HBO unveiled a brand-new trailer for Westworld season 3 during its panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan's TV adaptation of Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi film made quite the splash when it premiered in 2016, prompting much in the way of fan theories with its clever plot twists and intricate themes about consciousness and morality. Season 2 was even more experimental with its narrative structure, but was criticized for trying so hard to stay one step ahead of audiences that it ended up being confusing for its own sake.
Westworld's showrunners have already offered their assurances that season 3 will be easier to follow, with Nolan describing it as "less of a guessing game and more of an experience". They've also indicated that this new season will be radically different from its predecessors, now that Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) has left her futuristic wild west theme park home behind and ventured out into the real-world. And so far, the marketing for season 3 - including, the preview that premiered today - has supported that idea.
The new trailer for Westworld season 3 is now online, following its debut in Hall H at SDCC earlier today. You can check it out in the space below.
Among other things, season 3 promises to challenge Dolores' beliefs about humanity by bringing her face to face with those in the real-world who cannot afford to go to Westworld and its sibling parks. Viewers got a taste of that back in May, when HBO dropped the first Westworld season 3 teaser ahead of the Game of Thrones finale. The video introduced Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul as Caleb, an L.A. construction worker who tries to make extra money on the side by carrying out robberies with the new characters played by Lena Waithe and Marshawn Lynch.
The SDCC trailer builds on that by revealing more about what happens when Dolores meets Caleb, while at the same time teasing the new villain played by Vincent Cassel and catching up with Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Thandie Newton's Maeve (who appears to be in a WWII-themed park now). By the look of things, Westworld will deal with issues like the wealth gap for the first time in season 3, as Dolores comes to realize that Westworld's hosts aren't the only ones who're struggling and looked down upon by the wealthiest people in the world. Joy has further announced that season 3 will start off in the immediate aftermath of the massacre in Westworld in season 2, so it will be interesting to see how the series splits its focus between the park(s) and Dolores' journey in the modern-day wild west from here.
Westworld season 3 premieres on HBO in 2020.