The finale of Westworld’s Season 2 was pretty extreme to the point where we’re still scratching our heads as we wait for the arrival of the third season.
For those who are new to the series, we figured that we place this little segment to get newcomers up to speed with the show’s plot in a nutshell.
The series is based on Michael Crichton’s movie with the same title and takes place at the eponymous park where guests interact with the robotic “hosts” and (no matter how dark and twisted) then indulge in whatever Wild West fantasy they conceive.
Even though the second season concluded a while back and that we know Season 3 is afoot, that shouldn’t prevent us from keeping in touch with the latest updates and news that we know about it so far, including a release date, cast, trailers and more.
The story going into season 3 is being kept largely under wraps but given how the last one folded, things certainly have taken a rather interesting turn.
After the second season finished up, it seems like the third one will explore a bunch of stuff that still has left us in a bit of a tizzy, one including:
Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) who smuggled Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) out of the park and back to the real world.
Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson), of whom we don’t know who is in possession of her body at this point.
Maeve (Thandie Newton) is believed to be dead, but it is possible that she may return.
And then there’s the sadistic William (Ed Harris) where audiences are taken far into the future.
So it’s easy to say that Westworld will pick up from all the previous plots Not only is it going to focus on the real world, but it will also venture into other territories that we can’t wait for in season 3. Not to mention, there are other parks that have yet to be revealed. What’s more, is that showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan are promising a “radical shift” in the story, which actually makes sense judging from Season 2’s finale.
Besides that, there are reports that Season 3 might only have 8 episodes, instead of 10 and has already kicked off production on March 25th.
Because the filming officially commenced on March 25th and is expected to last about 27 weeks along with production supposedly wrapping up in October, we can clearly say that season 3 won’t be airing in 2019 but rather air in 2020. This theory was later confirmed by the chiefs at HBO on April 15th.
Though the extended delay doesn’t really add up when considering the development of season 2 as its filming started out in the summer of 2017. And in spite of the delays, was able to land in April 2018.
Also, because Game of Thrones usually airs in April except for this year, we can assume that Westworld will take that spot and come to us by April of next year.
Most of the show’s leading actors are expected to reprise their roles for season 3 of Westworld, including Wood, Newton, Wright, and Harris. Wood and Newton have each been quite open about their return and have also claimed to have secured new deals that would have them get paid just as well as their male co-stars. Tessa Thompson is also penciled in to make her return.
But if there’s one actor who isn’t returning for Westworld’s third season it's Jimmi Simpson, who portrays young William as Simpson himself said that young William’s story has come to a close. Also, it is unknown at this time, whether Anthony Hopkins will reprise his role as Dr. Robert Ford as well. Other than those, no one else has been confirmed to return.
As for new faces, we have several big names that are going to be joining the season 3 cast, including:
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) was confirmed to be joining Westworld as a series regular. Although for what role, that remains a mystery for now.
Lena Waithe (Ready Player One and Master of None) was also cast in an unknown role.
Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) was cast as one of the season’s villains, although there is yet to be an official confirmation on that.
Nevertheless, it seems season 3 of Westworld is making us more excited than ever before.