Westworld boss Lisa Joy answered our burning questions following Sunday night's supersized season 2 finale "The Passenger."
Keep reading for the latest spoilers!
On what to expect from season 3:
It's going to be a whole new world. And we technically have three [hosts], because Hale is out there, too, or someone who certainly looks like Tessa Thompson! We'll come to see who's really there and what that character is in the future. This series is about reinvention and scope. The first season was a more intimate look at the park from within the loops. In the second season, the hosts broke out of their loops and were able to explore more of the park. In the third season, they've broken out of the park itself. We're in a new terra incognita. From the beginning, when Jonah and I were thinking about the series as far back as the pilot, we knew we wanted to explore other worlds in the park, and we also knew the one world we would start to see little glimpses of throughout the first two seasons was the real world, and that we would get there eventually — and when we did, it would be a whole new experience.
On that post-credits scene which sees William in the future:
In the far, far future, the world is dramatically different. Quite destroyed, as it were. A figure in the image of [William's] daughter — his daughter is of course now long dead — has come back to talk to him. He realizes that he's been living this loop again and again and again. The primal loop that we've seen this season, they've been repeating, testing every time for what they call 'fidelity,' or perhaps a deviation. You get the sense that the testing will continue. It's teasing for us another temporal realm that one day we're working toward, and one day will see a little bit more of, and how they get to that place, and what they're testing for.
On whether we'll see a time jump in season 3:
I think that storyline is something we'll get to eventually. But season three, the main story, will not be leaping forward that far forward. I'm really curious creatively to see what happens to Bernard and Dolores, now that they've finally earned their freedom. I think we'll see a lot more of that.
On what's next between Dolores and Bernard:
They will likely come into conflict.
They may even kill each other. But she's come to understand that true freedom isn't something that arises from a lack of dissent, from a dictatorial or totalitarian rule of one set of ideologies. It's something that has to happen with a plurality of ideas, sometimes coming into conflict. Because she's learned her lesson, she's bringing Bernard back into this world to be a check on her own power, in some ways.
As to whether some season 2 characters will be MIA next season, co-creator Jonathan Nolan offered:
It's a large ensemble cast and sadly we're saying goodbye to some people at the end of this season.
But as always with this show, who remains and who doesn't is something we're having a lot of fun with.
When will Westworld season 3 premiere?
Here's the latest from Nolan:
There’s going to be a bit of a wait for a third season.
We’re still talking it through, honestly, with our friends at HBO, and with the cast and the crew. We want to take the time to make every season as exciting as possible. And we have an enormous challenge going into Season 3 with the worlds that we’re building going forward. We want to make sure we have the time to do that right.
Want to know more about Westworld season 2? Check out these BTS clips released by HBO: