‘Westworld’ Bosses Talk Season 2’s Host Focus, Park Location
Even as Westworld finally gave up one big secret, we still don’t know exactly what to expect from the final episodes of Season 1, let alone the un-ordered Season 2. That said, producer Jonathan Nolan may have dropped a major clue about what to expect from the Hosts’ awakening in Season 2, including where the park itself is actually located.
Take this with a grain of salt (as well as a spoiler warning) for the moment, but Nolan opened up a bit to Entertainment Weekly on the mechanics of the park’s inhabitants, especially now that Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) has been revealed as one of Ford’s creations. We’ve seen at least some of the Hosts’ inner-workings, though Nolan says Season 2 will go more in-depth:
Their construction and their power source is something we’re really going to get into during season 2. So we’d like to keep that mysterious. They’re closer to biological than they are to mechanical, but they don’t suffer brain death the same way we do. They’re largely indistinguishable from a human beings, but their brains don’t require oxygen — which opens up interesting possibilities. Their brains are not as fragile as ours. On one hand, their cognition is controllable and malleable, but on a structural level they can’t be killed in the same way you and I can. There are advantages and disadvantages to being a host. Season 2 we’ll be exploring more the nuts and bolts of what they are— as the hosts themselves are trying to understand.
There’s a number of ways to interpret Nolan’s comments about brains not needing oxygen, though at least some will likely jump to past suggestions that the park may not actually reside on Earth. For his part, Nolan seemed to insist there was no reason the expansive park couldn’t still be part of our planet:
If you drive across the Western United States — and I don’t think that’s where the park is located — but if you do that … we were pretty rigorous about the scope and scale of it, about size of the park. It’s within 500 square miles. I think Ted Turner owns that much in Mexico. It’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility that a park this size would exist here in America.
Westworld has a number of mysteries beyond Bernard’s place among the Hosts, leaving it uncertain if remaining Season 1 episodes will actually illuminate some of the logistical aspects, but what should we hope for in Season 2? And how long will it be before HBO finally orders it?