‘Westworld’ Season 2: Everything We Know So Far

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Will Dolores Go Full Wyatt in Season 2?

We have no idea what Dolores might be like in the second season. Will she be more like the Dolores we met at the beginning of the season, or more angry and violent like we saw in the finale? Joy says that is something we’ll come to see, and something that Dolores will also come to find also.

If you’ve been subjected to the violence and seen the evil Dolores has seen, the pendulum wouldn’t swing the other way, as we see it starting to do in the finale. But there’s a point, too, where I think selfhood transcends the reactionary. The question will be when the dust settles and the pendulum stops swinging, who will Dolores be?

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Will Jimmi Simpson Return as William?

In Westworld season one, Jimmi Simpson played William, a character who was revealed to be the 30-years-younger version of Ed Harris‘ Man in Black. So now that we are past the flashbacks, many fans have wondered if Simpson will reprise his role in some way. The show could feature more flashbacks or possibly William could be turned into a host (remember, those Westworld contracts require guests to sign away their DNA to DELOS). But if you ask the actor, you get three different answers.

Simpson told The Insider that “I definitely do not know that I am returning.” But in a separate interview with Vanity Fair, Simpson simply said “no” when asked if he was coming back: “My William has served his purpose. As of now, I’ll be done at the end of season one.”

And in a third interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Simpson was asked the same question and gave the following answer: “Well, you know. Nothing’s permanent. I’m not contracted to go back, but I’m sure there’s a possibility.” Asked by THR whether he feels like there’s more to do with the character, Simpson responded:

Certainly, William kept going back to the park during all those years … There are certainly stories they could tell. Based on these writers’ skills, if it was their intention for young William to return, I know that he would be there for solid and interesting reasons. But I think this story is told, the story of William and Dolores’ love affair. I think that story, tragically, has been told.

When the showrunners were enquired about the prospect of Simpson and Ben Barnes returning as William and Logan, Nolan would only answer, “I would say assume nothing with this show.”

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We Will See Other DELOS Worlds

The season finale of Westworld introduced the idea that DELOS also operates other theme parks. We see a backstage area with Samurai warriors, and it looks like we’ll eventually encounter other worlds as well. Joy says that “the fun and challenge of this show is that season upon season, we’ll only get more ambitious.” And that they will “ultimately encounter other worlds,” it’s “just when and where remains to be seen.” Nolan added that there are multitudes of “other places here” that “we hope to explore that in the seasons going forward.”

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Season Two Will Move at Warp Speed

One complaint some viewers had about the first season was that it started off a bit slowly. Evan Rachel Wood has teased that season 2 will move a lot faster:

I know a little about what’s coming in Season 2. I know how our ending for Season 1 will segue into Season 2 and… wow. That’s all I can say. I think it was always that Season 1 was going to be this backstory and set up — getting to know the park and characters. I think Season 2 is really going to be warp speed. The show might really start in Season 2.

I wonder if we could possibly see a jump forward in time.


Season Two Will Explore the Robots’ Needs

During the first season, Nolan was asked about how the Hosts are powered. He couldn’t provide an answer, but only because he says that will be a key element that will be explored in season 2:

Their construction and their power source is something we’re really going to get into during season 2. So we’d like to keep that mysterious. They’re closer to biological than they are to mechanical, but they don’t suffer brain death the same way we do. They’re largely indistinguishable from a human beings, but their brains don’t require oxygen — which opens up interesting possibilities. Their brains are not as fragile as ours. On one hand, their cognition is controllable and malleable, but on a structural level they can’t be killed in the same way you and I can. There are advantages and disadvantages to being a host. Season 2 we’ll be exploring more the nuts and bolts of what they are— as the hosts themselves are trying to understand.

While they can’t suffer brain death, it makes me wonder what kind of resource is required to keep them operational. And will we learn that they need the humans to facilitate this resource?

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We Will Learn How Many Other Worlds Exist

This is probably most evident. The Westworld season one finale introduced us to the idea that Westworld is “Park 1,” with us getting a glimpse of another theme park, SW, featuring samurai warriors. Lisa Joy says that “how many other worlds and what is the nature of the other worlds is something we’ll start to explore more in season 2.” Nolan says that the second season is “about opening up the world a little bit, as the hosts start discovering it.”

That was the idea from the beginning: We only know what the hosts know. As the scope opens up in the second season, we’ll see more, but Westworld remains the center of our narrative. That’s the title of the show and that’s what we’re doing, so that will remain the center and heart of what we’re doing. But we’re going to see the hosts start to realize and almost be offended by this notion: ‘Wait, we’re not the only ones here? There’s more?’

Nolan has also revealed that Ford “has had a great deal of sway over everything we’re seeing,” including these new parks.

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