While Game of Thrones may not be returning until 2019, HBO has a diferent kind of blockbuster on tap for 2018: Westworld. The ambitious sci-fi series premiered in 2016 to mixed/mixed-positive reviews but really solid ratings, and fans had a blast trying to figure out the puzzle-box of showrunners Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy’s TV series. The second season suffered a bit of a delay so Nolan and Joy could ensure the scripts were ready before production began, but the series returns this spring and the first Westworld Season 2 images are online to give us a revealing peek at what’s ahead.
Notably here we see that Luke Hemsworth’s Stubbs is definitely alive, after last seeing him squaring off against an encroaching Ghost Nation. We also see a brand new look for Evan Rachel Wood’s Dolores, as well as Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard mingling with Delos executive Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson). Oh, and that weird looking host we caught a glimpse of in the trailer? It’s called a Drone Host, and it’s connected to Delos’ secretive operations inside the park.
Indeed, Season 2 will expand the world of Westworld after Season 1 offered viewers an introduction. We’ll see that some of the hosts take guests and Delos executives hostage, while Charlotte tries to keep everything contained. As for Bernard, he’ll no doubt be caught in between the hosts he cares for and the humans he previously thought were his brethren. Ed Harris’ The Man in Black is back as well, as is Jimmi Simpson as the young William (not pictured here). We’ll get to see a bit more of how William worked his way up the ranks to buying Delos outright so flashbacks aren’t a thing of the past, but I’m definitely curious to see how the Man in Black proceeds after discovering the maze was never meant for him.
Peruse the Westworld Season 2 images below, all via EW. The new season premieres on HBO on April 22nd.