The cast and crew of Westworld brought themselves back online Monday at the world premiere of the HBO drama’s second season, with the red carpet rolled out at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.
“We’re in a new loop,” series co-creator Jonathan Nolan told The Hollywood Reporter, standing alongside his co-creator and wife Lisa Joy, both of whom were minutes away from delivering a speech in front of an auditorium filled with hundreds of their contemporaries and loved ones. “This loop looks a bit like the last loop. It’s the same carpet … the same shade of red.”
The carpet was a soft red, a far cry from the blood-stained hues that coat season two of Westworld, launching April 22 on HBO. The premiere, titled “Journey Into Night,” marks the first new episode of the genre-bending hit since it went off the air in December 2016 — almost a year and a half since Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) launched a revolution against her human oppressors.
“You’re getting a much darker version of Dolores this year, that’s for sure,” Wood told THR about what’s next for her human-slaying host. “Now she’s well and familiar with all sides of herself: the Dolores that we love, the darker Wyatt version, and she’s also building herself anew as we watch her throughout the season. We’ll be seeing more and more of who she really is.”
Fans are understandably eager to know not only Dolores’ next move, but the greater narrative’s next steps. Many of the actors count themselves among the fans awaiting the show’s twists and turns, given how little the cast members know about the series as they’re shooting it.
“I feel like there are three phases for someone who takes part in the show,” said Ptolemy Slocum, who plays the selfish lab technician Sylvester. “You read it. Then you shoot it, and it’s a totally different story. Then you watch it, and it’s a totally different story. I’m about to embark on one of my favorite parts of being on the show: watching the show. It might sound like I’m bullshitting, but I’m not. It’s fascinating. So much changes.”
If this year’s Billboard Music Awards nominations are any indication, the show will surely be star-studded. Khalid and Bebe Rexha announced the names of the first round of nominees for the 2018 soirée on the Today show, Tuesday. Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift lead the pack with nominations in multiple categories including top female and male artist. Lamar and Sheeran lead with four nominations, each, thus far. Khalid — a nominee, himself, for top new artist — will also announce […]