We have another round of new interviews to share with you at the beginning of this final week (can you believe it?) before the season two premiere! Luke Hemsworth (Ashley Stubbs) discusses his character’s place in the Westworld universe, Angela Sarafyan (Clementine Pennyfeather) teases her season two role, and Simon Quarterman (Lee Sizemore) shares Sizemore’s plan to survive the host uprising. We also have a fun video with Quarterman teaming up with Jimmi Simpson (William) to review the major characters and events of season one.
Speaking with Brinkwire, Hemsworth describes his character as one of the few “good” humans on the show – which isn’t saying much given how awful most of them seem to be. “The way I’ve always played him is that he was not a torturer, and did not enjoy any of the sadistic stuff. He was a worker, he would get stuff done, but didn’t take any pleasure in any of the pain.” Hemsworth adds, “I found that more interesting, because every other human in the park is a complete asshole. So, there’s gotta be a ray of sunshine here somewhere. Some hope for our species.”
That hope, he believes, comes from acknowledging humans’ failures and growing from them – which applies to the real world as well. “I think I’m quite a positive person, and the show examines the human race’s propensity toward violence. And that was jarring for me, that it is something that people really respond to with violence…We examine a lot of dark things, and we shine the light at ourselves, and it is dark,” Hemsworth confesses. “But maybe by shining a light on the dark stuff, we are evolving. We can evolve.”
Hemsworth also touches on whether we’ll find out where Stubbs’ allegiance lies, saying, “It was always a question: who does Stubbs actually work for? I guess I can say that that aspect of Stubbs is explored. We pull that apart. Where comes from and where he’s going.” Will he also team up with Elsie again? “That’s addressed as well, for sure,” he admits. “We shot a whole lot of stuff last year that didn’t make the cut with me and Elsie. I think we’re kinda destined to cross paths in more ways than one.”
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One of the lingering questions about season two is what will happen with Clementine? Will she remain a mindless automaton or will she somehow regain any part of her personality? In an interview with The Mary Sue, Sarafyan declines to give details, but she does seem to hint that we’ll see some of the old Clem. “What was fun about season two was that I got to play different elements of her. So it was interesting to have that kind of opportunity.”
She continues, “I think that in season one, [her] tragedy is what brings her strength out. She’s framed, in a way, and then she’s put down, but she then finds this other part [of her]. There was an innocence to Clementine before all of that happened, a naivete, trying to find love in every person, every john, every woman, or man that comes along, and she wants to make that connection other than sex. So, you will see that.”
Perhaps Clementine’s friendship with Maeve will help her recover some of her memories. “I think that love connects Clementine and Maeve. And I think that bond is ultimately what you’re searching for in life. Who are those few people that are dearest to you…I think that’s their relationship. They’re connected,” Sarafyan explains. “And you will see elements of that explored in the season. ”
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From what we’ve seen from the season two trailers and photos so far, Lee Sizemore looks to be a hostage of Maeve, who demands his help to find her daughter. Quarterman shares his thoughts on Sizemore’s predicament with TV Line, saying, “He’s incredibly ill-equipped for this kind of situation. I think he lived a lot of his time entitled and everything’s falling into his lap — the way that he feels it should…so being in this situation with Maeve, and with his relationship with the hosts, isn’t that great.” He adds, “We find him floundering.”
How will Sizemore handle it? “The tables have turned completely in this season, and that goes for across the board. Yeah, I think this rankles him, sure, but he’s also hyperaware that he has no other choice but to go along with Maeve because it’s his best shot. Really it’s the only shot he’s got if he’s going to survive.” Perhaps time with the hosts will change his perspective? Quarterman remains vague, but does admit there is a chance. “Possibly. I can’t really quite go into all of that, but yeah that’s a difficult one for me to even touch, so I’ll just leave it as ‘possibly.'”
Sizemore’s character has been used mostly for displaying some of the worst traits of humanity as well as for comic relief, but maybe we’ll see him be redeemed this season. “Anyone finding themselves in a situation such as this, and the challenges that they might face, are certainly forced to maybe look at other areas of themselves that they might not really been aware of.” Quarterman admits.
Head over to TV Line for more.
Need to refresh your memory on season one but don’t have time to watch all 10 episodes? The Wrap has you covered! Check out their video recap with Simon Quarterman and Jimmi Simpson below:
We’re in the home stretch now Westworld fans! Who’s ready for Sunday?