With the April 22nd premiere of Westworld just over a week away – and screening events beginning next week – HBO has released the titles and descriptions for the first five episodes of season 2! Of course, it wouldn’t be Westworld if they gave away their secrets, so the information is decidedly vague, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate!
Here are the details from the HBO press release:
Episode #11 (season 2, episode 1): “Journey into Night”
Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 22 (9:00-10:10 p.m. ET/PT)
The puppet show is over, and we are coming for you and the rest of your kind. Welcome back to Westworld.
Written by Lisa Joy & Roberto Patino; directed by Richard J. Lewis.
Episode #12 (season 2, episode 2): “Reunion”
Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Why don’t we start at the beginning?
Written by Carly Wray & Jonathan Nolan; directed by Vincenzo Natali.
Episode #13 (season 2, episode 3): “Virtù e Fortuna”
Debut date: SUNDAY, MAY 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
There is beauty in who we are. Shouldn’t we, too, try to survive?
Written by Roberto Patino & Ron Fitzgerald; directed by Richard J. Lewis.
Episode #14 (season 2, episode 4): “The Riddle of the Sphinx”
Debut date: SUNDAY, MAY 13 (9:00-10:10 p.m.)
Is this now? If you’re looking forward, you’re looking in the wrong direction.
Written by Gina Atwater & Jonathan Nolan; directed by Lisa Joy.
Episode #15 (season 2, episode 5): “Akane No Mai”
Debut date: SUNDAY, MAY 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
ショーグン・ワールドへようこそ (Welcome to Shogun World)
Written by Dan Dietz; directed by Craig Zobel.
The returning cast includes: Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores), Thandie Newton (Maeve), Ed Harris (Man in Black), Jeffrey Wright (Bernard), James Marsden (Teddy), Tessa Thompson (Charlotte), Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Armistice), Clifton Collins Jr. (Lawrence), Luke Hemsworth (Stubbs), Louis Herthum (Peter Abernathy), Simon Quarterman (Lee Sizemore), Talulah Riley (Angela), Rodrigo Santoro (Hector Escaton), Angela Sarafyan (Clementine), Shannon Woodward (Elsie), Ben Barnes (Logan), Jimmi Simpson (William), Leonardo Nam (Felix Lutz) and Ptolemy Slocum (Sylvester).
New cast members for the second season include: Fares Fares (Antoine Costa), Katja Herbers (Grace), Gustaf Skarsgård (Karl Strand), Hiroyuki Sanada (Musashi), Peter Mullan (James Delos), Rinko Kikuchi (Akane), Zahn McClarnon (Akecheta), Tao Okamoto (Hanaryo), Betty Gabriel (Maling), Jonathan Tucker (Craddock), Julia Jones (Kohana) and Kiki Sukezane (Sakura).
“Journey into Night” seems pretty self-explanatory, so we should see the aftermath of Dolores’ massacre at the gala and the beginnings of the host uprising. “Reunion” could apply to many characters, but the “start at the beginning” could be a clue. Maybe we’ll see William and Logan reunite after their first trip together?
“Virtù e Fortuna” (virtue and fortune) are concepts discussed by Machiavelli, which seems to be what this title is referencing. Machiavelli’s idea of virtue focused on the “martial spirit and ability of a population or leader,” while fortune – or luck – was fickle and could stand in the way of progress. Perhaps this episode will focus on Dolores and those who may oppose her brutal tactics.
“The Riddle of the Sphinx” is as enigmatic as the mythological being it references. The description could reference the hosts’ difficulty separating their memories from reality, but also that those memories are vital to their future. The fifth episode, “Akane No Mai,” seems obviously centered on Shogun World. I couldn’t find a translation for the title, so please comment if you know the meaning!
What do you think Westworld fans? Let us know in the comments!