Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When: What Do We Know about Westworld Season 3? *Updated with Episode Titles

***Spoiler Warning:  This post contains spoilers for Westworld through Season 2. Spoilers***

Since HBO just announced Westworld returns for its third season March 15th, it’s clearly time to start digging in again. I highly recommend at least a Season 2 rewatch and I’m also considering refreshing myself with the original film’s follow-up, 1976’s Futureworld. There may be clues ripe for mining. Though most people seem convinced many of the scenes in the trailers we’ve seen are outside the park, I think it’s possible there’s actually a Futureworld inside and as with the blurred Host/human lines, reality and fantasy may also be imperceptible. The theme of the third season is “The New World” (Season 1 was “The Maze” and Season 2, “The Door”) and obviously that could be taken different ways (new real world, new park world).

Along with confirmed returning regulars — Evan Rachel Wood’s Dolores, Thandie Newton’s Maeve, Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard, Tessa Thompson’s Charlotte, Luke Hemsworth’s Stubbs, Ed Harris’ William in Black, Ptolemy Slocum’s Sylvester, Leonardo Nam’s Felix  — there are several new actors, and some old friends we’re not quite sure about, yet. Here’s what we know, and what we think we know:

Aaron Paul has joined as Caleb, a Los Angeles (*coughsupposedlycough*) human construction worker who has a Delos model G-267 robot co-worker/aide called George (one of several different types of robots seen in the Season 3 teasers). At some point, Caleb meets up with Dolores and he’s said to have a “strong impact” on her.

You’ll see right behind him is Lena Waithe whose role is as yet undisclosed. The case could be made that Caleb is being escorted somewhere against his will — but it seems more likely Dolores and Caleb are leading the group and that Lena’s character (presumably a Host) is part of Caleb’s team. In the first released trailer, we saw Caleb involved in what seems to be his chosen parkventure — a robbery — with Waithe and an unnamed newcomer (another Host?) played by Marshawn Lynch.

Here’s the thing, though; if Caleb is playing park games out and about in Los Angeles,

does that mean Delos is running programs out in the real world or is it all faux LA — does Caleb meet Dolores inside or outside one of the parks? Does Dolores actually get out of Westworld proper on her own, does Caleb help her get out after meeting her inside, and how long will it take us to figure out which world(s) is/are real?

After what now seems to have been Caleb casing an apartment, it looks like things …

… don’t go well? Or is Caleb rappeling down the building by choice (there are shadows of the other figures behind him), and it’s his team who is with him and assisting him?

Kid Cudi plays yet another unnamed character who Caleb is seen visiting in jail. Aside:  Aaron Paul and Kid Cudi previously worked together in Need for Speed (2014).

From this shot of Caleb holding Dolores, one can’t help wondering if there’s a little Breaking Bad crossover happening. Is Dolores doing drugs? Maybe she’s just running low on Host juice, overwhelmed by the “real world” or if they met inside the park, this is just after Caleb’s helped get Dolores out. Showrunner Jonathan Nolan calls Caleb “the kind of person who doesn’t go to Westworld” (though from William’s big personality swing, we know that sort of thing can change). This scenario reminds of young William and Dolores back in Season 1, so everybody say “Hmm …” And of course, we’d be fools not to consider that Caleb could be other than human (no-last name).

I’ve been saying for a while now that I think it’s possible there are no humans left (especially after that premiere date announcement teaser) — that the Hosts believe there are and that humans are still their enemies — but in actuality, humans as we know them were wiped out long ago (could be Hybrids, though). I’d be thrilled to see that play out. If the Hosts haven’t truly evolved to become something better and more compassionate than their cruel creators, they’re doomed to repeat our mistakes (albeit in their own ways).

Rodrigo Santoro’s Hector is back! And he’s reunited with Thandie Newton’s Maeve (or a version of Maeve) in one of the park’s new worlds — Warworld (currently under construction, apparently). Warworld is purportedly modeled on WWII German-occupied Italy.

It’s a nice day for punching Nazis.

Let’s talk about how many known parks are in Westworld now. Previously, we’d heard there were six and the ones we knew of are:

  1.  Westworld
  2. Shōgunworld
  3. Warworld
  4. unknown
  5. unknown
  6. The Raj

Again, I’m calling it:  “The New World” is actually Futureworld, and either park number 4 or 5.

Charlotte — who is not Dolores anymore “We’ll come to see who’s really there and what that character is in the future.”  — appears to be comfortable cozying up to her once and former murderer. Is there a chance it’s James Marsden’s Teddy in that body? (There’s been no word whether James Marsden returns in Season 3, so this would be a great late season reveal.)

Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard

has a few issues,

but he seems to know what he’s doing there. What is he removing and why?

He’s not the only Host with a bloody arm, either.

These violent delights, as they say.

Luke Hemsworth’s Ashley Stubbs gets as close to his real-life brother’s hammer as he can.

Among the old friends parkside, Ed Harris’ William in Black — human/host hybrid version — seems to be losing it.

I guess the kinks still haven’t been worked out.

So, how many cores — control units — do we know Dolores has used? “Charlotte” and Bernard, for certain. Do we count Dolores’ own? In this shot she has four (so hers is the fifth, yes?).

I’d guess Daddy aka Louis Herthum’s Peter is among the control units she took, but we haven’t seen him yet. I don’t think Dolores saw Angela Sarafyan’s Clementine as necessary to her squad, and I’m uncertain she’d have brought Maeve. So, my guess is the two unknowns are Teddy and Daddy, though if Teddy is in Charlotte’s body, Charlotte’s control unit may not have been among the five.

