‘Westworld’ Season 2: Everything We Know So Far

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Does SW Stand for Samurai World or Shogun World?

In the season one finale of Westworld, we saw a new facility with an SW logo. The new facility featured hosts in samurai costumes practicing their sword fighting. Nolan has been asked if SW stands for Samurai world, and his response was “Stay tuned.” When EW asked if the S stood for Samurai or Shogun, Nolan responded: “Those are good guesses.”

HBO this week registered the domains ExploreSamuraiWorld.com and ExploreShogunWorld.com for potential viral sites to possibly use alongside ExploreWestworld.com. Registering both domain names seems non-commital or maybe complete misdirection.

About the Samurai/Shogun world, Jonathan Nolan says they chose to reveal that park next as it has “a very specific relation to the Western.”

Some of my favorite movies are the Sergio Leone adaptations of the Akira Kurosawa samurai films: The Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven. In the period when the Western was the biggest genre in the world, the interplay between Westerns and samurai films in the domestic market in Japan was really cool. On that meta level, those two genres have this almost incestuous relationship with each other. We just couldn’t resist.

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Season 2 Will Delve Further Into DELOS’ Secret Agenda

It’s not much of a secret that from the opening episode that DELOS, the company that owns Westworld, has another agenda with the theme park. Jonathan Nolan told Esquire they would delve into that in season two:

Well, we’ve left some questions on the table for the second season in terms of what Delos’ actual agenda with the park. We know from Tessa Thompson’s character, Charlotte Hale, that the theme park aspect of it is not the central moneymaker for them. Which, for us, mapped onto the slightly cynical moment we have in this age in which most of the services we avail ourselves online are free because the companies that are providing them are monetizing what we’re doing in other ways that are less transparent. Hopefully many interesting questions left for the audience going forward, but hopefully a lot of satisfying ones answered.

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Armistice Will Return

The after credits scene for the season one finale showed Armistice rip off her own arm which was trapped between a mechanical door. And Jonathan Nolan has confirmed Ingrid Bolsø Berdal will return as Armistice in season two, with a fleshed-out role.

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Who Will Be the Focus of Season 2?

Season one of Westworld ended with the hosts surrounding most of the human characters presumably slaughtered by the hosts. Of course, we don’t see this happen, so we don’t know that the people have been killed. When asked if the show will shift its focus to the hosts in season two with the humans relegated to either helper or adversary roles, Nolan gave the following response:

Not necessarily. One of the great things about this omnibus, ensemble storytelling that HBO has mastered is the ability to shift that perspective and find empathy for different people, and that’s something that we want to continue to play with throughout.

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We Will Eventually Figure Out Where Westworld Is Located

Since the first episode of this series, fans have been speculating about the location of Westworld. Some have theorized that the park is actually built on another planet, while others have suggested Antartica. In the finale, we learn that the train brings visitors to the “mainland,” a word that usually used in the context of being on an island. The one thing we do know for sure is the mystery is purposeful and will eventually be answered.

Lisa Joy has said that “part of the fun of figuring out where they are is something that we’re going to… it’ll be fun.” Talking with Vulture, Joy adds:

I would just put my faith in the hosts that they’re pretty crafty, and they’re pretty powerful, and their intellect is growing and growing. I would imagine that at least one, ultimately, gets a bigger look at the world. Who and when, … I can’t say.

Nolan has warned that they “don’t want to create the world’s largest mystery around it because we have equally interesting, or more interesting, character questions to ask.” He says that we are experiencing this place from the viewpoint of the hosts, and our worldview is limited to theirs: “They don’t know where they are yet. We tried teasing that in the finale, but it doesn’t seem fair that the audience would know if they don’t.”

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Ed Harris Will Return

While the Man in Black and the other DELOS investors and board members were surrounded by armed hosts in the season one finale, Ed Harris has confirmed that he will be involved in season two of Westworld. So we wonder if the Man in Black will be taken captive by the hosts or might he be on the run in Westworld from his new robot overlords?

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