Things are getting even more violent on Westworld season 2, according to the showrunners behind the series. It's been almost a year since HBO's newest critical darling, Westworld, first graced the small screen in October 2016, and there are a number of months to go until the series is back for season 2. With the science-fiction/western thriller having now won five Emmy Awards out of a record 22 nominations for its first season (tying for the most with Saturday Night Live), buzz for the show's return is as high as ever. Filming on the highly-anticipated next chapter began back in July, with a tentative premiere date of spring 2018.
Season 1 of Westworld broke through television barriers with its use of music, visuals and acting to tell an intelligent and enthralling story that combined multiple genres. While Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan (brother of director Christopher Nolan) wasn't a stranger to shows about artificial intelligence after having worked on Person of Interest for five years, this was the first time his wife and co-creator Lisa Joy had worked on a sci-fi series. She received an Emmy nomination for her writing on Westworld, and next season she's set to jump into the directing chair for the first time.
On the red carpet at the 2017 Emmys ceremony, Joy revealed to TVLine’s Michael Ausiello that she is making her directorial debut with season 2, episode 4 of the HBO drama. As for what the episode will be like, her husband says Joy took the challenge and ran with it:
“You’ve made it far more violent and disturbing than we ever intended. It was quite a placid episode, and Lisa has kind of turned it into a bloodbath.” That's not to say that Joy wasn't nervous about taking the reins for the first time, as she joked with Ausiello that "It's like somebody handed me a Ferrari and said, 'Try driving it - don’t crash.'"
The two creators then went on to divulge a bit more about how season 2 will be different that the first installment, and it's what fans probably expected was coming next after the season 1 finale's cliffhanger. Whereas the first season of Westworld was all about getting to the point where the eponymous park's hosts would finally break free of their loops, the next season will see them on the flip side of awakening. Whereas everything was relatively calm as the tension continuously ramped up in season 1, the robots and the world will now have to deal with this new development.
Based on Joy and Nolan's comments about episode 4, conditions at the park are only going to get worse in season 2. The Westworld tie-in website has teased that the park's guests are going to be hunted by the hosts in the upcoming second season of the show. The Westworld season 2 trailer that debuted at San Diego Comic-Con further suggested that the guests are no longer safe in the park. Our next reveal of season 2 may come from New York Comic Con in early October, possibly revealing that Samurai World will be visited this season (as many fans are predicting). The sky's the limit for where the bold series can go next.
Westworld season 2 premieres on HBO in spring 2018.