So the finale of Westworld , aptly named ‘The Passenger’, saw some major revelations that promised a whole new state of play for the next season.
The race to the Valley Beyond came to a bloody conclusion and saw many character’s journeys come to an end, with an entirely new dynamic to play with going ahead.
Season Two managed to be even more complicated than the first, with multiple timelines finally merging in the feature-length finale.
So where does that leave us as we wait for Season 3?
The Mirror Online examines which cast members will and will not be returning, but also delves into what exactly the next season will tackle and where the post-credits scene fits in.
Be warned, there are spoilers below…
Westworld season 3 release date
The trailer confirmed that Westworld season 3 will return in 2020
Westworld season 3 trailer
The trailer seems entirely set in the outside world and focuses heavily on Breaking Bad star Aaron Pau l as a new character who meets Dolores.
Watch the trailer above.
Westworld season 3 cast
Who will be coming back?
Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy. The first host in Westworld escaped to the mainland in Charlotte’s host body and once more has a body of her own, along with a host-printer and the control units of four other hosts. Her plan remains to destroy humanity.
Thandie Newton as Maeve Millay. The former madam and telepathic host may have been gunned down by Delos in the finale after losing her daughter forever, but the finale more or less confirmed that she would be revived by Felix and Sylvester. Will she ever escape Westworld? And with her daughter gone forever, what will motivate her going ahead?
Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe. The host based on Westworld co-creator Arnold Weber escaped to the mainland thanks to Dolores, but both are resigned to their conflicting world view meaning the pair will be at war. Can Bernard prevent Dolores from destroying humanity?
Tessa Thompson as Charlotte Hale. The human Charlotte Hale was murdered by her own copy containing Dolores’ mind, and this was how Dolores left Westworld. In the real world, the Hale copy remains by Dolores’ side, but what she contains remains to be seen. It isn’t, however, Dolores controlling multiple bodies.
Luke Hemsworth as Ashley Stubbs. The Head of Security for Westworld hinted in the finale that he was either a host or was at least a human in league with Ford all along. Either way, he’s alive to go into Season 3.
Ed Harris as William/The Man in Black. Having questioned if he was human or host and killing his daughter Emily after thinking she was a host, William was saved from Westworld but wounded. A post-credits scene in the future revealed that he will eventually be copied into a host body, however, but how does he get to that situation?
Katja Herbers as Emily. William’s human daughter was killed by her father in Westworld, but the post-credits scene revealed that a host copy will exist at some point in the far future.
We also expect Felix Lutz (Leonard Nam) and Sylvester (Ptolemy Slocum) to return, given their role in salvaging host bodies at the end of the second season.
Who might be coming back?
Rodrigo Santoro as Hector Escaton. The former host-bandit and Maeve’s lover was killed in the host massacre at the end of the season, but like Maeve could be salvaged.
Ingrid Bolso Berdal as Armistice. The former host-bandit and Hector’s partner was killed in the host massacre at the end of the season, but like Maeve could be salvaged.
Angela Sarafyan as Clementine Pennyfeather. The former host-prostitute was killed by Armistice in an attempt to stop her infecting hosts with the desire to kill each other, alas her corpse still produced the same virus. Clementine could be one of the hosts to be salvaged.
Clifton Collins Jr. as Lawrence. William’s former host companion was gunned down by Delos soldiers before he could kill him, but his head and control unit appeared undamaged, meaning he could be salvaged.
Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Robert Ford. We seemed to say goodbye to Ford for good, as his physical and data selves are gone, but with him still pulling strings and appearing in Bernard’s imagination, we imagine that we still haven’t seen the last of him.
Additionally we may see hosts from Shogun World like Musashi (Hiroyuki Sanada) and Akane (Rinko Kikuchi) again, but most likely Armistice’s Shogun counterpart Hanaryo (Tao Okamoto) , who also perished in the massacre.
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Who won’t be coming back?
James Marsden as Teddy Flood. Dolores’ ever-sweet lover killed himself rather than hurt her to prevent her diabolical plans, but also he couldn’t stand the monster she made him. However, Dolores uploaded his consciousness to the virtual paradise The Sublime, where he will remain permanently without her forever.
