Amidst the glitz, the glam, the sporting, the ads, the Solos, and the Timberlake, one spectacle stood out more than any other at the Super Bowl: Westworld’s Season 2 trailer.
Playing out to a classical rendition of Kanye West’s ‘Runaway,’ the 2-minute trailer presented a dearth of motifs and hidden messages that can help us predict what’s to become of a Westworld ruled by the Hosts.
So here are the most important reveals and secrets from the Westworld Season 2 trailer.
1. An encrypted message leads to Delos corporate website
Crafty redditor deciphered a binary code briefly displayed in the trailer to find www.delosdestinations.com. This isn’t the first Delos website to come out of Westworld — and that older one seems to have new mysteries to uncover (try pressing shift or talking to Aeden, for example).
But Delos Destinations includes a guidebook for new Delos employees, with cryptic messages scrawled out in blood red here and there, insisting, “No one is in control.” Most importantly, there’s also hints at six total themed “worlds” (or parks) aside from Westworld.
One clearly seems to be the Samurai World already teased in Season 1. Fans are speculating that the others could be: Roman World, Medieval World (previously teased by co-creator Lisa Joy.) There’s mentions of a “Tech World” in the guidebook. The trailer also possibly hints at a potential Civil War World (or new narrative).
2. A Game of Thrones cross over?
Did a mention of Medieval World already have you thinking of HBO’s other sprawling narrative world?
Well, back in Season 1 a shot of Westworld’s interactive interactive map shows an orbital sun hanging above it that looks strikingly similar to the famous one at the center of the opening credits for Game of Thrones. Could Game of Thrones just be a Westworld-esque simulated reality? There’s enough sex and violence in it after all.
According to an Entertainment Weekly interview, George R. R. Martin actually even suggested a crossover! But the co-creators of Westworld shot it down.
Or, at least they want us to believe they did.
3. The “unfinished” white Host is part of an army
In one of the most terrifying shots from the trailer, a white, “unfinished” Host (who lacks the human qualities of other Hosts, like flesh and a face) throws a man in a lab coat into machine. It also implies that Bernard is the one commanding the white Host to attack the Delos technician.
One theorizer proposed that this unfinished robot isn’t just a fluke, but actually indication of a militarized Host army. Last season, the suits at Delos said they were looking into non-theme park related uses for Hosts. And it’s not hard to imagine why the military would be interested in commissioning an army of unkillable, immortal robots who they could just repair before sending back out to battle.
Another theorizer proposed that this isn’t Delos’ army, but rather an invention by Ford. Throughout Season 1, we see Ford working on some super secret new Host tech. And giving the Hosts an army of killer robots would appear to be in line with his ultimate plan for a rebellion in the park.
4. Delores’ army of Masked Men
One of the other new and disturbing groups introduced were the terrifying Masked Men. They were actually mentioned in Season 1 as the unstoppable killing machine soldiers Ford created to be loyal to Wyatt, the villain of one of the park’s earliest narratives.
Last season it was revealed that the Wyatt host was actually merged with Dolores, which was why she still had remnants of his personality and memories hidden deep within her programming. The trailer makes it clear that Season 2 Dolores is letting her rage flag fly, with her voice over egging on an all-out war against the humans.
The last image of the trailer shows her standing with a small army of those Masked Men, too. Which means she’s been delivering the “our world” speech about burning everything to the ground and to a bunch of robot super soldiers. She is clearly their General.
So yeah: safe to say Dolores has broken out of her damsel in distress narrative loop.
5. The animal robot revolt
Those who thought the Westworld Host revolution would be confined to the humans got a buffallo horn to the face in the trailer.
Several shots from both the Comic Con teaser and the Super Bowl trailer indicate that the animals will play a very important role in Season 2. In fact, in the shot of Bernard looking out at the lake full of corpses, it appears those are all dead Host animals — like the tiger from the teaser.
They had a stake in this mutiny too.
Importantly, we see Maev as the buffalo wrangler. Last season, she got an update to her coding that allows her to manipulate other Hosts in the park. That means she can probably control the animals too, and can raise an army of robot creatures to lead the charge against the humans.
6. We will finally learn about the outside world.
One of the biggest mysteries left open in Season 1 is: what does the real-world — the one outside Westworld — look like? At most, we only saw guests arriving to the park from the outside, or the technicians working on the park in the Mesa Hub.
In fact, people aren’t even sure what year the outside world is supposed to be set in. Is it the near future? The far future? A different dimension? Another planet?
But one shot from the trailer confirms that we’re finally going to the real world, with Logan (from the flashback plotline with Dolores and Jimmi Simpson) standing at an IRL party. This means we’ll likely see how Jimmi Simpson (AKA the Man in Black) came to be one of Westworld’s top shareholders — and why his wife (AKA Logan’s sister) hated him so much.
As, a look at the Delos Incorporated website also reveals that the show takes place in 2052.
7. Why pick a song like ‘Runaway’?
It’s a toast to the assholes. The beautiful piano rendition of Kanye West’s ‘Runaway’ adds many layers of meaning to the trailer. For one, the finale of Season 1 saw a literal toast for the assholes celebrating Ford’s new narrative. But then, those assholes got toasted by Dolores’ violent Host rebellion.
In Season 2, though, it’s a lot less clear who the assholes of this story really are. Now that Dolores has reached consciousness, she’s out for vengeance. And in the shot of her gunning down guests that are running away from her, she looks an awful lot like the violent guests who liked killing and torturing Hosts for fun.
Maybe, this whole season is one big toast to the idea that, robot or human, we’re all assholes.
Also, if you ask the “Host” Aeden on the Discover Westworld website about ‘Journey into Night’ — which is the name of Ford’s new narrative, and the first episode of Season 2 — it assures you that, “Journey into Night has been a runaway success.”
Season 2 premieres April 22.
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