Ben Barnes Confirms His Return to Westworld for Season 2!

Ben Barnes on his Involvement in Season Two

It’s long been rumored that Westworld season 1 star Ben Barnes (Logan) would be making a return in the upcoming second season, a thought that only gained more steam when Jimmi Simpson (William) confirmed his return to the show for season 2. Now it looks like we have definitive proof that us wishful fans were right!

Speaking with Screen Rant about his involvement in the Netflix series The Punisher, Barnes revealed this promising bit of information about whether or not he’s heard from Westworld‘s producers about season 2:

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Westworld Roundup: Tessa Thompson on Her Character’s Authority; Ed Harris on the Shooting Schedule; Gustaf Skarsgard on his First Day on Set

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As filming for Westworld‘s second season continues to roll on, a few of the show’s stars found some time this week to chat about the series and their respective characters.

First up is Tessa Thompson, who made a big splash on the show during her mid-season introduction as Delos board member Charlotte Hale. During a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the actress opened up about the impact her character has on the show, and particularly how she establishes her authority:

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Halloween Goes Westworld!

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With approximately six months left in our agonizing wait for season two of Westworld, we fans must find ways to entertain ourselves until the premiere is finally upon us. Luckily the season one 4k Ultra HD home video release is less than a week away, but in the meantime we can celebrate the creativity of the Westworld fandom with our Halloween wrap up!

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Jonathan Nolan Discusses Westworld’s Season One 4k Home Video Release

Westworld Season 1 Disc Package

As first reported a few months ago, Westworld will be making history as it soon becomes the first scripted show to offer a home video-version of its freshman season in 4k Ultra HD resolution (along with Blu-Ray and DVD formats). This will give the diehard fans (like myself) the opportunity to experience the greatness of the first season with even more stunning visual and audio elements.

Westworld‘s co-creator and co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan found some time in his busy shooting schedule to catch up with Entertainment Weekly regarding the upcoming home video release, which is set to drop on November 7th. As he explains, allowing fans to experience the true film-based visuality of the show is of utmost importance:

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Exclusive New Westworld Photos Reveal Updated Set Pieces!

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Even as Westworld‘s cast and crew head out to Utah to continue filming the second season, it looks like the show’s presence at California’s Melody Ranch set is by no mean over! Westworld Watchers reader Jeanne was recently able to take some pictures of the set pieces within the Melody Ranch compound, a couple of which lend even more credibility to some popular fan theories.

About a month ago, we reported that metal scaffolding had been added to the exterior town set. It was unclear what this scaffolding was being used for, and if it would appear in front of the camera or would solely be used to help support the crew. This is what the set looked like with the metal scaffolding visible:

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Actors Share New Photos from Westworld Season 2 Locations!

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Photo credit: Getty Images

With Westworld reported to be on location in Utah this month for season 2 filming, cast members are taking advantage of the beautiful scenery. Several actors have posted breathtaking photos on Instagram recently, including Jeffrey Wright (Bernard Lowe), Luke Hemsworth (Ashley Stubbs), Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy), James Marsden (Teddy Flood), and newcomer Katja Herbers (Grace). While not terribly revealing, they do confirm the cast is in Utah and hint at which characters may be interacting onscreen.

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Westworld Newcomer Katja Herbers Drops Major Hint About a Possible Season 2 Return!

Katja Herbers Casting

As filming continues on Westworld‘s second season, we have some interesting information to share courtesy of new cast member Katja Herbers. The Dutch actress recently spoke to Veronica Magazine about her filming experience, and – as reported by the site De Telegraaf – the Dutch actress describes the shoot as “physically quite intensive, working days of sixteen, seventeen hours.” She explains that this contrasts to filming in the Netherlands, which typically stops after ten hours. In the United States however, “Everyone gets paid overtime, but it’s working until you drop.”

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Jimmi Simpson Compares Westworld and Black Mirror in New Interview

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Jimmi Simpson turned out a memorable performance as William in Westworld’s first season. His portrayal of heroic William’s descent into darkness and evolution into the villainous Man in Black was both masterful and heartbreaking. Luckily we will get to see more of his backstory, as Simpson has confirmed he is returning to Westworld for season two.

If you can’t wait until then to catch Simpson on the small screen, he will be appearing in another technologically based drama later this year – Black Mirror. In an interview today with The Cheat Sheet, Simpson shares his thoughts about the show and how it compares to Westworld.

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Westworld Releases Casting Call for Utah-Based Extras!

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It looks like the Westworld cast and crew will soon be headed back out to picturesque Utah to continue shooting the show’s second season!

CBS’s Salt Lake City affiliate KUTV, who recently obtained a news release, is reporting that Westworld is currently seeking local men and women of all ages to serve as extras on the show, which will reportedly shoot in the southern Utah area around mid to late October. This timeframe is consistent with an initial report we received earlier this year in regards to when Westworld would be returning to the state.

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