Evan Rachel Wood
Actress Evan Rachel Wood arrives at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 8, 2017. Reuters/Mike Blake

“Westworld” season 2 is still more than a year away, but theories on the plot for the second instalment are starting to surface. Lead actress Evan Rachel Wood has something to say about season two, and it is about her character.

Wood plays the role of Dolores Abernathy in the HBO robopocalypse series. Dolores is a host created and programmed by Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins). In season 1, she discovers that her life is an elaborate and well-planned lie.

Wood teased that her sweet Wild West character will be a lot different and probably dangerous in the upcoming season. “I’m really curious to see the unleashed version of her that we caught a glimpse of at the very end of the finale. Those final seconds, I think we were seeing a completely different side to her, completely different programming and completely off of her leash, so I don’t think she will be the same person; she’ll be an evolved version,” Wood told Entertainment Weekly.

It can be recalled that towards the end of the season, Dolores shoots Ford in the head. It looks like she has gained a self-awareness, like what happened to Maeve (Thandie Newton), a host and madame in season 1.

Series co-creator Jonathan Nolan previously admitted during the PaleyFest last month that the fans’ theory on Maeve’s free will is accurate. In the season 1 finale, Maeve is supposed to leave Westworld. However, she changes her mind after realizing that she is actually programmed to escape the park so she can head to the real world. Maeve then exits the train to search for her daughter in the park.

Nolan has confirmed that Maeve was the first among the hosts to have free will. He, however, remained mum as to whether Dolores had also achieved the same self-awareness as Maeve.

Meanwhile, as for theories of the Samurai World and other theme parks in season 2, Nolan avoided confirming plenty of speculations. All he can assure at this point is that season 2 will be as exciting as the previous instalment.

The highly-acclaimed series will begin filming later this year, but Nolan has revealed earlier that the show could face another delay in production if the writers’ strike is not prevented. Fans are already disappointed at the long wait, but as HBO had explained, they need more time as the production of the sci-fi series is a huge project.

"Westworld" season 2 returns in 2018. Season 1 aired in Foxtel in Australia. HBO has yet to announce if Australia will also have the same season 2 premiere date as the US.


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