Not much is known so far about Westworld‘s upcoming second season. This, of course, shouldn’t come as any surprise to the show’s fandom, who by this point should be very well acquainted with co-showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy‘s impenetrable veil of secrecy.
That being said, the actors themselves are also privy to some of the show’s well-kept information, certainly due to the fact that it would be quite difficult to portray their characters with a completely blind eye. One of the show’s stars, the powerful (and Emmy nominated) Thandie Newton, recently sat down with Deadline to chat about the show’s upcoming season, and discuss some new details about what we can expect out of her character, the rebellious host Maeve.
When asked what’s in store for her character, Newton offers the following:
“In Season 2, we’re going to see her going back into the world that she has abandoned, which felt to me like an incredibly courageous and ultimately rebellious choice. Particularly as Maeve was informed by Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard character that everything that she’s done, like escaping the park, was programmed. I found that deeply disturbing, and Maeve also found it violently disturbing, to feel like your mind is not your own, that these acts of defiance that were brave and rebelling against her oppressors were preordained. It’s terrifying.”
While not completely surprising, Newton does seem to confirm that Maeve is destined to return to the place that she “abandoned” in the first season, aka the park. But is it the Westworld park that the host is headed back into, or is it perhaps one of Delos’s other playgrounds, like Samurai World? Last we see Maeve, she makes the sentient decision to exit the train that would have taken her out of Delos, and seems to now be determined to find the host that played her daughter in her previous narrative. If this does play out, she would be headed into “Park 1” – could that be Westworld, or a park we’ve yet to discover?
Newton also can’t help but brag about the brilliance of Nolan and Joy, not only in their ability to create such a masterful show, but how they go about doing so:
“Nothing’s ever taken for granted on this show, let me tell you. I’m in awe of our showrunners, Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, because they have a whole other world inside their heads, and it’s watertight. It’s really consistent. Whenever you ask them, they have the answers. They’ve got a very strong sense of what will and can happen.”
They may have answers to the actors’ questions, but you can bet those answers are calculated and designed to reveal just enough information to satisfy the inquiries without divulging too much. After all, the actors (particularly Evan Rachel Wood [Dolores]) are fans themselves and like to theorize just as much as we do!
Newton goes on to discuss how her work as a human rights activist has paralleled her experience playing Maeve, and how the show has helped her work through some of her own crises. Check out the entire interview, and let us know what you think!