Violent delights may have violent ends, but Westworld’s enticements are in no danger of being shut off, even after an aborted robo-apocalypse on the island of lost dreams turned it into a waking nightmare. Which is happy news for us, cowboy. Westworld Season 3 was confirmed early during the second season’s run. And we’re getting intriguing new teases about it to this day, including news that it will be joining its other HBO genre brethern at SDCC 2019.
HBO has announced that Westworld, as well as Watchmen and His Dark Materials, are joining Game of Thrones in the coveted Hall H cavern. In the case of Westworld, it will panel in Hall H on July 20 at 1:15pm. This will follow an autograph signing session earlier that day. In attendance for the robo-show will be creators and showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, as well as stars Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, and Tessa Thompson.
Westworld Season 3 Release Date
Westworld Season 3 is currently filming, and HBO has confirmed it will arrive at some point in 2020.
Westworld Season 3 Trailer
Right before the Game of Thrones season 8 finale aired, HBO revealed the first Westworld Season 3 trailer, set to Pink Floyd’s “Brain Damage.” If you didn’t notice, we’re no longer in Sweetwater, Toto.
Westworld Season 3 Cast
The most internet waves-making casting for season 3 has been of course Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul getting cast as a series regular. Offering the chance to help lead a “repilot” for season 3, Paul plays a disillusioned malcontent living in this show’s version of the future. Perhaps this is why we know he’s a thief in his world, but he might become something more when he catches the eye of Dolores.
Lena Waithe (The Chi) will appear in Westworld Season 3. It’s unknown what role she will be playing but it’s expected to involve the incoming conflict between robots/hosts and humanity. French actor Vincent Cassel (Irreversible, Black Swan, Ocean’s Thirteen) is also cast in an unknown role that is credited for all 10 episodes.
With the fate of so many of the main cast members’ characters up in the air come the end of Season 2, Westworld could do a major reset in Season 3. Either way, Paul is credited with appearing in all 10 episodes of season 3. And of course Evan Rachel Wood, Tessa Thompson, Thandie Newton, and Jeffrey Wright will all play major roles. Also, perhaps to your surprise given the second season ending, Ed Harris’ Man in Black will also be returning, as will Katja Herbers as his daughter (or at least a replica of her since, well, you know….).
Scott Mescudi and Marshawn Lynch also have key roles.
Westworld Season 3 Story
As you’ve already gathered from the Westworld Season 3 trailer, we are in a “whole new world.” This is hardly a surprise though since Westworld showrunners Joy and Jonathan Nolan sat down with The Hollywood Reporter back during the end of the second season to say that season 3 would offer the opportunity to explore the perspective of a species with a nigh-immortal lifespan. At that point, characters can start thinking about things in the span of eons as opposed to years.
“I think it’s a radical shift,” Nolan said. “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.”
This ties in with our previous theories about season 3 potentially expanding its timelines to include events hundreds, if not thousands, of years in the future. This was hinted at during the post-credits scene of the season 2 finale. Joy likewise calls season 3 an opportunity to “repilot” the series, and that includes the new direction taken by Tessa Thompson’s character.
In the season 2 finale, Thompson’s Charlotte Hale was killed with extreme prejudice by Dolores, who had then assumed her visage. Yet by the end of season 2, Dolores is back in a model based on her original body, and the Charlotte Hale clone played by Thompson was a mystery character. Joy also touched on what that could look like in season 3.
Says Joy, “So we always knew that we were going to do this reveal and let her expand into this new role. We have a very diabolical arc for her planned out. Part of the fun for the character will be self-realization. She will be realizing the things we know about who she is.”
And if you’re wondering whether Westworld is going to go full Lost on us, Joy also sought to nix that notion in a more recent interview:
“We have an ending in mind; we’ve had it from the pilot. It’s very emotional, I think. I can’t tell you exactly when that ending will come… but I think for every season what we try to do is tell a chapter of the story that gives you closure and then opens a door to a new chapter…The overarching question of the series is, what will become of this new lifeform? So I feel it would be irresponsible to not have an end goal in mind.”