing, one of the biggest logistical questions fans have had about the show is: where is Westworld located? In our first dive into Westworld theories, we considered a possible mindblowing twist about the location of this immersive western theme park. As the story has continued and we have adventured into the far reaches of the park, we are just now getting an idea of just how huge this park is. And now showrunner Jonathan Nolan speaks up about the park’s location, answering some questions while presenting more mysteries.

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westworld dialogue tree

I hope you’ve been enjoying our coverage of HBO’s Westworld half as much as we’ve been enjoying this show. Earlier today I posted our weekly Westworld theory article, if you haven’t checked it out yet, please do — it’s packed with interesting ideas, analysis, and tidbits. But for now, we should get to some news bits we were unable to cover in Westworld Bits. Primarily, how Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar influenced Westworld, and in particular, a moment in this week’s episode. Also, you can learn about that and also read about a cool Westworld deleted scene which didn’t make it into the show which gives us a deeper look at Doctor Ford’s backstory.

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Westworld movie

Before HBO began airing Westworld, rumor had it that it might somehow be a sequel to the 1973 film Westworld written and directed by Michael Crichton. As the series geared up, it seemed pretty obvious that the show, created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, was its own thing. But what if it isn’t?

What if the Bad Robot-produced Westworld TV series is actually a sequel to the 1973 Westworld movie? It’s a crackpot theory, I know. I won’t even suggest I believe it. But there is a bunch of evidence to point us in this direction. Or is it really evidence? Are they just fun Easter eggs for fans of the original movie? Hit the jump, grab a cocktail at the Mesa bar and join me as we explore this possibility.

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