The showrunners for Westworld reveal that season 2 of the series is known as ‘The Door’. Much of the first season of HBO’s Westworld built up the central plot and laid out the various characters in order to end with a literal bang. In many ways, the entire run of episodes almost served as table-setting for the future of the series, where the hosts have risen above their programing and rebelled.
But crucial to the ongoing story was also the idea of ‘The Maze’, which meant different things to different people.
Though the Man in Black’s idea of ‘The Maze’ wasn’t what Ford had in mind, that doesn’t mean the villain’s quest is over. Westworld season 2 will address the Man in Black and his many mysteries, partly by exploring more of his past. We’ll also see him finally get his wish of facing hosts who fight back, though it doesn’t as though he likes what he gets. Meanwhile, with the hosts having traversed their own version of ‘The Maze’, a new path lays before them and the series as a whole. And for season 2, it will be all about what lies beyond.
EW has an interesting piece of information about season 2 of Westworld, revealing that showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy refer to the collective episodes as ‘The Door’. Season 1, meanwhile, was dubbed ‘The Maze’ for obvious reasons. And while we’ll have to wait for the premiere next month to know exactly what the new title means, there are already some hints.
We know Westworld season 2 will go beyond the park, which seems the most obvious idea ‘The Door’ could be referencing. Naturally, a Western-themed fantasy experience wasn’t the only one crafted by Delos, and we’ve already seen hints of another park. ShogunWorld is sure to be explored this season, and it’s unlikely to be alone.
The Westworld season 2 viral website teased that Delos has six parks total, meaning there are still four we don’t know about. Chances are, Medieval and Roman Worlds are two of them, as those are featured in the original Westworld movie. By exploring other parks, we may see hosts who haven’t yet rebelled and some sort of equilibrium still maintained. Then again, they could just be more fodder for what’s looking to be a massive uprising.
‘The Door’ likely nods to some personal journeys as well, with the hosts moving to a new stage of consciousness and thus their lives. We will also see the world beyond the parks, so expect the end of ‘The Maze’ to lead to plenty of other perplexing scenarios – as there’s likely more than one door for the characters and audience to go through.
Westworld season 2 premieres Sunday, April 22 on HBO.