Season 3 of “Westworld” is going to new worlds altogether.
Unveiled during the show’s Comic-Con panel, the trailer teases Thandie Newton’s character Maeve entering a new world of hosts set during World War II. Meanwhile, in the human world, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and her fellow hosts who escaped “Westworld” in season 2 are being hunted down by humans.
“We all have our role to play, there are machines in this world but not like us,” says Dolores.
Later in the trailer, Aaron Paul’s character is seen cradling Dolores in his arms, while Tessa Thompson’s character (whoever she is at this point) strides towards the camera with her cigarette in her mouth and a determined look on her face.
The third season will take place at some point in the 2050 to 2060 time frame.
Season 2 of “Westworld” ended in rather confusing fashion, with viewers hard pressed to figure out exactly which hosts had escaped the manufactured world and made it into the real one. Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy had previously acknowledged just how baffling season 2 proved to be at times, and the duo revealed that season 3 will have the main theme of “the new world.”
Thompson weighed in on her character being taken over by Dolores in season 2 and how she consulted Evan Rachel Wood on how to capture the essence of the character.
“I like in the moments where I feel like I don’t have free will, it’s fun to be controlled by masters like Lisa and Jonathan who do bad things to you,” Thompson said.
The panel also featured returning cast members Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright and Luke Hemsworth, as well as excited newbie Aaron Paul.
“I’m tripping out that I’m here right now, I’m such a psychotic fan. I was shell shocked and star struck,” Paul said of his first day on set.
Other than being a fan of the show, Paul revealed what attracted him to starring in season 3 was how the stories told in the first couple seasons had made him re-think his perspective on life.
“The story that they’re telling in the first couple seasons made me look a the world through a more focussed lens and it also makes me think that maybe we are all just living in a simulation,” Paul said.
The panel featured a lot of dancing around what the story for season 3 will consist of and what will be in store for the main characters. However, there was a good deal of conversation about the violence in the show and how the show “puts a critical lens on it.”
Thompson recounted one particular moment on set during season 2 in which she saw different sides of how violence can affect people.
“I shot this stunt men and one fell down on the floor and I stepped on this man to walk through him, it felt really badass, I felt really cool,” Thompson began. “Then later in the day I had a gun to Jeffrey’s head and when we were done with that scene we were really upset….suddenly that violence felt very challenging for me.”
Newton discussed the nudity on the show and how her new co-star Vincent Cassel made her realize that Maeve being naked on the show “gives her power.”
“The show didn’t exploit us in that vulnerable stage and my nudity wasn’t sexual, you don’t remember it in a demoralizing way having been sexually exploited, you think about it and her power,” Newton said.
The first look at season 3, which HBO
released back in May, didn’t reveal much in the way of plot and fans could be forgiven for not realizing what show was being teased, given the seemingly radical departure in environment from the previous two iterations. It wasn’t until Aaron Paul’s character came across Evan Rachel Wood’s Dolores in seemingly dire straights that things took a turn for the more familiar. The trailer also showed Paul making an explosive entrance as Los Angeles construction worker Caleb, alongside Lena Waithe and Vincent Cassel’s new characters.
HBO hasn’t yet disclosed an official release date for “Westworld” Season 3, but it’s known that the third installment won’t debut on the premium cabler until 2020.