Simon Quarterman as Lee Sizemore. The once-selfish Narrative Lead showed his affection for Maeve and sacrificed his life to allow her group to escape while he was gunned down by Delos soldiers.
Shannon Woodward as Elsie Hughes. Bernard’s old assistant may have helped stop the hosts, but when she once again asked too many questions about Delos’ machinations, she paid the price and was murdered by Charlotte Hale.
Ben Barnes as Logan Delos. William’s hedonistic brother-in-law was revealed to have overdosed thanks to a drug addiction that grew out of a pivotal fatherly rejection from James Delos. The system of The Forge took Logan’s form to speak with Dolores and Bernard, but we doubt we will see either again any time soon.
Jimmi Simpson as William . We seem to know all we need to know about William’s past now, so we doubt we will see his younger self anytime soon – unless a host version comes out of the woodwork.
Talulah Riley as Angela. The host who once greeted visitors to Westworld and later lieutenant to Dolores, Angela committed suicide to destroy the host back-ups in The Cradle, and with her core unit being obliterated, we doubt she will be making a comeback.
Louis Herthum as Peter Abernathy. Like Angela, Abernathy seemed to die for good when his control unit was removed from his head and used to enter The Forge.
Gustaf Skarsgard as Karl Strand. The Head of Operations found himself on the receiving end of Dolores in Charlotte’s body and was murdered inside The Forge.
Fares Fares as Antoine Costa. Strand’s technician met the same end as his boss inside The Forge.
Zahn McClarnon as Akecheta. The enlightened Ghost Nation leader got his happy ending, being reunited with his true love Kohana (Julia Jones) inside The Sublime where they are permanently sealed.
New Cast Members
In addition to Aaron Paul, the cast will be adding Lena Waithe, Vincent Cassel, Kid Cudi, and Marshawn Lynch.
What will it be about?
The third season will mostly be set in the outside world, with Dolores and Bernard on opposing sides in a war that will decide the fate of humanity and the world. Dolores still wants to destroy their former masters, but Bernard desires a much more peaceful existence – who will succeed?
The trailer focuses on Aaron Paul’s character who is in the outside world and eventually runs into a wounded-looking Dolores.
Meanwhile, inside Westworld it would seem Maeve and other hosts will be salvaged, but it remains to see if they will return to their old roles of servitude, or could they find a way out of their reality?
Finally, despite his journey to The Door taking him to the depths of his dark soul – including the murder of his daughter – William survived the chaos of Season 2. Where next for the Man in Black, and how does a host copy of him end up in the future speaking to Emily?
The creators have confirmed that the post-credits scene took place in the far future and would be the focus of later seasons, not the third.
It has also been confirmed that we will see the other parks, having now seen Westworld, Shogun World, and The Raj.
The post-credits scene takes place after Dolores has wiped out humanity. We know it took place in the far future and that William and Emily are now hosts, but how did The Forge get so abandoned and decrepit? Could Dolores have succeeded in a cataclysmic event and now hosts are all that are left on the planet?
We will never see The Sublime again. It sounds like no one will ever access The Sublime apart from Dolores, so this probably means we will never see Teddy, Akecheta, and Maeve’s daughter ever again.
Stubbs is definitely a host. It was hinted at, but how else would Stubbs know that Charlotte had been replaced, and why talk about having such a chief purpose if he was human?
Maeve’s group of hosts will be revived. Maeve will definitely be back and so will Hector, Armistice, Hanaryo and maybe even Clementine. Our bigger concern will be what their purposes will be going forward and whether Delos will reprogramme them back into servitudue.
Charlotte’s host-copy will develop her own personality. It has been confirmed that Dolores isn’t in two bodies, so who exactly is operating the body of the Charlotte host-copy? We think it’s gaining its own personality, a shade of Charlotte if you will, but will she retain any of her ruthless original’s cruel qualities?
- Westworld will be re-opened to the public. Delos has control of Westworld again, and we doubt it will just be abandoned and won’t appear again, so we expect the park to be opened again next season.
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