Westworld Roundup: Evan Rachel Wood on Season 2; Interview with Set Director Julie Ochipinti; Secret Season Names Revealed!

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Promotion is heating up for Westworld’s second season, which is just over a month away! Today we bring you season two insights from Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy), a peek behind the scenes with Set Decorator Julie Ochipinti, and an interesting revelation from showrunners and co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.

In an interview with Metro, Wood discusses the strenuous process of filming season two and asserts that “season one was a walk in the park compared to what’s coming up.” It was “much more difficult, because the game has changed and the characters changed. I mean, we are basically all coming back and we are resurrecting our characters but they are not the same.”

The secrecy surrounding the show provided additional challenges. “It was nerve-racking because we are not allowed to have all of the information, sometimes we are doing the episodes out of order. We sometimes even did scenes for episodes that hadn’t even been read. No one knows what is happening. We’d turn up on set and go, ‘What episode is this? What happened just before? What is about to happen?’ Then we’d work in those parameters.”

Despite the difficulties, Westworld has been a huge success with high expectations for season two. How does Wood feel heading into the second season? “It’s strange playing a role that you helped create but now belongs to so many people. It’s not just me. It’s bigger than me at this point. And there is a huge responsibility to that.”

Read the rest here.


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HBO takes us deeper into Westworld, as we get a look at how the world was built with Set Decorator Julie Ochipinti. In the interview, Ochipinti discusses the hard work that goes into making each set as realistic as possible. “Taking words and trying to make sense of them visually can be quite challenging, but everybody just starts pulling information and finding the coolest shit you can get your hands on – that you dress into your set – making the world feel as real as your own world that you live in.”

This attention to detail began on the very first day of production. “In the pilot you set down the rules for Westworld. It should feel like you could close your eyes and open your eyes, and you would know – no matter what comes up – it has a Westworld stamp on it. That’s the goal.” Ochipinti also stresses the uniqueness of her job, saying, “This year I’m building a ton of weird shit that [you] can’t go to the robot store for this stuff…I mean, there’s not even words for these things. ‘Oh that’s a host-making machine. Oh yeah, okay.’ That’s totally a normal conversation that you have every day over the dinner table.”

While the work is definitely rewarding, it’s not without its stress. “You have to be sort of a badass, especially as a woman in this business. I can get in and get dirty. I don’t have a lot of fear. But nothing can prepare you for Westworld,” Ochipinti confesses. “There is no training, no background course, there is nothing. You just show up and you die, or you survive.”

The full video is worth a watch, as it provides an early look at the season two sets – check it out below.


Finally, Entertainment Weekly shares a revealing – yet cryptic – excerpt from a forthcoming interview with showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. They discuss the direction season two will take and share their secret names for seasons one and two. “If the first season was a journey inward, this is a journey outward,” Nolan says. “This is a search for what is else is beyond the park, and what else is in the park. Are there more parks? How big is the park? What’s beyond the park?”

He goes on to reveal that each season has a unique name. “We think of our seasons as discrete components in the series, to the point where we’ve named our seasons. The first season was called ‘The Maze.’ The second season is called ‘The Door,’” to which Joy remarks, “I can’t believe he just told you that!”

“The Maze” is pretty self-explanatory, but what’s the meaning behind “The Door?” Could it be related to Bernard saying “What door?” when he failed to see the basement door in Ford’s cottage? Is it a door to another park, or perhaps a secret part of the Delos facility? Speculate away in the comments!

3 responses to “Westworld Roundup: Evan Rachel Wood on Season 2; Interview with Set Director Julie Ochipinti; Secret Season Names Revealed!”

  1. These season names, they’re all pretty self-explanatory… Season one was all about the hosts, their own journey to know what they are and how they work. Now, this season is much more about the world itself, and not only the hosts. We’re going to see much more about the parks and how they’re managed, in what the showrunners called a journey outwards… That’s what a door is for, metaphorically

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  2. It could be even more symbolic than that, though. To try and bridge this idea with what Vanessa touched on above: maybe “The Door” does have to do with the “What door?” comment, in that there has always been this ‘door’ to the outside world, the real world, but the hosts couldn’t ‘see’ it because of their programming. But now that the hosts have found their consciousness (some of them at least) they can finally ‘see’ this ‘door’ to the real world; the real world is finally theirs for the taking, in a way.

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