In classic #Westworld style, HBO has confirmed a second season with this week's 'Discover Westworld' Easter Egg.
A fictional company website designed to give potential "newcomers" information on the park and Delos Incorporated, Discover Westworld's weekly Easter Eggs are found by prompting specific responses from the site's chat bot Aeden, or in hidden videos. While they're usually quite cryptic, this week's video was less mystery, more promo. HBO later tweeted the video in an official announcement.
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The renewal of HBO's latest smash hit was inevitable, with rave reviews and ratings through the roof. HBO Programming president Casey Bloys predicts that the massive scope of the show's production means we wont see Season 2 until "sometime in 2018". With each episode bringing crazier twists than the last, and our understanding of reality being constantly undermined, Westworld is difficult to predict. Considering what we already know about the story with three episodes still remaining in the season, what can we forecast for Season 2?
Arnold and Ford Origin Story
With just three episodes left in Season 1, it's unlikely we'll get the whole story on Arnold and Ford's bromance before the season wraps. Granted, an entire origin season would probably be overkill— not to mention the most annoying cliffhanger since #TheWalkingDead's unforgivable Lucille incident (and I'm not just talking about the head squishing). But surely a few flashbacks wouldn't hurt?
After all, there are so many unanswered questions about the dynamic duo. How did they start the park? Was the nature of their relationship strictly business, or were they the kind of buddies to indulge in Friday night karaoke and craft beer? Did Ford fake the photo of Arnold on his desk, which clearly shows his father? If so, why is a mastermind scientist like Ford so bad at Photoshop? The people demand answers, HBO.
Michael Crichton's original film contained not one, but three parks: West World, Roman World, and Medieval World. The whole Roman-thing isn't exactly selling anymore, but you know what is? Medieval stuff. And it's selling like Hot Pie's direwolf cakes.
HBO has been teasing a potential #GameOfThrones prequel, and what better way to honor this mighty saga than throw a few cyborgs in to the mix? Hell, it could even combine with the Ford/Arnold origins angle. Dragons and White Walkers were a bit too pricey to maintain, and the guests kept complaining about the cold, so they decided to scrap the project for a cheaper, warmer setting.
Or maybe HBO could take a leaf out of #JurassicWorld's book and do a twenty-years-later thing. "Well our first uncontrollable creations lost their marbles and slaughtered everyone in the park, so now we've taken a brief hiatus to bring you an even BIGGER park with BIGGER monsters with even BIGGER profits! What could go wrong?" Someone get Jeff Goldblum on the phone, stat.
Red Dead Westworld
Westworld Season 2 won't be out 'til 2018, but do you know what's being released in 2017? Red Dead Redemption 2, the sequel to arguably the best Western game ever released. It's set to come out in fall 2017 - that's just before 2018. Did someone say 'crossover'? The whole tie-in media thing is only just starting to gain traction, especially with the exciting potential of VR. Red Dead Redemption 2 will contain a massive online element, which would totally trump Westworld's current alternate reality website. This could be the perfect opportunity for fans to really "discover Westworld" in a truly immersive way.
Back to the Futureworld
Futureworld was the 1976 sequel to the original Westworld film, and the premise is pretty self-explanatory. Just imagine all the sex appeal and brutality of Westworld, but inside a simulated space station. Elon Musk's ex-wife Talulah Riley plays a host in the show, so HBO already have that connection. Who knows how far SpaceX, Musk's space travel venture, could advance in the next two years?
But since you've already got Back to the Future on your mind, check out this amazing mashup:
Rise of the Planet of the Hosts
As well as two original films, the Westworld franchise also had a short-lived 1980s TV series. Beyond Westworld chronicled the gripping tale of a Delos staff member who must stop a mad scientist from allowing his evil hosts to take over the world. Sound familiar?
CBS, however, didn't find it so gripping, and cancelled the show three episodes in. Nevertheless, the storyline sounds like sentient cyborg Maeve's dream come true. And if Westworld's most recent episodes have told us anything, it's that the hosts are growing more powerful each day. Will Dolores take it upon herself to awaken more of her fellow hosts, and will Maeve lead them all to the (real) new world? Knowing HBO, carnage is sure to ensue. Sexy, sexy carnage.
What are your predictions for Westworld Season 2?
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]