At long – LONG – last, we finally have a date for the premiere of Westworld‘s third season! According to a new (and somewhat ominous) trailer released last night, we only have two more months of waiting ahead of us. That’s right – the first episode of season three will air on March 13, 2020.
The trailer shows a timeline of events beginning in our own past and continuing into the future, with each one listed as a “divergence” until we get to 04.17.39 – “System Initiated, Undisclosed Location, ‘Solomon’ Build 0.06.” The next, and final, event is another divergence on 02.27.58 – a “critical event” at an unknown location. Some have speculated this was the park uprising, but perhaps it’s an event that hasn’t occurred yet – one we will see in season three.
Check it out below.
Past interviews, set photos, and trailers have seemed to suggest that the main focus this season will be the world outside of the park. Showrunner Jonathan Nolan has said that “one of the big themes of season three is going to be algorithmic determinism…‘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.”
Westworld has used a new fictional company, Incite to promote the season as well. Incite’s website proclaims, “Powered by our revolutionary strategy engine, we are able to calculate sophisticated solutions to problems large and small, from global climate change to personal career growth. We believe we have a personal responsibility to make the world a better place, starting at home. Here at Incite, your data doesn’t work for us — we work for you.”
Is Incite in any way related to Delos? Perhaps there is a time jump forward where Delos has folded and Incite has taken over the park. If they are the company responsible for this Solomon build, perhaps they are using data and algorithms to predict and control events, and essentially enslaving humanity by removing free will. What is Incite’s true purpose? Has Artificial Intelligence already taken over? I suppose we’ll have to wait until March to find out…but we may find Westworld leaving us with more questions than answers.