The Westworld news continues as we get closer and closer to the second season premiere! In new interviews with Evan Rachel Wood and showrunner Jonathan Nolan, we learn a bit more about Dolores’ and Maeve’s mindsets heading into season two – as well as how their relationships with others will impact their stories.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Wood explains where the season will begin and addresses the challenges of playing Dolores this time around. “We’re going to pick up in the aftermath a bit, and we’re going to see, definitely in the first episode, where Dolores is at with herself, her many selves.” She confesses, “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I spoke to [showrunners] Jonah [Nolan] and Lisa [Joy] before season two started to kinda say, ‘OK, so, where is Dolores now? Is there anything I can watch? Are there any references?’ Like, ‘What tone are you going for?’ And Jonah just goes, ‘I don’t think there’s ever been a character like this,’ and I go, ‘Great! Oh, cool. No pressure! It’s never been done.’”
One of the main influences on Dolores has been her relationship with Teddy Flood (James Marsden). What will their romance be like now that both hosts are free of their narratives? “I think this season, for them, it’s going to be the first time that they’re really interacting off-script…and finding out what their relationship is, now that there are no barriers and no narratives, and if that love is real, you know, or just imagined,” Wood explains.
Marsden shares his view about Teddy as well, saying, “I think there is code of Teddy’s that he’s retained, and a lot of that is his loyalty and allegiance and love and affection for Dolores, but that’s not to say that doesn’t get challenged this season. I think they’re going through a considerable phase of growth, and we’ll see where they go.” Let’s hope that “white hat” Teddy can help Dolores restrain some of her darker impulses as we head into season two!
Check out Wood’s interview below.
In another interview with showrunner Jonathan Nolan, GamesRadar+ shares an excerpt from the print edition of SFX magazine. Nolan gives his take on Dolores’ arc this season, saying, “She is leading this revolution with a cold-eyed, clear understanding of exactly what’s happened to her over the years. She understands [the other characters] in some ways, better than they understand themselves. But the question of what happened to her, the question of how…William, becomes the Man in Black, is something we continue to explore, and her relationship to that character.”
He also weighs in on Maeve (Thandie Newton). “Her character is struggling with the realization that she’s not human,” Nolan admits. “She’s already begun to manipulate her own code. She’s been built to resemble humans, not just physically, but emotionally. And she gets to choose which of those pieces she wants to hang onto. So, when she chooses to listen to that connection to [her daughter] who is equally artificial and has been programmed, the decision to honor that and follow through on that is very beautiful.”
While beautiful, that connection may also prove dangerous. “The question now is, how much will our hosts value the relationships they have, even if their relationships threaten their survival? And the question of ‘At what cost survival?’” Nolan asks. “Maeve, in a sense, has already made that decision; now it’s a question of following through on it. But she is struggling, as Dolores, as Teddy, as Bernard, are all struggling with this understanding that some of the things humans do are very ugly. And some of the things that humans do are very beautiful. And some of the things that the hosts do that are very human may not be things that they want to let go of too soon.”
For the full interview, pick up the latest issue of SFX – available now.