'Westworld' Season 2: Release Date, Theories And Cast Info You Need To Know About

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HBO’s Westworld, one of our favorite TV shows, captured the imagination of millions during its first year, leading viewers to wonder what’s in store when the show finally returns for season 2.

The original 1973 Westworld film had moments set in Romanworld and Medievalworld, and even in season one of the HBO series there was a hint of Samuraiworld. At Vanity Fair's fourth annual New Establishment Summit executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy were asked about those missing worlds, to which Nolan replied, "We had to save something for Season 2."

In an earlier interview with FHM, he was asked whether the intention was to expand beyond Westworld. "I think expand is the right word," he said. "The center of our story remains the title of our story, Westworld. It’s really where our story lives, but starting with the idea of the Hosts having a very limited knowledge of their world, we wanted, every season, to gently expand their understanding of the world to encompass not just Westworld, but their immediate surroundings and the world beyond that. So we’ll see a little more in the second season, but Westworld remains the heart of our story."

For those wondering what all this talk of Hosts is about, the show’s premise is relatively simple — a theme park of sorts opens to the very rich and caters to their every fantasy in a Western setting using human-looking robots (or Hosts) — but its execution is not. What develops is an exploration of the relationship between people and machines, with the machines seemingly attaining some level of sentience. Or are they? That is just one of the maddening questions about the show, as is whether or not we’re on the verge of a machine uprising as these things usually go, whether it’s Skynet in the Terminator films or on television in Battlestar Galactica with the Cylons.

“Will we be destroyed by our creations?” co-creator and executive producer Jonathan Nolan asks rhetorically. “We’ve seen a lot of stories that have dealt with that question and, frankly, that’s how the question of AI [Artificial Intelligence] has primarily been dealt with over the ninety years that people have been making movies. Robots are usually destroyers; they don’t take very kindly to us. Here there’s a little bit of that, but we really wanted to consider the gray area in between in how that story would play out.”

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Science fiction is often used as a prism through which we view ourselves, which makes one wonder what exactly Westworld is saying about us and our current society.

“Nothing good,” Nolan sighs, to which Joy elaborates, “Jonah has a more pessimistic outlook of this than I do. I think, certainly, it explores a spectrum of human behavior in a park designed to indulge the Id; in a park designed to indulge with impunity every impulse, no matter how taboo its visitors want to indulge in. So of course there’s a part of this that is a critique of human nature, because a lot of the guests indulge in some pretty dark behavior. But at the same time, I think there’s glimmer of hope and kindness."

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Nolan doesn’t feel the show is an indictment of human beings, but, even going back to the pilot, it's instead the idea that humans are “stuck.”

“With the Hosts,” Nolan adds, “the idea is that they are literally programmed, so they can be reprogrammed. They can take ownership of that reprogramming themselves. Their nature is part of their destiny; their ability to change is a given. That’s what software does. We wanted the series to be about the origin of a new form of life, and all the complexity of a rivalry between that new form of life and the life that created them. That said, it’s a very tricky relationship and a story that hasn’t been played out in the world as we know it. The history of human beings at this point has been one of eliminating other species from this planet, not creating them.”

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HBO has yet to announce an official premiere date for Season 2, but, per Entertainment Weekly, Casey Bloys, HBO’s programming president, confirmed that timeline, saying this:

“My suspicion is sometime in 2018 because of how big the world is and what goes into shooting it. So I don’t have a date exactly — they’re going to have to map it out and write the scripts — but my guess is sometime in ’18.”

Added both Joy and Nolan: "You’re definitely going to see the aftermath and the effects of what happened," Lisa Joy told EW. But then Nolan added, "We are definitely not picking up right where we left off."

Looks like we've got to wait a little longer to get our fill.

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