Westworld renewed for a third season

Avid fans and theorists will be happy to learn that the Emmy-winning HBO Original series has been renewed for a third season as announced by the HBO Programming President Casey Bloys.

In a press statement released today, Bloys notes that “it’s been an extraordinary pleasure to work with the exceptionally talented Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, as well as their gifted cast and crew. From the inspired storytelling to the incredible visuals, we are so excited to see where the next chapter will take us.”

Described by Time as  “one of the biggest shows on earth,” and hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “brilliant” and “enthralling,” Westworld debuted on HBO in October 2016, becoming HBO’s most watched freshman series ever.  It has just started its ten-episode second season on April 23, 2018 after a two-year hiatus.  There’s no word yet on how long before the third season makes it premiere.

WESTWORLD was created for television by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, who are executive producers with J.J. Abrams, Richard J. Lewis, Roberto Patino, Athena Wickham and Ben Stephenson. Production companies, Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television; based on the film written by Michael Crichton.

New Westworld episodes will air Mondays at 9am with same day primetime encore at 9pm.  New episodes will also be available for streaming within the same day on HBO Go, HBO’s online streaming service exclusively available to SKY subscribers.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

6 Takeaways from Journey Into Night, Westworld Season 2’s Explosive Premiere Episode

We’re back in Westworld, thanks to an exclusive advance screening held by HBO and SKY.

Held at the Narra Rooms in the posh Shangri-la at the Fort Hotel last April 19 (four days before its TV premiere on April 23, Monday), the event was attended by selected SKY subscribers as well as members of the press and social media influencers.

By the time this post is published, the episode should have aired on HBO. For those who haven’t watched it yet, be aware that there will be spoilers below!

(Check out my recap of Season 1’s finale episode.)

So far, my thoughts on the episode titled “Journey Into Night” are:

  1. The inmates have taken over the asylum. When we left Westworld during last season’s finale, it was on the brink of chaos. Now we see the aftermath: bodies of both hosts and their human guests are littered everywhere, clear evidence of violent delights that have violent ends.
  2. They are out for blood. Former Sweetwater sweetheart Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) has fully embraced her inner Wyatt. Together with her posse which includes earnest cowboy Teddy Flood (James Marsden) and femme fatale Angela (Tallulah Riley, now promoted to series regular) are hunting down the human guests who were present during Robert Ford’s (Anthony Hopkins) presentation of his new narrative (which has the same title as this episode – Journey Into Night), and subsequent death at Dolores’ hands (yes, he’s really dead as evidenced the maggotty rotting corpse in the beach scene which takes place a few weeks after the shooting). Having broken free of the restriction from killing humans, the hosts are rounding up all the other human survivors and shooting them down or lynching them.
  3. A mother’s love knows no bounds. Former brothel madam Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton) is continuing her search for her daughter in her past narrative, despite knowing that “it is not real,” enlisting the willing assistance of notorious bullet-ridden outlaw Hector Escaton (Rodrigo Santoro) and the reluctant one from narrative designer Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman).
  4. Worlds are colliding. Last season, we discovered that Shogun World exists. Now, thanks to a robotic carcass of a giant robot Bengal tiger which the SWAT peeps say wandered too far from home, we can surmise that there’s probably a Jungle World as well.
  5. The Man in Black (Ed Harris) still has something to keep him busy. Last season, he was told by Ford that the maze (the object of his obsession which turned out to be the hosts’ journey to consciousness) was not for him. In this episode, he was told by Ford’s young robot clone that he is now in the game.
  6. Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) is acting all shady again. We know that this good-hearted head of behavior can be used as a weapon. Seeing him in a series of timejumps, from waking up to security personnel rounding up hosts for the slaughter to his run for survival with Delos director Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson), we know he will prove be central to more violent ends from violent delights.

Westworld Season 2 premiered on HBO (SKYcable ch 168 HD | 54 SD) on April 23, Monday at 9am with a primetime encore telecast at 10am. A new episode airs every Monday at 9am.

New Westworld episodes will also be available for streaming within the same day on HBO Go, HBO’s online streaming service exclusively available to SKY subscribers.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers.  I consider this privilege one of the biggest perks of my job: being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people.

Mayhem abounds as Westworld Season 2 begins

#SpoilerAlert!!!

When we left the Westworld, the place was a mess.

Westworld founder and for-all-intents-and-purposes deity-in-chief Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) has just revealed a new narrative to the board during the launch party before having his head blown off (intentionally) by host Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood).

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Dolores, after reawakening in the lab with Ford and Westworld head of programming and a-host-all-along Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright), realizes that the voice she hears inside her head has been hers all along (the concept of the Bicameral Mind, wooooh!) and therefore has finally gained consciousness.  She then began shooting up the park’s human guests in the party and enjoining the other hosts to revolt, no longer constrained by the “don’t harm the humans” rule.

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The Man in Black (a crusty Ed Harris), revealed to be earnest William (Jimmi Simpson) whose heart was unknowingly crushed by Dolores during his first park visit thirty years ago, revels in the hosts’ revolt even as he is shot in the arm.

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Brothel madam Meave Millay (Thandie Newton) gains superuser rights to Westworld, seizing control of her narrative and those of the other hosts.  She starts her own revolt in the labs and is last seen discovering Shogun World then deciding to search for the daughter she had in her previous narrative.

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After all those reveals and delicious mayhem in Season 1, who could resist a sneak peek into Season 2?  Well, the creators themselves decided to release a spoiler video.

Or maybe not.

Westworld Season 2 premieres in the Philippines on April 23, Monday, at 9am on HBO  (SKYcable ch 54 SD and 168 HD) and will be available for streaming on HBO Go.