***Spoiler Warning: Spoilers for Westworld through Season 2, Episode 10 follow. Spoilers***
(Editor’s note: This post was originally published May 21, 2019)
Welcome to … Futureworld.
The night of the Game of Thrones series finale, HBO debuted a thrilling Westworld Season 3 trailer and holy Futureworld, does it look cool. Focusing on newcomer Aaron Paul’s (character name as yet unknown) very Man/William in Black path, there’s little doubt the showrunners are about to introduce another heretofore unseen area of the park. Though many people seem to believe this is the real world we’re seeing, I think it might be something else entirely.
If you haven’t yet seen it, Futureworld is the 1976 sequel to Michael Chrighton’s 1973 masterpiece — on which Westworld is based — and it explores Delos’ creation of clones as well as Hosts, which would fit with the themes we’ve seen through Season 2 (replicating guests’ minds in the Forge).
First, check out this slick trailer and then, we’ll suss out the goings-on.
If that moment Dolores’ face comes into view didn’t send a thrill down your spine, I’m guessing you’re not human.
And, that tunnel’s giving off a great Clockwork Orange vibe.
Like I mentioned, it appears writers/showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan are setting up Aaron Paul as the new William/Man in Black, in his version of Choose Your Own Adventure (robbery) …
… and like the Man in Black, Paul is looking for a little something more — “I’m going to have to find something, someone real” (enter Dolores). But as we know, Dolores has her own adventures going and of course, it’s impossible to know which version(s) of Dolores is/are in this trailer — if these shots are, in fact, Dolores:
Who is Paul’s character creeping on here? Is it Maeve? (A new) Charlotte?
There are a few other newcomers sprinkled throughout the teaser, including Lena Waithe, Kid Cudi and Marshawn Lynch, but still no sign of Vincent Cassel (reportedly playing a villain). Creepy aside: Cassel starred with his then-wife Monica Bellucci in Gaspar Noe’s Irreversible, which also features an underpass/tunnel (like the one Dolores is in) attack.
Unless this is possibly him?
I guess we’re adding psychedelic drugs to the mix because,
what goes better with flying vehicles and trippy cylindrical buildings?
Regardless, I can’t wait to dive back into the madness.
Westworld returns to HBO in 2020.
*Updated January 12, 2020
Westworld returns March 15th and it looks like the outside world is in chaos.
… or is it?
Notes from teaser:
6.12.2019 Divergence Hong Kong (political unrest/protests)
12.18.2019 Divergence Washington DC (45 impeached)
5.20.2020 Divergence Indonesia (ecological collapse)
12.9.2024 Divergence Buenos Aires (US president-elect assassinated)
10.9.2925 Divergence Paris (thermonuclear incident)
2.19.2037 Divergence Moscow (start of 2nd Russian civil war)
4.17.2039 System Initiated undisclosed location (“Solomon” build 0.06)
2.27.2058 Divergence unknown location (critical event)