Westworld is preparing to open its doors to visitors once more! The hit HBO series concluded its first season in December 2016, and since then fans have clamored to find out what happens next in the futuristic theme park now overrun by its self-aware android Hosts.
At long last, fans received a full trailer offering a look at Westworld season 2. HBO purchased their first Super Bowl trailer in 20 years to officially announce the return to Westworld. Directed by series co-creator and showrunner Jonathan Nolan himself, the trailer contained tantalizing moments with the series core characters like Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), Bernard (Jeffrey Wright), Maeve (Thandie Newton), and The Man In Black (Ed Harris) sure to ignite a new wave of fan theories.
What is your itinerary? To don your black or white hat and go deeper into the all-new maze of season 2.
This Page: Welcome back to Westworld
“This Beautiful World”
The trailer begins with gorgeous establishing shots of the vistas of Westworld, including a shot of a Ghost Nation warrior Host on horseback, with Dolores Abernathy delivering a voice-over narration. Dolores, of course, is the ideal vessel to speak with her new perspective on Westworld, as season one’s crux was the oldest Host in the park unlocking her own self-awareness and becoming fully sentient. None of the hosts see Westworld as clearly as Dolores does now:
Look at this world. This beautiful world. We built this world together. A world where dreams come true. A world where you can be free. But this world is a lie…
We see a close-up shot of an adult hand holding a child’s hand. This is Maeve and her daughter. Like Dolores, Maeve also gained sentience during season 1 and sought to escape the confines of the park and see the human world beyond. After a brutally violent escape from Westworld, Maeve received the coordinates of where the Host who was once programmed to be her daughter was located in the park. Maeve then left the train from Westworld and re-entered the park to find her daughter. It seems they are reunited in season 2, but under what circumstances – and whether the daughter remembers Maeve as her ‘mother’ – we’ve yet to learn.
In Westworld, the androids aren’t limited to the humanoid Hosts. All of the animals are also constructs. Shots of bulls stampeding in the park shift to unfinished bull androids charging at armed Westworld security. This seems to indicate the violence in Westworld won’t be limited to the Hosts that walk on two legs. Perhaps all of the androids will rebel against their human creators. The park is clearly out of control and all of Westworld is bound for a revolution with the hosts taking over.
We see a shot of Bernard leading a group to a cliff overlooking a lake in the park, and later a close up of Bernard looking distressed with an unfinished Host skeleton behind him. Bernard was revealed to be a Host version of Arnold, the deceased original creator of Westworld’s Hosts. Bernard gained knowledge of who and what he is at the end of season 1, and it was Arnold who created ‘the maze’ for Dolores to follow that would ultimately free her from the memory loop she was trapped in so she could gain self-awareness. Here, Bernard is with a group of Westworld security so it seems that Bernard’s true nature is unknown to the humans who run the park – but for how long?
We see a brief shot of a grey-haired man bound and gagged in a chair and surrounded by Westworld security. This is Peter Abernaty (Louis Herthum), the Host cast as Dolores father. Why is he being restrained? Meanwhile, the upper right corner, the head of what resembles the younger version of Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins), Westworld’s founder and chief creative force, is visible. Ford was murdered (by his own design) by Dolores at the end of season 1, but it’s possible Dolores killed a Host and we haven’t truly seen the last of Ford. As for this moment, the younger Ford seems to indicate this is a flashback – but to what?
A New Narrative?
There’s a shot of a horse leaving a fort with a line of armed Civil War-costumed Host soldiers in formation. Could this be the start of a new narrative? After the massacre that occurred at the end of season 1, is the park even open to new visitors? Or are the Hosts creating their own narratives?
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