I watched a lot of Westworld in a very short amount of time. And I took pages and pages of notes on each of the episodes and was carefully tracking all of the theories and ideas I had as I watched. I had high hopes of sharing all of the twists and turns with you as they arrive in the show irl (no spoilers or Rickrolls here, I promise).
And then my computer decided it, too, was ready to be awake and took a long jump off a short bed.
Yes, I am somewhat kidding (unless my computer can read this, in which case, let’s talk)… OK, seems nothing happened there so we’re probably fine. But it really did tumble off my bed, and it really did nearly die. Lest you think this is a joke, let me assure you, it is sadly not.
It looks like a lot of something terrible to me, actually.
My own clumsiness aside, Westworld’s season two begins on a strong note by immediately feeding fans the answers to several fan theories. Immediate gratification is always nice, even if the rest of the opener simply manages to raise more questions about the entire story.
The HBO series is, of course, loosely based on the 1973 Westworld film, from the mind of Michael Crichton. While it draws from the same storyline, season one of the show proved it is anything but a follower. The GameSpot video below outlines the season quite well for you if you need a refresher, but the TL;DR is when we ended season one, the robot uprising was just beginning.
Self-made woman Maeve (Thandie Newton) was questioning her decisions, then truly making choices on her own. Outside the Mesa, starting with Dolores/Wyatt (played by Evan Rachel Wood), the hosts were staging a revolt with the Delos board of directors and all their guests set to be the prey. All season, this is exactly what the Man in Black (Ed Harris) had been working toward, and it seemed he was getting his greatest wish. (For a full list of returners, here’s everything we know about season two so far.)
But in ultimate “be careful what you wish for” fashion, the Man in Black is caught in a fight immediately. We know Harris is back as Old William this season, so it should not be a spoiler when I tell you… I think he’s alive? (Who can ever be sure in Westworld.)
To paraphrase what one friend asked me, whether you watch the show for the cinematic experience or to simply figure out the story first, there is definitely something for you in season two. The premiere has nods to classic Westerns, and by episode five the series is nodding at its former self in a satisfying and delightful way.
Put another way, I want to dissect every episode with you all right now but that would spoil the fun (and my computer just can’t handle it). So, here are some wide, sweeping categorizations for you:
Season two is just as timey-whimey as we’ve come to expect. You will still be constantly trying to figure out the timeline, and it will definitely still need constant tweaking to make every theory we have fit. (Have no fear, our Morning After After Show will help beginning April 23; subscribe to our limited-edition Westworld newsletter for more info.) Memories are still a bitch-and-a-half to sort through, and new looks at the internal workings of the hosts gives us a better idea of why time is so hard to decipher. The show’s creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy recently held an AMA on Reddit, and in between