Long before we knew Westworld had the robot uprising in full swing by Season 1 finale “The Bicameral Mind,” or that Ed Harris’ Man in Black had a familiar alter-ego, we knew the character would be back for Season 2. Now, Harris previews his excitement for the “extreme mode” of Season 2, as well clarifying a few points of confusion from the finale.
All is finally said and done for HBO’s Westworld, as last night’s “Bicameral Mind” finally unlocked the last major twist viewers had been anticipating. Season 2 may not arrive until 2018, but does the big reveal mean Jimmi Simpson’s time on the series is over? When does Season 2 start shooting?
Okay, so I guess William got that mole of his taken off at some point? Who knew he was so into cosmetic surgery? He should have gotten some plugs for that bald head of his while he was at it.
If you thought Game of Thrones liked to keep its finales cryptic, just try to figure out where Westworld will take us in Sunday’s Season 1 closer “The Bicameral Mind.” HBO has released the full cryptic photo set, as well as a brief synopsis, so let’s throw our wildest, west-est theories at thew wall!
Last night’s episode of Westworld, “Trace Decay,” featured a lengthy speech from the show’s mysterious Man in Black (Ed Harris) supposedly explaining his origins. He’s a “good guy” who spent his life as a philanthropist and family man. After his wife’s death, an apparent suicide, the Man was so distraught he came to Westworld looking to commit a truly horrible act. And thus this new persona was born.
The Man in Black has an origin! It explains nothing and rules out nothing! Ah, Westworld. You are very entertaining even when you are kind of frustrating.
Even as few doubted Westworld would earn official renewal from HBO, the show’s unique premise leaves it difficult to imagine what Season 2 might look like. At least one character central to core Westworld mysteries will return, however, as Ed Harris confirms his involvement with Season 2.
HBO’s Westworld is inspired by the 1973 science-fiction film of the same name by Michael Crichton. The two share the same premise — a Wild West-inspired theme park populated by lifelike robots, which eventually gain sentience — but none of the same characters, and only a vaguely similar storyline. At least they didn’t share any characters until the episode that aired earlier tonight, “The Adversary.” (Obviously this is going to SPOIL something about said episode, so if you don’t want to know it, don’t read it, dumb-dumb.)
This week’s episode of Westworld, “The Adversary,” made me rethink a lot of my opinions about this show. First and foremost, it made me wonder whether the character I thought was the best member of the Westworld ensemble might actually be the worst.
“Smart enough to guess there’s a bigger picture, but not smart enough to see what it is.”