The creators and major cast of Westworld had the honor of the one of the most anticipated panels at Comic Con 2019. In the early afternoon Sunday co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy along with cast members Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth and new cast member Breaking Bad alum Aaron Paul. The panel’s moderator Amy Webb proceeded to ask a bunch of spoiler-filled question the show creators obviously would not be able to answer. “Is the man in black going to be back?” she asked. Nolan replied, “I’m not going to call Ed and tell him he’s not not on the show.” She added, “Is Logan going to be back?” Everyone looks around puzzled not sure what to say. The conversation shifted to playing the new, full trailer. Paul chimed in, “I think we should play it now and then talk about said trailer.” After some more crosstalk Newton finally chimed in sternly, “Just show them the fucking trailer.”
They then played the full trailer. It does not disappoint. While not centering on any one piece of dialog too long, it mostly shows small snippets of the futuristic world that Dolores and her as-yet undefined companion existing in the body of host Charlotte Hale. Voice overs indicate the stakes of their world, how if they’re discovered by the humans they will be hunted and killed. Shots show Dolores and the host spooning holding each other in a hotel bed. Wright’s character Bernard is heard speaking about needing to go back (somewhere undefined) to get someone strong enough to face Dolores. The footage then shifts to Thandie Newton’s character Maeve exiting a building into a World War II era filled with Nazi regalia. While dead at the end of season 2, apparently something is going to bring her character back to life. Aaron Paul’s new character is shown in several desperate situations, holding a woman under a bridge, almost being thrown from a skyscraper and generally looking concerned. A brief flash shows an even older looking William/The Man in Black. Luke Hemsworth’s character Tubbs is shown fighting an unknown assailant. All in all though the stage is being set for Dolores/Wyatt’s showdown to try to take over the known human world.
It was revealed during the panel that Aaron Paul’s character is named Caleb and is a construction worker. He said of his character, “Some people were born into privilege some peoplw were born into poverty. Caleb was born into a complicated thing. He’s learning how to roll with it.” Co-creator Nolan referred to this season as an extension of the notion of a Netflix algorithm trying to understand and decide for you what you like and want. “Imagine if that hand in the sky was your whole life,” he said.
His wife and co-creator Joy indicated that Anthony Hopkins’ character Ford was somewhat inspired by Prospero, but Nolan also added that one such inspiration was DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis. “There isn’t a lot of oversight. Elon Musk talks about the need for transparency. If we’re making a god everyone should have a voice,” he elaborated.
Newton when asked about her favorite parts of the show counts that are too many to list. There is one facet she does love in regards to the new season though. “She’s an extremely expensive piece of hardware,” she begins. “She’s a thing that’s treated as if she has no value yet she’s an extremely valuable piece of hardware. They never talk about their value. I’m loving that agency.” Similarly, Wood explains how the grey area that Dolores occupies is thought provoking for her. “The system being rigged. Are we in control of our destinies?” she muses. “Why is it okay to kill this person but not this other one?” She adds shortly later, “There’s so many grey areas and that’s why I love Dolores. I understand why she’s doing it.”
With the show currently in progress being shot, there was not a ton of specifics the cast could go into, but one thing is for certain: Westworld III will be one of the most exciting and riveting pieces of television right now when it finally arrives.