Season 3 of Westworld will be easier to follow than the last two seasons. HBO found its possible next hit series in 2016 with an updated take on Westworld. Created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the series quickly found a passionate following. This was not by accident either, as Westworld's complicated structure gave viewers a reason to dive deep into the story at hand. Set in the Wild West park, the series has mostly focused on Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) learning about humanity and breaking free.
The fanbase found in season one made the sophomore episodes all-the-more anticipated, but it wasn't met with the same overwhelming acclaim. One of the biggest criticisms of season two was what made season one so special, the multiple-perspective story. This storytelling structure became convoluted in the second season, and resulted in many viewers, and even the show's star, being confused by what was happening. Many worried that the confusion would continue into season 3, but that won't be the case.
In an interview with EW, Nolan addressed the status of the highly-secretive third season. He confirmed that the new season of Westworld picks up shortly after where season 2 ended, with Dolores outside of the park. A a new look at Dolores out on her own is included below. Additionally, Nolan said that the plot will be easier to follow compared to last season, thanks to the desire to keep evolving the show.
This is season is a little less of a guessing game and more of an experience with the hosts finally getting to meet their makers... I love shows that find a groove and hang with it for 100 episodes — that was never this show. We always wanted every season to find our characters in radically different circumstances. And with a cast this talented, watching the metamorphosis of all these characters is one of the most fun parts.
Nolan didn't address if the pushback on season 2 had any hand in the decision to change Westworld for its third season. For what its worth, this change likely wasn't a mandate from HBO as a response to the buzz, as HBO's President of Programming, Casey Bloys, previously defended the complexity of the series. For Nolan's part, he said last fall that season 3 would be a "radical shift" in the direction of the story, and it appears that shift will also come with a more digestible structure. Some hardcore fans may balk at this change, but a slightly more straightforward story can still leave room for surprises.
That could be easier to do for Westworld at this stage too, since so little is known about season 3. The first teaser trailer arrived earlier this year, but was entirely focused on the slightly futuristic Los Angeles that Aaron Paul's character, revealed in this interview to be a construction worker named Jacob, inhabits before Dolores briefly appears. Since this interview was done in the lead up to San Diego Comic-Con, and with a Westworld season 3 panel set, hopefully, it'll deliver plenty of new details and maybe even another trailer.