The second season of HBO’s sci-fi robot drama “Westworld” is not slated to premiere until 2018, bringing more anticipation ever since HBO Programming President Casey Bloys announced that the series was picked up for an additional season.
Fans might be in for a surprise as the upcoming season will reportedly feature a new world and a completely different set of characters. The season finale hinted at the existence of worlds other than the titular Western-themed amusement park.
While making their escape from the park, Maeve, Armistice, Felix, and Hector come across a wing inside the Delos headquarters labeled, “SW,” which stands for Samurai World, as pointed out by Screen Rant. Inside the wing, we saw Samurai warriors fighting each other in what appeared to be a combat room.
This led many to believe that the upcoming cycle will take place in a fully-functional, immersive amusement park set in feudal Japan. Michael Crichton’s original 1973 film, from which the HBO series is adapted, also featured different worlds including a Roman and Medieval world.
“Westworld” showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy also teased the possibility of new worlds in future seasons while speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in December.
“I think the fun and challenge of this show is that season upon season, we’ll only get more ambitious,” Joy said. “We will ultimately encounter other worlds. Just when and where remains to be seen.”
If a new world is going to be added to the mix, it is highly likely that there will be a new set of characters to be introduced in the second season. In fact, Jimmi Simpson, who played the role of William on the show, recently revealed to GQ Magazine that he is not sure if his character will be a part of Season 2.
“So far, my involvement in [Season 2] is unclear. If they have more for William, I would assume it would be a whole new kind of story,” he said. “Because I feel like this story, the love affair [with Evan Rachel Wood’s character, Dolores], we know everything, we know what happens, we don’t have to belabor that point.”