Warning: Here be spoilers!
#HBO's super engaging, gun-toting, science fiction juggernaut #Westworld is just one episode away from rounding up its first season — and what a season it has been. While we're all hoping the final episode will answer all the questions we're desperate to figure out, the writers are now turning their attention to Season 2 — which was confirmed by HBO last month.
IndieWire recently interviewed Evan Rachel Wood, who plays Dolores Abernathy — a host desperately seeking answers to a question she cannot understand. The actress all but confirmed that she would survive the finale, and turns out Season 1 is only just the beginning:
I know a little about what’s coming in Season 2. I know how our ending for Season 1 will segue into Season 2 and… wow. [laughs] That’s all I can say. I think it was always that Season 1 was going to be this backstory and set up — getting to know the park and characters. I think Season 2 is really going to be warp speed. The show might really start in Season 2.
Much like its plot lines, Westworld's grander intentions are still a mystery — introducing us to a world we think we understand, when really we don't at all — if Season 1 is just the backstory, what kind of madness can we expect from Season 2?
Westworld of the Future
Much of Season 1 has been introducing Ford's new narrative, which is somehow connected to Wyatt and the mysterious maze. One theory is that Ford's narrative was built into the hosts before Arnold's death, as a way for sentient hosts to learn about themselves, another is that it what will eventually bring down the park to protect Ford's legacy — it has been mentioned on several occasions that the technology is far bigger, and far more important, than sating the urges of wealthy elites.
I imagine the events of Season 1 will lead to big shifts in the host/guest power dynamic of Season 2, especially if sentient hosts start running unchecked and out of Ford's control. Let's hope that the Season 1 finale will give us more insight into the narrative, and Ford's endgame, which is still mystery.
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Maeve's self-awareness is bound to play a big role in Season 2. Fuelled by the rage of her daughter's death, and the countless abuses at the hands of park guests, Maeve will become a powerful player on the Westworld chessboard, and one Ford has yet to see coming. Her ability to override her programming and control other hosts — including Clementine — will make her a force to be reckoned with. But will she escape? And what will she find on the other side? That is yet to be revealed.
Bernard, Meet Arnold
Finding out Bernard is actually a host-incarnation of Ford's former partner Arnold posed more questions what it answered, and it's uncertain whether Bernard will return after Ford told him to commit suicide. The possible loss of Bernard, and of course Theresa and Elsie will raise questions with the board, and could lead to further struggle over the rights to the technology. Through Dolores, it's clear Arnold still has a role to play, but how that role fits into Season 2 remains to be seen.
Wood went on to confirm that Episode 10 would answer some of these questions, and that "people are going to get up on their seats and clap" by the time the credits roll. As the Episode will set up Season 2, all we can do now is wait and speculate — and with a title like 'New Narrative,' there sure is a lot we have to ponder.
Westworld Season 1, Episode 10 airs Sunday, December 4 at 10pm on HBO.