If you can’t turn around quick enough, Westworld Season 2 will have its robotic hands around your neck… whether you want them there or not. Now that the new season has arrived, we’ll be keeping track of everything you need to know right here.
The next episode of Westworld Season 2 is called “Vanishing Point” and it airs on June 3.
Here’s the trailer…
Here also is the synopsis for the season 2 episode 10, “The Passenger.”
Everyone converges in the valley beyond.
The full Westworld Season 2 Episode guide follows.
Westworld Season 2 Episodes
Click the blue titles to go to our full reviews!
“The puppet show is over, and we are coming for you and the rest of your kind. Welcome back to Westworld.”
Written by Lisa Joy and Roberto Patino; directed by Richard J. Lewis.
air date: 4/22/18
“Why don’t we start at the beginning?”
Written by Carly Wray and Jonathan Nolan; directed by Vincenzo Natali.
air date: 4/29/18
“There is beauty in who we are. Shouldn’t we, too, try to survive?”
Written by Roberto Patino and Ron Fitzgerald; directed by Richard J. Lewis.
air date: 5/6/18
“Is this now? If you’re looking forward, you’re looking in the wrong direction.”
Written by Gina Atwater and Jonathan Nolan; directed by Lisa Joy.
air date: 5/13/18
“ショーグン・ワールドへようこそ (Welcome to Shogun World)”
Written by Dan Dietz; directed by Craig Zobel.
air date: 5/20/18
air date: 5/27/18
Maeve continues her search for her daughter; Dolores calculates her next move; Elsie gets closer to the truth about Delos.
air date: 6/3/18
Bernard meets with an unexpected old friend; The Cradle is under threat; Maeve encounters a scene from her past.
air date: 6/10/18
Akecheta and the Ghost Nation’s origins and how they awakened are revealed.
air date: 6/17/18
Westworld Season 2 Episode 10: The Passenger
Everyone converges in the Valley Beyond.
Westworld Season 2 Trailer
Here are all the trailers that have been released so far for the season…
Westworld Season 2 Cast
Fan favorites who have been notably scarce in the marketing are coming back for Westworld season 2. These include Jimmi Simpson as William the younger version of the Man in Black, Teesa Thompson as Charlotte Hale, Shannon Woodward as Elsie, Luke Hemsworth as Ashley Stubbs, and Louis Herthum as Peter Abernathy. Further, Herthum and Talulah Riley, who played the host that first greeted William to the park in his (youthful) introduction, have been updated to series regulars. Curiously though, showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy remain cryptic as to whether we will see Angela Sarafyan as Clementine this season. Meanwhile, epect to see Elsie and Ashley as prisoners of the Ghost Nation tribe on the outskirts of the park, as well as Lee Sizemore a glorified hostage of Maeve. Charlotte Hale will simply be trying to survive the hosts on a rampage. We also have heard hints that while Anthony Hopkins is done with Westworld, we will see his character, Dr. Robert Ford, as a young man.
Newcomers include Gustaf Skarsgård who will play Karl Strand, described as “a white-collar guy comfortable in the field.” Gustaf, son of Stellan Skarsgård (and brother to prominent actor siblings Alexander, Sam, Bill and Valter), is best known for his role as the mischievous Floki on History Channel’s Vikings, as well as several notable projects in his native Sweden. Fares Fares will meanwhile play Antoine Costa, described as “a tech expert with an objective perspective.” Fares, a Beirut-born, Sweden-raised actor, is known for his role on FX’s (now-cancelled) fictional Arab dictatorship drama Tyrant, along with film roles in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Commune, Child 44 and Zero Dark Thirty.
Betty Gabriel will play Maling, described as “trying to restore order on the ground.” Gabriel, an American actress, is known for her role in the Amazon 1960s-set drama Good Girls Revolt, miniseries 12 Deadly Ways, and in films such as the acclaimed horror offering Get Out and politically-charged horror franchise sequel The Purge: Election Year.
Westworld Season 2 Review
Here is an excerpt from our spoiler-free review. You can read the whole thing here.
