When season 2 of Westworld debuts, it might just include a variety of new parks for Delos’ customers. Coming from the minds of Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight, Person of Interest), Lisa Joy (Burn Notice, Pushing Daisies), and J.J. Abrams, it’s hardly surprising that Westworld was yet another hit for HBO. And while the series has its detractors, it’s still managed to captivate audiences and work its way into pop culture during its brief life.
Next spring, Westworld will return for an all new season set to explore the bloody fallout of last season’s rebellion. We’ll enter a new status quo for a number of returning characters, explore the concepts of personhood even further as the Hosts start to evolve, and we may even glimpse some new parks. While much of season 1 focused on Delos’ Westworld park, a samurai-themed world was teased in the last episode. As it turns out, it may not be the only other park.
While appearing at the Vanity Fair Summit (via Deadline), Nolan and Joy talked a little about their hopes and fears when it comes to A.I. They were also asked why Roman and Medieval parks didn’t appear in season 1, with Nolan stating, “We had to save something for season 2.”
Along with the Western park, Roman and Medieval Worlds were a part of the 1973 film version of Westworld. To keep things simple, however, season 1 of the show focused on its namesake. It did provide plenty of hints about the outside world, though, and it only makes sense the fairly successful Westworld would have sibling attractions.
We’ve heard in the past that Roman and Medieval parks won’t be in the show. Even Samurai World may not return. Considering all of that, Nolan could have been joking in his response. Then again, it’s clear that a series as packed with mystery as Westworld is wouldn’t limit themselves to one setting. While we’re unlikely to get a deep dive into any of the other parks, it makes narrative sense to explore different settings and types of Hosts.
All that said, the concepts teased out in season 1 could sustain the show for at least another season before the larger world would need to be opened up. HBO could even have spinoffs in mind with the other parks. With Westworld returning in 2018, we shouldn’t have to wait much longer to learn some new information.
Westworld season 2 premieres on HBO in spring 2018.
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