The finale of Westworld Season 1 wrapped up several of the show’s many storylines while opening the door on a whole lot of tantalizing new possibilities for where the show could go in the future. With Season 2 not set to air until 2018, though, it’s a long wait for fans. Of course, the show’s creators are hard at work putting together the next set of episodes, a difficult task given the high expectations that will be placed on them.
As you would expect, folks associated with Westworld are being very tight-lipped about what will go down in Season 2, offering only vague hints. Although some have broken their silence. This Saturday at Paley Fest (via Deadline), Westworld producer Robert Patino, showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy and several stars including Ed Harris participated in a panel and did their best to field questions on what Season 2 will be about.
Patino and Nolan offered a general overview of what Season 2 will be like, teasing expansion and also mocking the rabidly theorizing fanbase:
Patino: “There will be a story, and it will f*ck with the metaphysical at some point.”
Nolan: “We’re writing right now — we’re terribly excited about what we’re writing. Reddit has already figured out the third episode twist, so we’re changing that right now.”
There’s no specifics, but what they’re saying suggests the creators are keen to up the ante. One area we will definitely see changes with are with the music – Season 1 famously used period covers of modern songs, and Joy said that, care of her and Nolan’s daughter’s viewing habits, “there may be a strange shoutout to a very kind of innocently joyful song, that we’ll take, and co-opt, and make dark.”
The biggest bit of info came from Ed Harris. At the end of last season, an escaping Maeve happened across the behind-the-scenes of another theme park, Samurai World, suggesting that like the original movie the show would soon explore new locations. Harris wasn’t so sure, with a statement that, while tongue-in-cheek, regardless lowers the chances of the show abandoning its Wild West theme for a trip to feudal Japan:
“It’s ‘Man in Black,’ not ‘Man in a Samurai suit’. Samurais don’t wear hats.”
Despite clear attempts to downplay the significance of those Samurai World teases, people will continue to wonder about and discuss the possibility of Westworld Season 2 branching out into other theme parks. At the end of the day, if HBO and Westworld didn’t want folks to talk about this stuff, they wouldn’t have put it in the show.
Other mysteries abound after the Westworld finale, but right now all we really know for sure about Season 2 is that Angela will be a bigger character. As the story develops, though, there’s sure to be more teases.