Still reeling from the new Westworld trailer that dropped at Comic Con earlier today? I know we are! With its tease of the brutality and mystery to come, we already can’t wait for 2018. But we have plenty of time to kill until then, so let’s dig into this exciting new trailer, and see what clues we can find about the new season buried within!
The first thing we see in the new trailer is the everpresent player piano from the Mariposa Saloon in Sweetwater, that plays popular tunes in many Westworld episodes. In addition to playing clever Ramin Djawadi arrangements of rock songs, the piano serves as a smart metaphor for the hosts themselves, programmed to create beauty and art. But as we see here, with the camera showing us the machine’s inner workings, the player piano is grimly blood-spattered.
The tune starts, and then shifts to regular music- “I’ve Gotta Be Me,” by Sammy Davis Jr. And we get our first glimpse of a person…well, almost a person. A host- Bernard Lowe, played by Jeffrey Wright. He frowns at something in the river, which will be revealed in a few seconds. There’s flies on him a la Dolores in “The Original,” and he doesn’t look quite like himself, style-wise, (don’t his clothes look a tad old-fashioned, even for Bernard) which makes me question the reality of this moment. So, what happens next?
He sees a dead tiger. Not exactly a creature you’d find in the American West; they’re native to Asia. That means the hosts either hunted down a circus (which would be a very interesting scene), or all the worlds of Delos Inc. are in chaos and a tiger got loose, only to be hunted down and killed. Is this a hint that Samurai World is falling apart and possibly bleeding into Westworld?
Next we spot a man in a predicament, swinging upside down from a tree, with his gun just out of reach. The face isn’t totally clear, but we think this is Lawrence aka El Lazo, played by Clifton Collins Jr. So what is he doing there- is this another one of the Man in Black’s games, tormenting his old friend Lawrence with a trap now that the stakes are raised?
After that, we see Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) reacting to the carnage in Delos, after the events of the season one finale. We can see that Maeve is still wearing the black dress she was in when she chose to return for her daughter. The bodies look fresh, so this scene probably takes place in the immediate aftermath. Maeve is armed- did she use the weapon to force Lee to use his access to get her back into the control room?
This next scene is the one that people will surely be talking the most about. We see frightened people running across a field, with two individuals on horseback in pursuit. It’s daylight now, so at least some time has passed after the party:
Who is on the hunt and making these people run for their lives? Why, Teddy (James Marsden) and a gun-toting Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), that’s who. Ain’t love grand?
As for Dolores, it appears the Wyatt aspect of her programming is still dominant and will be until she learns to tinker with herself and find balance for the rage and violence within, as a human being would need to do (without the mechanical aspect). Either way, you do you, Dolores.
Back to the saloon and that player piano. There’s a dead man at the poker table who’s been shot in the head, and that looks pretty real. Not a host, is my guess. And he’s not alone; there’s other bodies in the room.
It looks like park security is on the job, however, with a group of men including Bernard Lowe and a very much alive Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) pulling up in a black vehicle. (Stubbs was last seen being attacked by the Ghost Nation in the season finale, and his fate was unclear.) I’m curious as to why Bernard isn’t taking part in the uprising. His very personal programming job courtesy of Dr. Ford may have something to do with it- or perhaps a twist of his own burgeoning consciousness?
We gave the woman in the backseat with Bernard a close look, and no, it’s not Elsie (Shannon Woodward)! I know, I was hopeful too.
And finally, the Man in Black (Ed Harris) returns, loving the chaos of this brave new world where hosts can fight back! He’s clearly been in the thick of it, and no host has gotten the best of him yet. It’s everything he dreamed of. Will he live to regret it?
That wraps it up! Can you stand to wait for 2018?