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The second season of the genre-bending HBO drama from creators Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy is officially looking down the barrel of a premiere date: April 22. As with the first season, the next iteration of Westworld will clock in at 10 episodes total, with several returning series regulars from season one, including Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores), Thandie Newton (Maeve), Jeffrey Wright (Bernard), Ed Harris (the Man in Black) and more. Following the violent season one finale, the sophomore drama stands ready to push the sci-fi Western into bold new territory, ushering an era of chaos into a world that was once deemed a safe (or “safe enough,” at least) fantasy realm for human guests.
With season two’s premiere officially close at hand, here’s everything we know about what’s next for Westworld, so far. (This page will be updated as more details come to light.)
What’s Next for the Theories?
Whatever comes next in the story of Westworld, it’s very likely the eagle-eyed fans who post on social media platforms such as Reddit will crack the code before the show’s reveals. Such was the case for many of the big twists in season one, most notably the shared connection between Simpson and Harris’ different versions of the Man in Black. The detective work conducted within the Westworld fandom won’t have an impact on how Nolan and Joy plan to tell their future stories, however, as Nolan curtly told THR in 2016: “We’re not going to change the way we make the show.”
He continued: “I love the community on Reddit who spends their time picking the show apart. I’ve been a part of that site for a long time and it’s a great site. It represents a very small portion of the audience that wants to engage very aggressively with the story that’s being told, because it’s part of the enjoyment for them, and that’s awesome. And for the general audience, I hope next season people will be careful to avoid spoilers, and maybe in writing about the show, understanding the difference between a theory and a spoiler, which is complicated itself. But it’s incredibly gratifying to see this many people engaging with what we’re making.”
What are your hopes for Westworld season two? Sound off in the comments section below, and keep checking THR.com/Westworld for more coverage of the series.
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