One of the unsolved mysteries of Westworld’s first season is the fate of Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth). The park’s head of security was last seen searching for Elsie Hughes (Shannon Woodward) in the finale, when he was ambushed by members of Ghost Nation. The situation was looking exceedingly grim for most of the humans by the end of the season, but since we didn’t see Stubbs die many fans held out hope for him. Thankfully, a new interview with the Huffington Post gives us a reason to be optimistic.
When asked if Stubbs is okay, Hemsworth responds, “Physically? He’s well. He’s doing all right. Just taking a sabbatical.” Hemsworth is less forthcoming about Elsie, saying he has “no idea” about her status. It’s reasonable to assume she survives, however, given the hints fans unearthed on the Delos Incorporated website.
What does Hemsworth think about the theory that Elsie is, in fact, alive and that she lured Stubbs out into the park for help? “I’d love to see that. Yeah, I hope that’s what I’m going to do is rescue Elsie, and we get to run through the park and maybe wear some western gear. That’d be fun.” Although he enjoys speculating about the possibilities, Hemsworth can’t (or won’t?) reveal any details about Westworld’s second season, saying, “Its strength is its secrecy. A, I wouldn’t tell you if I did know. B, I literally don’t know.”
Hemsworth isn’t able to conclusively say whether Stubbs is even human. “I have no idea,” he says when asked to prove he’s not a robot. “They’re very good at keeping those things secret and not telling me … so your guess is as good as mine.” He’s also unsure how Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) still has a job after publicly relieving himself on the Westworld map. “Maybe I should just take my gun out and shoot him when he was doing that,” Hemsworth recalls suggesting at the time (I’m sure many fans would have been perfectly fine with that!).
When asked where the park is located, Hemsworth is on board with the theory that it’s not on Earth. “I love that theory that it’s another planet, that it’s the colonization of another planet,” he says. “Yeah, it’s a tough one. I think let’s go with another planet.” Hemsworth is also quite optimistic that Westworld will only get better in season two. “It’s gotta be a step up, doesn’t it? So it’s gotta get more complex. If there’s any room for production values to get bigger – I don’t know how they’d do that – but I’m sure it will.”
For the entire interview, including more on the Hemsworth brothers as well as their connection to Crocodile Dundee – no, really – head over to the Huffington Post.