To use the well-known overlap of another Michael Crichton adaptation, Jurassic Park, season 1 was all about welcoming the visitors to the park while sweeping John Williams music boomed (or at least an out-of-tune player piano’s rendition of “Paint It Black”); the first half of Westworld Season 2 is, meanwhile, all about the fences being down and the T. Rex having her way with a couple of jeeps. In that sense, for those who thought the first season held back on the bloodletting and carnage of the ever implicit robo-revolution, you can rest easy: the revolution is here, it is televised, and it is grisly.
Westworld Season 2 Story
While speaking with EW, Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy cryptically revealed that Westworld Season 2 will not take place immediately after Dolores killed Robert Ford. Instead, it looks like we’re headed for a time-jump that will pick up some time later. Of course, a good human slaughter is perfect for narrative-bending flashbacks…
“You’re definitely going to see the aftermath and the effects of what happened,” Lisa Joy told EW. But then Nolan added, “We are definitely not picking up right where we left off.”
Entertainment Weekly reported that we can expect much more detail about how hosts work during the second season, including how they’re powered.
“Their construction and their power source is something we’re really going to get into during season 2,” Nolan said. “So we’d like to keep that mysterious. They’re closer to biological than they are mechanical, but they don’t suffer brain death the same way we do. They’re largely indistinguishable from human beings, but their brains don’t require oxygen—which opens up interesting possibilities. Their brains are not as fragile as ours. On one hand, their cognition is controllable and malleable, but on a structural level, they can’t be killed in the same way you and I can. There are advantages and disadvantages to being a host. [In] season 2, we’ll be exploring more of the nuts and bolts of what they are—as the hosts themselves are trying to understand.”
Alas, the mere thought of William going from lovelorn soul to megalomaniacal gaming monster is still a sore spot for many of us who enjoyed the first season of Westworld. For if you’ve seen that first year, the revelation that (MAJOR SPOILER ABOUT TO FOLLOW) Jimmi Simpson’s kind-hearted William is but a flashback to simpler times for Ed Harris’ masochistic Man in Black was a season 1 shocker that left many reeling and others vindicated in guessing the twist.
However, quite surprisingly, it would seem that Jimmi Simpson will return for at least the first season of Westworld. As revealed during a chat at the TCAs for Black Mirror, Simpson confirmed he is appearing for what sounds like a cameo or two in Westworld Seaon 2… just don’t expect to delve into the long journey into night that led William to actually become Ed freakin’ Harris.
“I mean, yeah, I pop in,” Simpson confirmed to reporters at the TCAs, as per EW. “I wish there was exploration between the time when Williams’ heart was broken and we see the result. I want to know how much it takes and how hard he tried to not go there. But I don’t write the story.”
This consideration of artificial biology is not that surprising since Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy already revealed they were breaking down the second season during the Westworld panel at New York Comic Con that we attended in October 2016.
“There were a handful of things that we weren’t able to touch in the first season, and we’re now currently breaking the second season,” Nolan had said during the NYCC panel. “One of the really nice things about TV is, you get to go again.”
Westworld Season 2 Theories
Of course, this is all well and good, but we have our own personal theories about what to expect from Westworld season 2. Here is an excerpt from our in-depth series of predictions and theories about what will happen next in Robert Ford’s living dream.
In fact, if one views Westworld as a series to be a long, loose, and convoluted retelling of its 1973 source material’s narrative (or the Jurassic Park novel), then that means season 1 was essentially the first act. The park was in proper use until it wasn’t. Now, the fences are down, the Tyrannosaurus Rex has a Jeep in its mouth, and Dennis Nedry still hasn’t even reached the Dilophosaurus paddock. Hence, season 2 should conceivably be the second act where we deal with the immediate ramifications of androids taking over Westworld.
In this context, it is easy to imagine that the series could quickly evolve into a kind of war between the guests and the hosts. Before he died, Ford called this conflict exactly that, and there is an army of decommissioned robots who are now very much alive and marching toward the panicked party revelers who, while fleeing Dolores’ shots, might be rushing into the jaws of death. It wouldn’t be hard to imagine that 10 episodes in season 2 could stretch out a week of the survivors’ dire circumstances just as liberally as how season 1 stretched out William and Logan’s two-week vacation over nine episodes.
While I imagine there’ll be a necessity for new human characters who are more sympathetic than the cold introverts we’ve enjoyed watching be undone in season 1, those survivors will still work with plenty of familiar faces.
We’ll update this with more information as we get it.