It’s still hard to imagine that we won’t be getting Season 2 of HBO’s Westworld this year. As disappointing as that sounds, Season 2 will premiere sometime in 2018. And though the show is currently in production, the cast and crew of Westworld were at SDCC this weekend to “talk” about what they’ve been up to. They even had some new footage to show in a new trailer. Check it out here below.
Fans of the show will recognize the player piano tune that appears at the start of the trailer. These are a staple of the show, and often are used as a musical cue of sorts. As spool starts to spin slowly, we see smears of blood splattered all over the paper. Some of it is fresh, some of it is turned brown.
We then see a pensive Arnold (Jeffery Wright) looking down at one of Westworld’s riverbanks. But the trailer then cuts to see what he’s looking at, and it’s something that doesn’t quite fit in a world of cowboys and Indians. He’s looking at a tiger. I mean, what’s a tiger doing in Westworld?
In another scene, a guest is hanging from his ankles. As he is swaying from side to side, he is desperately reaching for a gun in hopes that he can escape before his captors arrive.
After that, the trailer shows the backstage of Westworld. Apparently, things are still in chaos after the hosts gained sentient consciousness. Bodies are scattered everywhere and rooms are lit with a bright red warning light. Amidst the chaos Lee (Simon Quarterman) looks shocked, and Maeve (Thandie Newton), who is right beside him, glares at him. It’s not clear how this alliance is made.
That’s when the trailer moment appears. We see park guests running for their lives as Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Teddy (James Marsden) gun them down while on horseback. One can’t help but be troubled as Dolores shoots these guests down with a terrifying grin on her face. The trailer then takes us to a quick shot of dead guests or hosts in a casino.
Another scene has us looking at the Westworld security detail riding in dune buggies, and in the back of one of them is Arnold.
The final shot takes a look at William aka the Man in the Black Hat. As he puts his hat on his head, we see blood on his face. Though he has that cold emotionless look on his face, he starts to smile as if he got what he really wanted. And of course, since music plays a pivotal role on the show, it’s important to note that the song being played in the trailer is Sammy Davis Jr.’s “I Gotta Be Me.” Considering that there is absolutely no dialogue in this trailer, it’s using the song as a metaphor for hosts gaining a consciousness and a personality.
Because Westworld has only been shooting for a week, this is all we have to go on. But it does leave us with a lot more burning questions. How does Maeve returning to Westworld play a role in Season 2 if she was programmed to leave the park? Where is the one-armed Armistice (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal)? What about that Samurai world? The park seems to be dense and layered – kinda like Dante’s Inferno – just as you liked to think you figured it all out, there is more to it. Every new room reveals a new mystery.
So it should be fun to see how many answers we get to these and other questions we have and how many more new mysteries and questions will be revealed in season 2.