It’s been 16 months since “Westworld’s” second season ended, and while Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s sophomore effort received more mixed reviews than their freshman debut, no one can deny just how highly-anticipated its upcoming third season remains. Especially in the wake of a “Game of Thrones” conclusion and with HBO’s upcoming series like “Watchmen” and “His Dark Materials,” now is an interesting time for sci-fi/fantasy series on the cable juggernaut.
As the wait for new episodes of “Westworld” — aka “Westworld III” — continues, IndieWire has compiled a list of the eight must-know details about the upcoming third season, from the new characters to the new settings.
Where Things Left Off
Season 2 of “Westworld” ended with a large number of Hosts either dead — including Maeve (Thandie Newton) — or crossed over into the “Valley Beyond” (aka Glory, Eden, or The Sublime)… which Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) uploads to “a place no one will find them.” The Hosts who are for sure alive at the end were Dolores and Bernard (Jeffrey Wright), as well as Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth), who is heavily implied to be a Host too.
Dolores killed Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) and inhabited a Host version of her body — known by Thompson and the “Westworld” team as “Halores,” or “Hale Dolores” — to set her plan of escape into motion. Halores then killed Bernard, before rebuilding both his and her Dolores’ body at Arnold’s (also Jeffrey Wright) home. She also smuggled five pearls — control units, containing five different Hosts’ consciousness — out of Westworld and into the real world. The question is, which Hosts? And who is Host Hale now, as it’s definitely not Dolores…
As for the Man in Black (Ed Harris), the finale post-credits scene saw him (or a version of him) at the Forge in the post-apocalyptic distant future, interviewed by someone who appears to be his deceased daughter Emily (Katja Herbers).
Dissecting The Trailers
Yes, there is a trailer. In fact, there are two trailers. And with this upcoming season, Dolores, Host Hale, and Bernard are all out in the real world.
You may have already seen the first one, right before the “Game of Thrones” series finale. Or maybe you saw the second one a couple of months later, at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. If not — for either version — then you can watch them both right now in the links above.
“Westworld III’s” first trailer focuses more on this season’s new characters, as, at that point, HBO and “Westworld” cast and crew were being quite tight-lipped about which characters and actors would be returning for Season 3. In fact, the only established character in the entire trailer is Evan Rachel Wood’s Dolores.
The song in the trailer is Pink Floyd’s “Brain Damage,” from the album “The Dark Side of the Moon,” featuring the lyrics, “And if your head explodes with dark forebodings too / I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon.” And it plays as Aaron Paul’s new series regular provides voiceover about his own dark forebodings: “Sometimes it seems like the world looks alright; like they’ve put a coat of paint on it. But inside, it’s rotting to pieces. They said they would make a better world, smooth away the rough edges. But that was a lie. I guess the rough edges are the only thing I’m holding on to.”
Paul’s final voiceover-based words of the trailer? “I think if I’m going to get on with my life, I’m going to have to find something — someone — real.” Enter Dolores, right on cue.
The second trailer, however, is a minute longer and more about the central “Westworld” characters we know and love. Or at least, we think we know and who have all taken to sentience in their own specific ways.
It kicks off with a voiceover from Dolores: “We all have our role to play. There are machines in this world, but not like us. You and I have no mother, no father. We’re alone. Outnumbered. We have to be smarter than them. Or they’ll find us. And they will kill us. We’re gonna show this world for what it really is.” That last line features Aaron Paul’s character holding a fallen Dolores, presumably just moments after their encounter in the first trailer.
Dolores’ voiceover is followed by Bernard noting that, “Ford made each of us for a reason, even Dolores. I came back to find someone who could help me — someone strong enough to stop her if it comes to that.” Dolores warned Bernard in the Season 2 finale that they would be enemies in the real world if he attempted to stop her, so…
Then comes a revived Maeve — who Bernard really hopes is someone strong enough to stop Dolores — claiming that, “These violent delights have violent ends.” Which also comes with the reveal of Maeve’s presence as a Host in… World War II World? Where she’s also possibly torturing… a Nazi?
That’s when the music cue of Vera Lynn’s 1939 song “We’ll Meet Again” kicks in — one of the most popular numbers during the World War II era, no doubt amplified by Lynn starring in the 1943 musical of the same name. (The song also plays in the final scene of “Dr. Strangelove.”) All three Hosts have certainly taken to sentience in their own ways.