In just a few short weeks, production will begin on season 2 of HBO's Westworld. Along with Stranger Things, Westworld was one of last year's most buzzed about shows. From a captivating look at personhood to the exploration of human emotions, the show pushed deep into the uncanny valley with a complex mythology and unique setting. Blending Lost with Deadwood, the show managed to hit a number of genre buttons at once, all while setting up a series that could last for years. And with the shocking finale last year, the story is just getting started.
Last week, the title of the first episode of season 2 was teased, hinting that production would be starting soon. It also let fans know that despite a time jump when the series returns, the aftermath of the finale would be playing a crucial role. Following the death of Ford and the uprising of the robots, it's hard to imagine things going back to normal in the park. But as the Jurassic Park franchise has shown us, things going off the rails is only the beginning. Once the show starts filming, we should learn even more about the plot, and we won't have to wait much longer.
My Entertainment World is reporting that season 2 of Westworld is all set to begin production on July 10 in Moab, Utah and Santa Clarita, California. Moab, of course, is used for all the Western scenes inside the park, especially the idyllic establishing shots. Santa Clarita, meanwhile, allows more sets to be built, including the main offices of Delos.
While more action inside the park and Delos is guaranteed, fans are also hoping to see more of the real world. So far, our only hints have been some scenes in a parking garage where a highway is visible and teases of a bigger world are offered. While the Delos scenes offer us some insight into the reality of Westworld, it would still be fascinating to see what the rest of the futuristic society looks like.
We'll have to wait to learn if we'll move beyond the locales of season 1 and what new characters will be joining the show. In the meantime, we know at least some of the people who will be returning. Stubbs, Angela, and Peter Abernathy will all see their roles expanded in the new season. Dolores, meanwhile, will be doing some evolving of her own following her actions in the finale.
With so much lore already established, Westworld has a number of avenues it could explore next year. From other parks to new characters to the real world, it's anyone's guess as to where the story will head when it returns. Luckily, with filming right around the corner, we should know more very soon.
Westworld season 2 will premiere on HBO in 2018.
Source: My Entertainment World