When Westworld returns from its extended hiatus between its stellar first season and its forthcoming second, expect the HBO’s robots-run-amuck sci-fi drama to pull no punches. Series star Evan Rachel Wood plays leading robot revolutionary Dolores, who ignited the nascent A.I. rebellion in last December’s season 1 finale. Speaking with EW, Wood elaborated on where Dolores is at now in her development toward full self-awareness.
“I’m really curious to see the unleashed version of her that we caught a glimpse of at the very end of the finale. Those final seconds, I think we were seeing a completely different side to her, completely different programming and completely off of her leash, so I don’t think she will be the same person; she’ll be an evolved version.”
(Spoilers for the Westworld season 1 finale)
Who Dolores is now that she has learned about her own sentience and accepted her role as the harbinger of rebellion is the biggest question before season 2. In the finale, we learned Anthony Hopkins’ Dr. Ford orchestrated nearly everything in season 1, giving his villainous actions a tragic side as he revealed he was trying to push the Westworld hosts toward full, independent consciousness as redemption. The first volley in the war between robots and humans was Ford himself as Dolores killed him and countless other Westworld business executives at a a cocktail party. With Ford, the god-like creator of the hosts, dead, what course will the hosts chart and Dolores as their leader in particular? “Unleashed” is an ominous (and exciting) tease.
Westworld returns for season 2 on HBO in 2018. Guest stars Talulah Riley and Louis Herthum, who play park hosts, were recently promoted to series regulars ahead of production. Created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the show stars Wood, James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Rodrigo Santoro, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, Tessa Thompson, Simon Quarterman, and Clifton Collins, Jr. The returns of season 1 regulars like Hopkins, Shannon Woodard, Luke Hemsworth, Jimmi Simpson, and Ben Barnes range from possible to unlikely, given the events and reveals of the season 1 finale.
‘Westworld’ 1.10 “The Bicameral Mind” Review
Westworld ended as it began – an ambitious, albeit frustrating, look at the deepest of questions, such as what is consciousness? With such big ideas on its mind, it sometimes let some cliched storytelling devices through. Most of the theories to the big questions panned out, like the Man in Black really is William, but with so much to accomplish that even at 90 minutes, it felt muddled, even as it delivered on many of the season’s promises. In the post-episode breakdown, showrunner (and episode co-writer/director) Jonathan Nolan said the theme of the first season was control. In the end, the show handled control about as well as the hapless humans running the park – ignorantly. Then again, since the theme of the show is the relationship between hosts and humans, perhaps that was the point.
Let’s go through the events. I decided to divide this review roughly chronologically, to get our first clear view of the history of the park as told by the show’s first season. Click Next to start the review or click which part of the review you’d like to read first.
- 35 years ago, just prior to the park’s opening
- 30 years ago, during William & Logan’s trip
- The present day