Several returning characters have been confirmed for Westworld season 2 - but will they all be in one piece? Westworld season 1 involved a literal maze of mysteries, culminating in the status quo of the series being upended. As such, it's been difficult to theorize what the shape of the new season will be when it premieres in April. What's clear from the Westworld season 2 trailer, however, is that it should be just as twisting and disorienting as last time.
Like Lost before it, Westworld has laid out a world of shifting morals, multiple timelines, and various versions of the same character. Because of that, it could find itself in a position with too many mysteries and not enough answers. But for now, it looks like fans will be getting more insight, not questions to ponder. The Man in Black's backstory will be unraveled further when the show returns, as will those for certain other characters - including at least one who is no longer alive in the show's present day.
EW has a rundown of many of the cast and characters returning for season 2 of Westworld, and they include a younger version of Anthony Hopkins' Robert Ford. Also set to return are The Man in Black (Ed Harris) and his younger self William (Jimmi Simpson), along with Elsie Hughes (Shannon Woodward), Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth), Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson), Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman), Peter Abernathy (Louis Herthum), and Clementine Pennyfeather (Angela Sarafyan).
We also know from the trailer that Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), Maeve (Thandie Newton), and Arnold (Jeffrey Wright) will all be back. Ben Barnes is also confirmed to return as Logan in Westworld season 2. While many of these characters were expected to return for season 2, it is somewhat surprising to hear that Sizemore, Hughes, and Stubbs are all coming back. Sizemore, it turns out, is now a prisoner of Maeve, while Hughes and Stubbs will be exposed to the dark side of Westworld in season 2. Similarly, Hale will be at the mercy of the hosts following the rebellion last season.
In the midst of the new story, Abernathy will play a key role given his connection to Dolores - and last we saw, he was leaving the park. Speaking of life outside the park, the focus on William, Logan, and young Ford in season 2 should give us a better idea of what life beyond Westworld is like. So far, we've only seen the hub where Westworld is run and gotten a tease of other parks like Samurai World. Thankfully, it sounds like that will change when the show returns.
Westworld season 2 premieres Sunday, April 22 on HBO.