It’s been a few months since Westworld’s season 2 finale and I can safely say many of us are still scratching our heads. What we do know is that the show has been renewed for a third season but how that season will unfold is anyone’s guess.
Recently, creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about their thoughts on the upcoming season:
NOLAN I think it’s a radical shift. What’s compelling and appealing about these characters is that they’re not human. As we said in the show, humans are bound by the same loops the hosts are, in some ways even smaller. You couldn’t expect human characters to withstand and survive the kind of story that we’re telling. The hosts have a different version of mortality, a different outlook. I think clearly with Dolores, as she’s laid out, there is a longer view here, a larger set of goals. They’re existential. They span eons. And that’s a fascinating level of story to engage in.
LISA It really is like repiloting.
NOLAN Yeah. And that’s terrifying and exciting in equal measure. I’m just thrilled that we have this incredible group that we’re working with to build it.
Unpacking this a little we know that the hosts don’t age and that has allowed Westworld to use the same characters and actors over a plot that’s told over a span of 30 years of the park simultaneously. Now that they’ve escaped the park, this is indeed a bigger scope. If we take into account the post credits scene from last season’s finale this story could take place over hundreds of years.
It’s interesting that they view season 3 as a radical shift and a ‘repiloting’ of sorts. This may have a lot to do with the fact that Dolores, Bernard and five, as yet unknown, hosts have now made it to the real world. The show has spoken metaphorically about the real world at length and so the opportunity for the show to move there is very fascinating both on a character level and story level.
No word yet on when season 3 will air but it’ll most likely be out in 2020.