After the Revolution, Comes Choice
By Marissa Blanchard
Gathering for a screening at the Tribeca Film Festival, the park’s main players: executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and cast members Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright and James Marsden, dug into the end of Season 1, and teased what’s to come in the season ahead –– which TIME has already declared an “era-defining smash.”
Here’s what they had to say during a panel, moderated by The Atlantic’s Christopher Orr, following the Season 2 premiere, “Journey Into Night.” (Season 1 finale spoilers ahead).
Lisa Joy loves to keep fans guessing.
“The first season ended in something we were really rooting for: revolution,” said Joy, reflecting on the Season 1 finale, “The Bicameral Mind.” The episode, which Joy co-wrote with husband Jonathan Nolan, ends with Dolores channeling her alter-narrative, Wyatt, and killing Westworld founder Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins), sending the park into pandemonium. “The second season will be a little harder for audiences to know where we are going,” she continued. “But that’s half the fun.”
Thandie Newton wanted Maeve to leave the park behind.
At the end of Season 1, Maeve nearly escapes
Acting as both Dolores and Wyatt
Dolores took on the Wyatt narrative — which was programmed by Ford’s late partner and Bernard doppelganger, Arnold — with an act of defiance: executing the park founder and gunning down the Delos board. “We made different rules for her depending on what situation she’s in,” said Evan Rachel Wood about her dual roles. She explained how Nolan’s and Joy’s direction helped her portray dueling identities: “It was trial and error and then we found this groove, but it was definitely a challenge.”
Jeffrey Wright is just as confused as Bernard.
Given the multiple timelines in the series, the cast films
Season 2 is about choice.
When it comes to the themes of
Season 2 of Westworld premieres April 22 at 9 pm.
Executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, along with the cast, share what it's like stepping back onto the set of Westworld, where a new narrative is unfolding.