Creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy debuted the Season 3 trailer for Westworld in Hall H on Saturday. Welcoming you back to a familiar world with a few new faces including Aaron Paul, Lena Waithe, and Vincent Cassel.
What was once a controlled Western theme park setting has evolved to a full on robot takeover by the end of last season. Now they have left the park and have taken to the streets of Los Angeles – or at least Dolores’ (Evan Rachel Wood) character has. It appears Thandie Newton’s Maeve is still in another park – Nazi-occupied Europe. Followed by a song that says “we’ll meet again, don’t know what, don’t know where.”
Lets dive into the trailer and see what we are in store for this upcoming season.
The trailer begins with voiceover from Dolores: “There are machines in this world, but not like us. We are alone. Outnumbered. We have to be smarter than them – or they will find us, and they will kill us.”
Later on she says; “I thought your world would be so different from mine. There’s no difference at all, is there?”
The quote from Dolores makes me wonder if she is talking about the present day political climate and comparing threads of it to Nazi-occupied Europe. Will robots will be suppressed and treated badly in our present day world of L.A.? Most likely – we will have to see and see what context it is meant to be.
Jonathan Nolan gave the Hollywood Reporter some insight on this upcoming season saying; “What’s compelling and appealing about these characters is that they’re not human. As we said in the show, humans are bound by the same loops the hosts are, in some ways even smaller. You couldn’t expect human characters to withstand and survive the kind of story that we’re telling. The hosts have a different version of mortality, a different outlook. I think clearly with Dolores, as she’s laid out, there is a longer view here, a larger set of goals. They’re existential. They span eons. And that’s a fascinating level of story to engage in.”
Nolan went on to say this during the Comic Con panel:
“When we started, Westworld was a dystopia. Three seasons in, I think it’s the best case scenario, to be perfectly honest. The form of AI we have on the show is thoughtful. Murderous, but thoughtful. I think we’re now heading into the era of dumb artificial intelligence.”Nolan referenced how algorithms decides people’s choices in today’s day and age, describing “algorithmic determinism” as a cautionary theme for season three.
“You get to play around with big ideas and pretend they’re far in the future, but they’re not,” he continued. “They’re right now. In season three, we discard with metaphor and deal with the world as it is: a giant shit show.”
“Our civilizations have evolved,” said Joy. “The solutions we can find for the things that keep us somewhat primitive and base and ugly in our desires can improve and become more sophisticated. Sometimes there’s a disconnect between that. My car can drive, but we can’t get rid of violence.”
Check out the trailer for yourself below. No release date has been set – but we can expect season 3 sometime in 2020.