Westworld at SDCC 2019

Although season 3 is still a year away and with no hard date on its return we got a nice little surprise from this year’s panel at SDCC. Tessa Thompson admitted, though ,the difficulties of being on a show like this: “I don’t know how to talk about this show because I don’t know what I’m allowed to say!”

Cue Aaron Paul, who when talking about the future, just said to play the trailer. And voila, we have ourselves the first full trailer which is just as confusing as ever but also very exciting to see.

From what we can tell Dolores is being framed as the ‘enemy’ this season as she tries to take down human kind. Evan Rachel Wood said Dolores is on her own this season, and “she’s basically taken on the entire world singlehandedly… I think this season there’s a good mixture of Dolores and Wyatt, but she’s still full of surprises, she’s still pretty ruthless.. her interactions with Aaron challenge her ideas about humanity.”

Aaron, its revealed, plays a construction worker named Caleb, and even though it’s in the future, construction is still basically the same but with some robots, and he has a robot named George. “Caleb has a complicated past as we all do, but he’s a bit of a white hat and black hat,” said Aaron. “He’s just trying to survive in the world and sometimes he has to do bad things,” he elaborated.

Tessa Thompson spoke about her character Charlotte Hale, “… now I get to play some new version of her… one of the things that I think is so daring is what does power look like in the future and can someone be incredibly powerful and woman of color… and so often we don’t get to see that. And also what happens when big business prioritizes the bottom line over people.”

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PHOTO SOURCE: Westworld, HBO

Thandie Newton’s Maeve, meanwhile, appears to be spending time in a Second World War-themed Park. After season 2’s Shogun/Raj reveal, its nice to see that we’ll be getting more parks. This also confirms that we won’t be fully leaving the park just yet.

Speaking about her role in seasons past and present Newton said: “The setup is extraordinary with what we’ve been given… the second season as an actress was really hard for this incredible being who has learned so much and who manages to find her free will, and she has to sacrifice that… with this new season, she’s an extremely expensive piece of hardware… so what I’m loving right now is what that gives her in terms of the choices she makes about her value… that’s the thing about these robots is that they’re never taught about their value, and I’m loving that agency.”

Jonathan Nolan gave us some indication of  where the new season is headed but his answers remained slightly cryptic: “When we started, Westworld was a dystopia,” he said. “And now, three seasons in, it’s kind of a best-case scenario. The form of AI we have on the show is thoughtful. Murderous, but thoughtful.” Nolan shared that although the show is heightened, “it’s based on what we are seeing in the real world. Dystopias can look beautiful; just because the world is ugly on the inside doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful on the outside.”

So there we have it. A full trailer which kind of answers a few questions but raises a whole lot more. Some notable appearances are Stubbs and The Man in Black who we see briefly in the trailer although next to nothing was revealed from the panel about what they’re up to. It looks promising though and now 2020 can’t come soon enough.

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