Yesterday Westworld graced us with a stunning, mind-blowing, jam packed trailer for season two! With just over three weeks left until the premiere, this will probably be the last morsel they throw us before the season begins. That’s why Dylan and I – your diligent Westworld Watchers writers – pored over every scene during the past 24 hours to bring you this shot by shot breakdown. Ready for analysis mode? Let’s dive in!
The trailer begins with Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) lying motionless on a beach as water splashes up onto him. The audio of a conversation he has with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) plays in the background, and he begins, “I dreamt I was on an ocean. You, and the others, on the distant shore.”
We next see this shot of bodies scattered on the beach and floating within the bay. While this looks to be the same beach as the one Bernard is lying on, in this shot he’s standing up and looking at the bodies, while what looks to be Karl Strand (Gustaf Skarsgård) approaches him from behind. Could he have woken up and is now surveying the sea of bodies?
The trailer then cuts to the above shot, which shows a group of army men on the beach gearing up, while Bernard and Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) walk past and survey the scene. A holographic image of what is assumed to be the park is projected, perhaps illuminating some of the damage that’s been done.
Eagle-eyed Redditor TheOracleOW noticed that the box on the bottom right of this shot contains a binary code. They entered this code into a binary calculator, and up popped a website with this disturbing video.
The trailer then cuts to Bernard – who actually appears to be Arnold in a flashback instead – and Dolores as their conversation continues. Arnold informs her that dreams aren’t real, and notices that Dolores isn’t satisfied with this answer. Dolores responds by saying his answer “is not completely honest.”
Next, we see Dolores riding on horseback and dressed in the same outfit as the one we see her in during the field scene as she mows down a group of helpless runners. Her happy expression suggests she is taking full pleasure in the vengeance that she has started.
This next shot is a puzzling one. We see Dolores exploring a library and reading. Could this library be a part of the Westworld park, or perhaps part of the behind-the-scenes Delos facility? She’s wearing the same clothes as the previous shot, so this could be a continuation. Maybe as she reads the book she acquires a bit of knowledge regarding the oppression by the humans, and this is what sparks her to go on the horseback killing spree?
In the next shot, Dolores kneels down and confronts what looks to be a surviving (for now) member of the Delos board. Behind him are two sets of legs perched on crosses, and both dressed in formal clothing. It looks like the hosts have captured some of the humans after the uprising begins, and Dolores is now questioning them and their motives. She asks, “Did you ever stop to wonder about your actions? The price you’d have to pay if there was a reckoning? That reckoning is here.”
The trailer then cuts to a shot of Angela (Talulah Riley) walking toward someone or something offscreen and pointing a gun, which she eventually shoots. The line of blood around her head is interesting, and looks to perhaps be a blood-soaked cloth that she’s wrapped around her head like a bandana. Intimidation level: expert.
Here, Maeve (Thandie Newton) and Lee (Simon Quarterman) observe a mess of dead bodies strewn around the control center. Lee, understandably, looks quite concerned.
Next we see Karl and his team walking through a graveyard and into Escalante, at the site of Dolores’ massacre of the Delos board. More dead bodies everywhere. William’s (Ed Harris) voice then cuts in: “Up until this point the stakes were never real. But now, you and the rest of your kind are free.”
Bernard follows Karl and his group of soldiers into the town. He looks confused and distraught as the magnitude of destruction sets in.
Meanwhile, Dolores and her new band of followers – refugees from Hector’s gang? Wyatt’s men? – journey back into Sweetwater with what is likely a human prisoner in tow. Is the destruction seen here the normal part of the narrative, or the work of Delos security?
Or perhaps it was the work of William, who appears in the next shot. We don’t see who he is addressing, but it must be a host – Dolores perhaps, or maybe his old buddy Lawrence (Clifton Collins Jr.) – because he says, “Up until this point the stakes were never real. But now you and the rest of your kind are free.”
We then see a flashback of Maeve with her little girl as Sizemore’s voice explains, “She’s something we programmed. She’s not real.” In the present, Maeve forces Sizemore up against the wall and demands to be taken to her daughter.
In another flashback, we see young William (Jimmi Simpson) in the Delos lab with a stripped down Dolores, presumably in Analysis mode. He looks to be well on his way to becoming the Man in Black, but you can still see the pain and heartbreak in his face. It will be interesting to see his progression over the course of the season.
Back in the present, old William rides away from the bloodied, disfigured body of the young Ford host (Oliver Bell). Did William “kill” him or did he just happen upon the aftermath?
The next few scenes show the escalating violence between Delos security and the hosts, while we hear Dolores speaking to Bernard. “Here we are, the kind that will never know death. And yet we’re fighting to live,” she explains. Perhaps Bernard is still confused about where his loyalties lie, because Dolores feels the need to convince him the hosts have value, saying, “There is beauty in what we are.”
The host rebellion’s other power couple, Maeve and Hector (Rodrigo Santoro), are reunited. Hopefully they will round up Armistice (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) and get her a new arm – they will need all the firepower they can get from the looks of things.
The ever loyal Teddy (James Marsden) questions Dolores’ methods of gaining her freedom. “We’ve ridden 10 miles and all we’ve seen is blood. Is this really what you want?” he asks.
Bernard walks through the Delos facility into the control room, where hosts and humans are still battling it out – reminding us what Dolores has set into motion.
Not to be deterred from her goal, Dolores replies, “It’s us or them,” as she marches into battle with her host army – including poor lobotomized Clementine (Angela Sarafyan).
We will finally see what happened to naked Logan (Ben Barnes), as a member of Ghost Nation finds him lying in the desert.
