Breaking Bad veteran Aaron Paul has joined the cast of HBO's Westworld for season 3. The sci-fi TV show started out as a small screen re-imagining of Michael Crichton's 1973 film about a futuristic adult-theme park gone rogue, but has since taken on a life all its own. Westworld season 2 only just aired this past spring (two years after its first season premiered) and - depending on who you ask - was either an ambitious attempt to seamlessly weave together multiple plot threads set in different timelines... or an unnecessarily convoluted exercise in trying to outsmart TV viewers in the age of Reddit fan theory forums.
Either way you cut it, Westworld is one of the more narratively complicated shows on television right now and will undoubtedly continue to be just that when it returns with its third season sometime within the next 1-2 years. Showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan have described Westworld season 3 as being a "radical shift" - albeit, one that will continue to explore the lives of the Hosts that reside within the eponymous park in new and (hopefully) exciting ways.
According to Deadline, Paul will be playing a new series regular on Westworld season 3 - though whether he's a human, a Host, or a Host who mistakenly believes themselves to be a human, remains to be seen. Since his days playing Jesse Pinkman, the actor has found room for a handful of movie roles in-between his guest-starring stint on the animated BoJack Horseman comedy series and his recurring role on the Hulu drama The Path (which finished its run this past spring). Paul will continue to build his TV acting resume with his upcoming roles in not only Westworld, but also the Apple anthology series Are You Sleeping?.
Westworld left some tantalizing story threads dangling in its season 2 finale, including a post-credits scene revealing that William aka. The Man in Black (Ed Harris) will finally become a Host himself, at some point in the show's future. Meanwhile, although the Host rebellion within Westworld has been quelled for the time being, the season 2 finale indicated that it won't be long before Hosts like Maeve (Thandie Newton) are up and running again... and who knows what they will remember, upon their return. If that wasn't enough, the season ended with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) escaping the park disguised as Westworld boss Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) and bringing several Host control units with her, Bernard's (Jeffrey Wright) included.
While it's possible Paul will play a new human addition in Westworld season 3, he could just as well end up playing one of the many Westworld Hosts (or a Host from another park) that viewers haven't been introduced to yet. He could even be playing a brand-new Host that's incorporated into the Westworld park to serve as the replacement for Teddy (James Marsden), who may be permanently gone after passing through The Door in season 2... or not. Whatever his role winds up being, Paul is very much a welcome addition to HBO's mind-bending murder robot series.
Westworld season 3 doesn't have a premiere date yet. We will let you know when that changes.