In Season 1 of HBO’s Westworld, audiences were introduced to guests of the high-class and high-priced title theme park, the advanced android hosts that populate it, and the duplicitous humans running the show from behind the scenes. It was a fascinating season of twists, turns, and social media-friendly mystery that engaged viewers in wild ways as they attempted to navigate the narrative. So it’s fitting that the showrunners’ season title–yeah, not just episodes have titles in this series–was “The Maze.” Now, the newly revealed overall title for Season 2 gives us our first clue to the new mystery that’s to come.
During EW’s chat with Westworld showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, of which the outlet will have more to come later, this tidbit about the title popped up. Like Season 1, it’s simple, meaning it’s perfectly vague for a teaser and sufficiently open to interpretation. That’s honestly what made Season 1 such an engaging watch, so we can expect more of the same in Season 2 when it arrives on HBO April 22nd.
Here’s what Nolan had to say about the Season 2 title, to Joy’s surprise:
“If the first season was a journey inward, this is a journey outward. This is a search for what is else is beyond the park, and what else is in the park. Are there more parks? How big is the park? What’s beyond the park? We think of our seasons as discrete components in the series, to the point where we’ve named our seasons. The first season was called ‘The Maze.’ The second season is called ‘The Door.’”
So far, this makes more sense than most of the series itself. Season 1 was all about the hosts discovering their own identities and finding their way to autonomy while certain guests like The Man in Black was trying to worm his way into the center of the same maze in order to unlock its secrets. Now that the characters will turn their attention outwards, Season 2 opens up a whole new world (or worlds) of possibility for guests, hosts, and executives alike. So whether “The Door” ends up being a literal entry/exit point or a metaphorical device, it’s a tasty enough mental morsel to get the Season 2 mystery machine started.
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- Jimmi Simpson on USA’s ‘Unsolved’, the Potential for Resolution, and ‘Westworld’ Season 2
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