The Westworld marketing team is at it again with an update to the Discover Westworld website. In an effort to promote the new Westworld Experience Center opening at San Diego Comic Con – billed as an “immersive experience” – there is a new video on display as you enter the site. Of course, there are some interesting tidbits to unpack aside from promoting the center, so let’s take a look!
The video starts out as a glitch, with a flash of code appearing, before an “unknown user” types the question “Is anybody out there?” The user continues with the phrase “We need help,” and then “Something’s gone wrong, can you hear th-” before the transmission is interrupted with a systems override. It then begins loading “Journey into Night” – perhaps a confirmation of the season 2 premiere title showrunner Jonathan Nolan teased on Reddit? We then see a registered user relay that “All as well “and “Celebrations continue…” before cutting to a promotion of the experience center in San Diego.
So what does this all mean? After the season one finale, the website contained an Easter egg that – once decoded – seemed to hint that Elsie Hughes (Shannon Woodward) was still alive and in the park. Could she be the unknown user? This video seems to suggest that Westworld is on lockdown with the hosts monitoring what information enters and leaves the park; how long they can retain control remains to be seen. Hopefully some intrepid fan can decipher the rest of the code to see if there are any other clues hidden within!
Thanks to reader Amber for bringing this to our attention!