There were many reasons to love Westworld‘s first season – the incredible acting, beautiful scenery, intriguing storyline – but what really set it apart was the mystery. It engaged the audience right from the start, as viewers desperately tried to piece together clues and figure out what was really going on in the park. The theories they proposed grew momentum as the season went on, with each new hint adding fuel to the fire.
Hardcore fans likely believe they left no stone unturned from season one, but star Evan Rachel Wood disagrees. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she confesses there is still more to discover.
Working on season two prompted Wood to take another hard look at those first ten episodes. “I’m going back to things in the first season. That’s what’s so cool about the show, what [showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy] worked so hard on,” she explains. “There are things I actually said as Dolores that I had no idea of the significance of until filming this season, and now I’m going, ‘My god, they were telling us!’”
Nolan and Joy have always had an idea of where the story would take them, and they foreshadowed that future right from the start. With all the layers and complexity, Wood believes that “even when we’re in season 7, you’ll still be able to go back to the pilot and find clues that were right in front of you.”
Wood warns that even the background shouldn’t be overlooked. “Every time I walk on a set, I’m like, ‘What did you guys put in here?’ The pictures on the walls, the books on the shelves…there’s forethought with everything.”
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Speaking of season one, it left the fate of the Delos board’s Executive Director up in the air after Dolores’ shooting spree. By now we know of course that Tessa Thompson‘s Charlotte Hale will be back – but will she be the same?
Speaking to Parade, Thompson declined to give any details about season two, but she did suggest that Charlotte’s experience may have changed her – not necessarily for the better. “The one thing that I can say is the first season, it was very much us and them, and Charlotte was not really inside of the park. She was in the underbelly of the park, or she was in her plush hotel room.”
“She wasn’t really integrated into the park, and this season, she’s in the park,” Thompson admits. “She’s in the park and everything that’s happening in the park she has to contend with it retroactive and like all of the hosts. So I will say, in a way, I think this season brings her down to size and you get to see a very different Charlotte than the first season.” Since Charlotte doesn’t seem the type to enjoy being brought down, she may be ready to take her vengeance on the hosts at the first opportunity.
Check out the entire interview here.