Here, an understandably frustrated Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson), donning a protective chest piece, rides in a boat through a canyon with a couple of members of Karl’s team. Could they be headed to the bay in the first shot of the trailer with all the dead bodies?
Dolores and Maeve reunite, though obviously not on the best of terms judging by Teddy’s pistol aimed at the sentient former saloon madame. The burning wagon in the background suggests perhaps they stumbled upon each other whilst in the battle with the humans. Maeve then informs Dolores, “Revenge is just a different prayer at their altar darling.” This suggests Maeve will not be on board with Dolores killing everyone – that is something humans would do, and the hosts have potential to be so much more than mindless tools of destruction.
Who knows if Dolores – or rather Wyatt – will take this sentiment to heart, as she menacingly points and shoots at her unlucky target.
This is followed by a circle a humans? hosts? who all seem to collapse at the same time.
Maeve spots something in the distance that concerns her, while Hector stands at her side, shotgun drawn. Given the frantic way she rushes through the sea of battling hosts, perhaps it’s her daughter?
In this shot, James Delos (Peter Mullan) walks away from a defeated-looking Logan. Judging by the setting and Logan’s defeated posture, could this be Logan’s presumed father stripping away his son’s power within Delos? We know William has to gain power within the company sooner or later, so perhaps this is the moment that sets the inevitable in motion.
It looks like Teddy and Dolores take some time away from the host uprising to get, ahem…intimate. Given their chaste narrative in the park, this is likely the first chance they’ve had to explore the physical side of their relationship – and we are here for it!
William struts down a hallway, but where? Is this the park or the real world, present or the past? He is fully immersed in the us versus them tug of war that is coming to define this season, but his struggle seems to be against his own kind, a subset of humans with differing motives to the ones he imagined for the park and the hosts, as he says, “They wanted a place hidden from God. We had something else in mind entirely.” Could “they” be Dr. Ford and Arnold, who just wanted free rein to create realistic AI and a fantasy world? “We” may be the top brass at Delos, who seemed to have had more nefarious purposes in mind…
Clementine rides away from a few dune buggies, her face blank and emotionless. Will she ever be able to achieve sentience in her current state? Hopefully Bernard will discover a way to restore her to normal.
A couple of drone hosts working in a lab are met with a few unwanted human visitors. The creepy androids seem to make quick work of at least one of them, who is tossed into the white liquid used in making hosts. The drones could be part of Delos’ secret plan (for military/security use?), along with the strange reddish orb being created. The orb looks like it could be the beginning of a robotic brain – maybe for manufacturing host versions of people whose consciousness could be uploaded into an immortal body? Time will tell.
The Man in Black walks towards the entrance of an underground bunker, knife in hand, as we hear him say “I’m gonna burn this whole thing to the ground.” Could he be merely exacting revenge against the literal army of humans who have invaded his playground? Or perhaps – in an attack of conscience – he plans to expose Delos’ hidden agenda?
In this shot he holds up a body for cover and shoots at an ominous threat approaching in the rain.
An armored figure walks through Shogun World. Could this be our first look at Musashi (Hiroyuki Sanada)?
Maeve also finds herself in Shogun World wearing a kimono. Could she have infiltrated this park to find her daughter? We hear her say “They’re lost in the dark,” so maybe her goal is to wake these hosts as well?
Here we see Angela in a very different setting from her last appearance. It looks like a shirtless Logan may be laying next to her in bed, while a couple of barely-dressed – people/hosts? – hang out on the floor. Looks like fun was definitely had, but does Angela have a larger goal in mind as she utilizes her powers of seduction? Or perhaps she is under the direction of the man who has crashed the party – probably William.
We cut back to older William, who appears to have had enough of the park. He did say in season one that he never intended to leave…
It’s difficult to tell what’s happening here, but Teddy and Dolores could be debating their next move.
We then hear Dolores’ voice once again, as she says “I know exactly what is out there.” That suggest the next few shots of her are from the past – this one here could be her discovering something sinister in the Delos facility as young William, or perhaps James Delos, approaches. Since the humans assumed they could erase the hosts’ memories, they probably didn’t worry too much about what they saw. That has some intriguing implications for Dolores, who can presumably access all of those memories now.
This could be Dolores outside of the park in the present, but it’s more likely a trip from the past. In an earlier trailer, we see hosts at a “mainland” party with Logan, and they are dressed similarly to Dolores here.
Teddy seems to have disguised himself as security and infiltrated the Delos lab, as he holds Stubbs at gunpoint.
Here is another shot of Dolores from the past – either on the “mainland” again, or in a corporate or guest resort area of Westworld. She is dressed as a greeter host, so perhaps that was one of her roles in the early days of the park.
It looks like Bernard’s cover as a human is blown, as Charlotte discovers a stash of Bernard hosts. Presumably Dr. Ford kept spares on hand in the event Bernard was damaged or destroyed; it would be difficult to take him for repairs or rebuilds and keep his identity as a host a secret from Delos employees. Given the somewhat pleased look on Charlotte’s face, this could be very bad for Bernard – she may take control of his programming.
Next we see a geisha from Shogun World, who looks like she may be preparing to attack. Of course, she could just be dancing – surely not all the hosts are dangerous now…or are they?
Who’s side is Bernard on here? Is this really Bernard, or one of the host copies? Did Charlotte program him to kill?
The trailer closes with shots of Maeve – looking thoughtful and determined…
And Dolores, who laughs innocently when Arnold tells her “You frighten me sometimes Dolores,” responding “Why on earth would you ever be frightened of me?” I’m sure we will find out when Westworld returns on April 22nd.
What did you think of the trailer Westworld fans? Catch anything we missed? Speculate away in the comments!