‘Westworld’ Season 2: Everything We Know So Far

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Don’t Assume Any Character Won’t Return

When asked if there is anyone that is definitely not coming back for season 2, Nolan told EW the following:

Again, I think with this show we like surprising people. And we like playing with them. We’ve established the show can track forward and backward in time. … As we’ve established, the hosts can’t distinguish their memories and realities. There is always an opportunity to revisit some of these characters.

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The Hosts Coming Out of the Woods Are Not As Evolved As Dolores

Lisa Joy told TV Line that the hosts that came out of the woods at the end of the season one finale aren’t as developed as Dolores. They are just following Ford’s final narrative.

They were the hosts that had been stored in cold storage, so we know that those hosts, having been retired, had the drill bit up the nose. You can expect that they certainly aren’t as immediately present as Dolores is right now.

So expect Louis Herthum’s Peter Abernathy, Angela Sarafyan’s Clementine Pennyfeather, and possibly Old Bill are included in that mob.

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Are Elsie and Stubbs Alive?

A code hidden in the official in-game Westworld website led fans to some evidence that Elsie might still be alive. A video file showing that Elsie’s diagnostic tablet is located in Sector 20, the same area that Stubbs went to investigate in “The Well-Tempered Clavier” to find her when he was notified of the same GPS ping sent from her device. Unfortunately, Stubbs was captured by the Ghost Nation tribe. The second link brings us to a brief audio clip of Elsie saying, “Hello?”

Could this be a hint that Shannon Woodward‘s character Elsie is still alive? We’ve theorized in the past that Ford would have had no reason to kill the character as the information she was chasing seemed in his benefit.

Joy has admitted that there were “early incarnations where we tied up” the arcs of Elsie and Stubs in the finale, where they “elucidated their fate more explicitly.” As for their fates, Joy says “we know where they’re going and we’ll get there.” Nolan in a separate interview admits that this is one of the things they plan to “circle back to and tee up for next season,” adding, “We can’t leave that story hanging.”

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How Far Along Are They in Development For Season 2?

As we know, production of Westworld shut down half-way through filming the first season to allow the showrunners to map out an arc for the entire series, which we’ve heard they hope to tell over “the next 5 or 6 years” of the series. As of the airing of the Westworld season one finale, they were already in a writers room for ten weeks working on scripts and outlines for season 2. Nolan told Esquire: “We got down a general structure for what we wanted the first three seasons to look like way back when, and we’ve been in with the writers for about ten weeks.”

Lisa Joy commented to THR, “we have broad strokes for the entire season and are now working on specific episodes.” She told Variety that “It’s looking good” and “It’s looking very ambitious.” And by that, she means, “There’s some surprises and bits of it that you won’t see coming.”

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Filming Will Begin in Summer 2017

Ed Harris has said the plan is to start shooting Westworld season two sometime in June or July 2017. Apparently they are going to “spend more time [filming] in Utah next season,” a month compared to the two weeks they filmed on location for the first season.

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When Will Season 2 Be Released?

Westworld season 2 won’t air until 2018 at very earliest. Nolan has said that this time around they want to finish writing all of the scripts before shifting gears into production, which is the same way Game of Thrones is produced. Season one of Westworld was produced more traditionally, with writing happening at the same time as production, with the next episodes being written while they shot the current episode. The result means that we will not get a new season of Westworld on a yearly basis.

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