Filming on Westworld‘s third season is rolling steadily along, and Rodrigo Santoro (Hector Escaton) has finally confirmed his involvement and teases what fans can expect. Meanwhile showrunner Jonathan Nolan explains the look and feel they are aiming for in the real world (now that Dolores is out of the park), and mentions a theme that will be prevalent next season.
We have previously seen Rodrigo Santoro in set photos and the latest trailer from San Diego Comic Con, but he hasn’t discussed his return for season three until his latest interview with ET Online. Perhaps responding to fan complaints that season two was overly complex and confusing, Santoro allays those fears, saying, “You will figure it [out]! You will! That’s the thing about this, you will get probably more than you got before” next season.
When asked if his character will be the same Hector from seasons pasts, Santoro refuses to share any details. “I can’t tell you anything! You know the deal with Westworld.” He did tease that we will see more of Hector next season, however. “You will, but we’re still on, like, the middle of it, so I don’t have access to the script. I can’t tell you [for sure], but I think you will.”
Santoro goes on to praise the series and express his appreciation for the opportunity to be a part of it. “I mean, Westworld is such a – I can’t compare it to any experience I had before, not just because of the scope of what is the show, the caliber of talent that I have the opportunity to work with, creatively speaking, and also playing a character that is not human, playing with consciousness, playing with so many things that are so subtle that it’s just hard to even compare. I’m so grateful to be a part of it through this whole process.”
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Speaking to The Playlist, Jonathan Nolan gives us more information about the direction and storyline of season three. He explains that season one was titled “The Maze” and season two titled “The Door,” so the title for season three will be “The New World.” Nolan declines to say that they have left the park for good however.
He also shares his vision for how the outside world should look in season three. “My brother made me watch Blade Runner maybe once a week…That movie is such a brilliantly designed and produced film and when you think of what the future looks like you think of that film. And we wanted to find something a bit different because we got Blade Runner set in 2019 and we got there and it doesn’t look like that, but the thing about dystopias is it can look pretty beautiful.”
“Just because the world is corrupt on the inside doesn’t mean it can’t be smoothed over and pretty on the outside. So we wanted to find ourselves a version of a dystopia that didn’t look like anything we’d seen before.” Nolan says. “And the answer was rather than building it because that’s one option, we went looking for it. We got on a plane and we flew around and we dragged all these lovely people all over the place and we found some pretty rad stuff.”
Nolan also divulges a theme that will be a heavy focus moving forward. “One of the big themes of season three is going to be algorithmic determinism. I think we’re actually entering the age of artificial stupidity…Trying to figure out what the rest of the world looks like, if indeed that is where the show is, and one of the things that’s happening is ‘the Netflix effect.’ Netflix tells you what you want to watch next because there’s some giant algorithm in the sky, that watches what you watch, and decides you’re going to watch a manga for the rest of the night. So just picture that applied to every part of your whole life. And that kind of feels like the world.”
He adds, “One of the fun things about the third season is we discard the idea of metaphor and just deal with the world for what it is, which is a giant shit show.”
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