Jimmi Simpson is the kind of character actor you’re used to seeing all over the place, from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia to House of Cards but rarely gets his own moment in the spotlight. It’s nice to see him take a lead role on HBO’s new hit Westworld. which was recently renewed for a second season.
Simpson plays Westworld newcomer William, a shy, introverted Guest who falls for series protagonist Dolores, an android (known as Hosts in the park) slowly breaking free of her programming loop. Speaking with TVLine after last Sunday’s episode “Trompe L’Oeil” (our review here), he teased to TVLine the forthcoming season finale, which thankfully won’t end on “some bullshit cliffhanger.”
“Well, I would say I was on the edge of my seat all the way until I got the 10 script… I think we all had different ideas, and then when 10 came — I think I could speak for most of the cast — the general feeling was like, “Holy f—king s—t.” Because basically, what they’ve done is they’ve somehow tied up everything you wanted to know and then pointed this whole world of other s–t that you hadn’t really thought of that now you really, really want to know, too. It’s not some bulls–t cliffhanger where you’re like, “Oh f–k, what now?” It’s like, “Oh my God, thank you, and I can’t wait for more.”
Sounds like it does what a good season finale needs to do – wrap up the seasonal arc and set up exciting possibilities to come. Considering how transparent HBO and showrunners were about a season 2 pickup, it’s good to know they didn’t feel the need to insult viewers with unnecessary shock value (I’m looking at you, The Walking Dead).
William has been at the center of the biggest theory of the show, which is that he is the younger version of the villainous Man in Black (Ed Harris) and his storyline actually takes place 30 years in the past. One fan theory came true in the last episode (Bernard!), will this one be the same? It would be quite a shift for a good guy like William to become the amoral nihilist like the Man in Black but the show hasn’t done anything that lets us write it off just yet. Indeed, keeping it in mind during “Trompe L’Oeil” made me think the show really is building toward it, despite my reluctance to fully buy into it.
Westworld‘s eighth episode “Trace Decay” airs this Sunday, Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. on HBO. Check out the trailer here. Catch up with our episode reviews, our collection of all the theories, and our breakdown of the first half of the season.