'Westworld' Season 2 Theory: Why Dolores And The Gang Won't Be Back Until 2018

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There are Westworld spoilers in these here parts, Yeehaw!

Now that the dust has finally started to settle after Westworld’s explosive finale, we can start to look to the future of the series. We don’t know much about Season 2, but there are a few things that are certain: the man in black may have been shot in the arm but he will return for the next season, the show will return in 2018 and the robots are definitely not going to play nice.

In an interview with Variety, creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy talked about why they are taking a full year to develop the second season. Nolan said: “we’re not going to follow the annual year-on-year tradition of television. Television’s changing. And the ambition of the project is such that we’re going to take our time to get the second season right.” They have only started work on the scripts and outlines and according to Joy: “There’s some surprises and bits of it that you won’t see coming.”

What could those surprises be? What other absolutely mind-fucked insanity do fans of Westworld have in store for their future? Will Teddy, Dolores and the rest of the robot bunch finally gain sentience and live “human” lives? These are just a few of the questions that are going to have to be answered in Season 2, and waiting until 2018 isn’t going to be easy.

Arnold programmed the robots in the park to do and be more, to achieve consciousness through their own actions. As viewers, we have no idea the extent to which Arnold snuck programming into his creations. Ford managed to push the hosts to their limits, but who was actually the one’s pulling the strings? Is it Arnold, Ford or something else entirely? I can’t wait to find out what other surprises are waiting to be revealed, maybe Samurais?

Westworld can go in a couple of different directions: the robot uprising could start to grow and we can end up with a Planet Of The Apes on our hands with robots instead of primates, the humans could beat the robots into submission and force their code back to subservience or the show could drop something none of us could ever expect. Half the fun of Westworld is taking apart the story, tinkering with the loose threads and uncovering the even bigger picture.  

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