Is this one of them? Because I can’t decide who it is — doesn’t quite look like Charlotte or Maeve, but could she possibly be …

… Katja Herbers’ Grace (formerly known as Emily, William in Black’s daughter), since the actress says her character could have “infinite copies” running around?

The only information we’ve been let in on about newcomer (the glorious) Vincent Cassel is that he’s playing a villain. That’s it — no name, no nothing. Frankly, he can simply hang out and breathe and I’ll be a happy camper.

If he’s not a Delos executive, and I’m guessing he’s higher up in the chain than that, it may be he’s part of an entity we don’t yet know about. In Futureworld, Delos makes a big investment to recover the parks after the Host uprising and there’s a plot to replace key humans (politicians, etc.); Cassel could be involved in such nefariousness.

John Gallagher Jr. meets up with Dolores and there’s something about him that reads Delos/park staff to me. Add him to the unnamed character list.

Other Season 3 additions include Tommy Flanagan (possibly called Conells) who we see “escorting” a cuffed Dolores in a Delos vehicle.

Iddo Goldberg joins as Sebastian,

Christian Stamm as Sauer,

Nadine Lewington as Irene Gerhart,

Russell Wong as Brompton,

Gregory Zarian as Reed Phillips,

Michael Ealy (TBA),

and finally, Jefferson Mays will play (Host/Hybrid?) Incite Inc. co-founder Liam Dempsey Sr.

That’s an über-creepy ad.

Eye imagery seems to be a thing in Season 3.

Finally, here are a few more interesting shots to ponder over:

Bernard copy or Bernard in another world?

This looks like Maeve and Hector.

Always keep notes of numbers.

Delos has cool transports in the future.

This seems familiar …

If there are new teasers or trailers or additional information is released, I’ll update this post.

Westworld returns to HBO March 15, 2020.

*Updated March 3, 2020

On the eve of its live premiere, HBO has released several third season episode titles, directorial information, and a few new images.

Parce Domine (S3 E1)airs March 15th and is directed by Jonathan Nolan, written by Nolan and Lisa Joy.

The title appears to refer to a Gregorian Chant and if I’m correctly interpreting, the phrase means “Spare your people (not bloody likely), Lord.”

Tagline:  If you’re stuck in a loop, try walking in a straight line.

The Winter Line” (S3 E2) airs March 22nd and is directed by Richard J. Lewis (“Virtù e Fortuna, Journey Into Night, Chestnut”), written by Lisa Joy and Matthew Pitts (Fringe).

This looks like the hour we’ll get the introduction to Warworld (mentioned above, in this post)  since the Winter Line refers to military fortifications in Italy during WWII — and Warworld aka Park 3 is set exactly in that time and place.

Looking at casting for clues, there are QA and Behavioral Specialists, a party guest, and both Caleb (Aaron Paul) and Vincent Cassel are slated. My guess is we’ll see some of the futuristic developments in the Hosts and Hybrids that we’ve not yet seen. In the last Season 3 trailer, we saw a figure that I think could be James Delos — he’s still looking a bit shaky — and perhaps the company has made some progress on transferring human minds to Host bodies. At least we’ll may get a look at the goings-on? Of course, that’s wild speculation on my part.

Tagline:  People put up a lot of walls. Bring a sledgehammer to your life.

The Absence of Field” (S3 E3) airs March 29th and is directed by Amanda Marsalis (Ozark, The Umbrella Academy, Veronica Mars), written by Denise Thé (Terminator:  The Sarah Conner Chronicles {Talk about the perfect crossover!], Person of Interest, Gotham).

The title may refer to a quote from American poet Mark Strand‘s Keeping Things Whole, a beautiful and oddly fitting piece:

In a field
I am the absence
of field.
This is
always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.

When I walk
I part the air
and always
the air moves in
to fill the spaces
where my body’s been.

We all have reasons
for moving.
I move
to keep things whole.”

These words are so lyrical, I can almost hear the song version playing over a Maeve or Dolores scene. Also, from the cast listed, this looks to be Caleb’s criminal fantasy (see:  earlier in this post) playing out.

Tagline:  If you don’t like what you see in the mirror, don’t blame the mirror.

The Mother of Exiles” (S3 E4), airs April 5th and is directed by Paul Cameron (longtime cinematographer/DP), written by Lisa Joy and Jordan Goldberg (“Les Écorchés”).

The Statue of Liberty’s alternate title is The Mother of Exiles in Emma Lazarus’ The New Colossus, written to raise money for the statue’s pedestal in which the poem (you know it well) resides (memorialized on a plaque).

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free …”

I think this refers to Dolores’ dreams to take over the human world (whether or not there are any humans in it).

Interestingly, there are a couple of people cast as “Female Auction Asset”, though I can’t for the life of me figure out what that’s about just yet. It certainly sounds like part of a park plot though, doesn’t it?

Tagline:  The truth doesn’t always set you free. (I love this one because it supports my theory that Dolores doesn’t really get out of the park — she’s just in Futureworld.)

Genre” (S3 E5) airs April 12th and is directed by Anna Foerster (Outlander, Jessica Jones, Carnival Row), written by Karrie Crouse (Sunset Television).

This seems self-evident. We are all the same (I’m hoping it means the Hosts/Hybrids are more like humans than they’d care to know or admit and like it or not, will repeat our mistakes.)

From Merriam-Webster:

Genre, as you might guess from the way it sounds, comes straight from French, a language based on Latin. It’s closely related to genus, a word you may have encountered in biology class. Both words contain the gen- root because they indicate that everything in a particular category (a genre or a genus) belongs to the same “family” and thus has the same origins. “

Let the games begin — March 15th, 2020!

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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