Everything We Know About 'Westworld' Season 3
*This article contains spoilers for Westworld*
Sci-fi epic Westworld's third season is on its way and after an epic finale we cannot wait for round three of the mind-boggling show that received rave reviews.
But, what do we know about season three so far?
When is Westworld Season 3 coming?
We know that the show is set to return in 2020 and will be available on Sky Atlantic, as well as Now TV, but the exact date is yet to be confirmed. However, Digital Spy seems to think it'll be in the first half of the year. Fingers crossed!
How many episodes will there be in Westworld Season 3?
The Wrap confirmed that the new instalment will be shorter than the last two, with just eight episodes instead of ten, but it is unknown how long each will be. Will it make up for a shorter season with longer episodes perhaps?
What happened in Westworld Season 2?
The second season of the show, which aired back in 2018, was still set inside the Wild West themed amusement park where people pay to live out their wildest fantasies and we saw android host Dolores plough on with an uprising, before entering the 'Valley Beyond' with Bernard.
The pair ended up finding digital records of every human guest to have ever entered the park and the requests they have made over time.
We then saw Bernard opening 'the door' which allowed hosts to transfer their personalities into a virtual world which humans can't access, called 'the sublime,' of which many then passed into.
Adding further drama, we saw Lee Sizemore sacrifice himself to allow Maeve to reach the 'Valley Beyond' where Maeve then reunited with her daughter, but before they both got the chance to move into 'the sublime' she was shot dead by Delos security.
Dolores on the other hand didn't want to go to 'the sublime,' instead she was hoping to head into the outside world, but Bernard didn't want her to and ended up killing her and she's dead, for a while anyway.
But, Dolores' control unit was also installed inside Charlotte's host body so ended up coming back as herself there, managing in the process to stop the Strand and his men from taking the guests' memories and then killed Bernard disguised as Charlotte. Well he did kill her first after all.
She then managed to restore herself in an almost identical form and created an identical Bernard, but warned him to let her revolt in the outside world or they'll be sworn enemies.
Finally, just in case you missed it, post-credits, the show jumped way into the future where we see William in a Forge in disrepair and he appeared to be speaking to his dead daughter Emily who said she's there to test his fidelity. It's all very bizarre.
Essentially, don't try to watch season three without watching the first two, because it's so confusing you'll never catch up.
What will happen in season 3 of Westworld?
Looking at the trailer released back in July, we see the characters walking around a world that looks to be in a state of war.
And Dolores, speaking of the regular folk says: "We have to be smarter than them, or they'll find us and they will kill us."
And whilst we know the season is now set outside the theme parks, in the regular world, executive producer Jonathan Nolan said at the San Diego Comic Con that season three is "more about destiny".
Executive producer Lisa Joy added: "We've tried to constrain the aperture through which we view the world through the hosts.
"The nature of the reveals might change, but they're all kind of grounded in what would the hosts perceive... and what could they be misapprehending.
And later speaking to Digital Spy, Jonathan commented: "One of the things we're excited about in the third season is our world.
"We get a chance to see what that world looks like.
"The story to this point has taken place in this artificial reality and for the story to move forward, we now have this fun/terrifying challenge for the third season of filling out what the real world looks like, and what Dolores and the others will find out there."
But, if you were a big fan of the parks, they producers aren't done with them just yet, so don't panic.
Remember there are multiple parks we're yet to even catch a glimpse of, so we expect to take a look inside those at some point, although we're unsure when.
Which Westworld cast members are returning?
Plenty of cast members are returning for season three, including: Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores, Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe, Thandie Newton as Maeve, Tessa Thompson as Charlotte, Ed Harris as William, Katia Herbers as Emily, Rodrigo Santoro as Hector and Luke Hemsworth as Ashley.
Of course some of the hosts died in season two, but given that hosts can be brought back, we may well see the return of some characters thought to be dead.
However, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys was not willing to reveal details, telling TheWrap: "If you didn't see them in the trailer, I'm not gonna respond."
Who is joining the cast of Westworld?
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), Lena Waithe, Scott Mescudi and Marshawn Lynch will join the cast for the next instalment of the show.
All we need now is a confirmed launch date and we'll of course update you once we get it.
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