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    Westworld Season 2: Dr. Ford’s Fate Revealed, ‘Ambitious’ Second Season & More

    Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, Evan Rachel Wood

    Westworld co-creators and executive producers Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy and cast member Evan Rachel Wood appeared in Variety’s television podcast “Remote Controlled”. The two things that we learned from the interview is that Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) is really dead and that Westworld Season 2 is much more ‘ambitious’ than the last season.

    [The post contains spoiler from season one]

    Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, Evan Rachel Wood
    Westworld’s Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, Evan Rachel Wood

    When developing Westworld with its fair share of intrigues, Jonathan Nolan said they had wanted fans to engage but never expected the level of “fan engagement and dialogue” that occurred during Westworld season 1. With a laugh, the showrunner pointed out “that moment when they figured out the plot twist for Episode 10, 42 minutes into episode two.”

    Lisa Joy talking to Variety said that they weren’t necessarily trying to surprise people, it was just part of the narrative, unfolding of the story. “We anticipated that a small group of the audience might discover it, that that will be part of the game that we were playing with these die-hard fans,” Joy says. “What we didn’t anticipate was that they would go to social media and talk about it and they would get circulated so that it hit a wider base of people who have an online presence and pick that up. There were also people who were still in for the surprise of my parents — I managed to surprise them.”

    As for what’s in store for Westworld season 2, Lisa Joy said, “we feel like we owe it to the fans to be bold and also to play this game with them where we’re like, ‘Do you want to figure it out? Do you want to play with us here?’”

    She thinks that people who had earlier hated having figured out some of the twists and turns of the season beforehand, because of online discussions (on Reddit, Facebook, etc) would avoid being part of such discussion when the second season airs.

    “Hopefully now,” she says, “because of the first season, the people who want to have this purist interpretation of the series, they’ll just develop their own theories in a vacuum — and maybe don’t log on to Reddit.”

    Without giving too much away, Jonathan Nolan says they want “the stakes and the scope [of Season 2] to increase dramatically” which is why “the scale of production will increase was well.”

    “We have an amazingly talented group of writers, directors, and crew coming back and gearing up for what I think and what I hope will prove to be a season twice as ambitious as the first one,” the executive producer of the show said.

    Robert Ford’s Death:

    The showrunners confirmed that Ford (Anthony Hopkins) is dead. Here what Nolan said:

    “I think the sacrifice he makes at the end of the first season is very real,” and added, “I think there will be an opportunity to explore a little bit more of the backstory of how this park came to be, a little more of that story. We’ll see the character’s presence will be felt in that sense in terms of filling in a few more of the gaps about the early history of this place.”

    Evan Rachel Wood on Killing Ford:

    Evan Rachel Wood (plays Dolores Abernathy) appears in the second half of the podcast in which she is blown away by the fact that she was the one who pulled the trigger on Ford.

    “Killing Ford, I did not see coming, not in the way that they did it. I didn’t know it was going to be me, I didn’t know that’s how this show was going to end, I was just in absolute shock and I couldn’t believe that it was me. I couldn’t believe that I had to actually hold a real gun to Anthony Hopkins’ head and pull the trigger. That was one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of my life.”

    Speaking of Westworld‘s major shockers, the actors and fans were on the same boat, theorizing and trying to solve the mysteries of the show, informs Wood. “We were kind of the pioneers in the theories on the set,” Evan says, “It was thrilling to know that it was resonating with people in the same way.” She had even figured out Man in Black’s true identity while shooting the first season.

    Earlier we reported that shooting for season 2 is beginning from 22 June after one fan revealed Westworld is possibly being shot at Melody Ranch. Variety, however, reports filming for the season will begin from July.

    Here’s a link to the entire Variety podcast, it’s worth checking out.

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    Westworld Season 2: Shooting Starts Tomorrow

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    Ever since Westworld was renewed for season 2, there was one nagging question ringing across every Westworld fan’s mind – when does the shooting begin? Only a handful things have been announced regarding the next season but amidst this constant silence, people have started to talk. One Westworld fan Jeanne writes, “filming is scheduled for June 22 on the western set in Santa Clarita.” And so we have a filming date for Westworld season 2.

    Jeanne posted a comment on the Westworld Watchers site in which she mentions that she lives near Melody Ranch (a movie ranch/studio named after a 1940 film). Since the studio is surrounded by residential areas, production companies set up notifications for people to avoid doing activities that may affect the shooting. Jeanne mentions that as a direct result, the area surrounding the Ranch experiences “increased traffic, the sound of gunfire, lights at night, etc.”

    Anyway, Jeanne has seen a notice signed “devos, inc” that mentions the date 22 June prompting speculations that shooting for Westworld season 2 begins from June 22, i.e. tomorrow. The information tallies with the fact that parts of Westworld season 1 were shot in Melody Ranch. She also mentions that the “Melody Ranch has two large sound stages and they’re using at least one of them.”

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    Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio (picture source)

    Besides this, we have a couple of information surrounding season 2’s shooting location. On July 10, Westworld will be filmed in Moab, Utah. Another source however suggests, they’ll  begin filming in Utah from October and that the show has received a financial incentive from the state. After having an approval of  “$780,000 in post-performance tax credits” from the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the show is set to spend $3.1 million while filming in Utah.

    Two weeks ago Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy) teased about ‘corset training’ and the beginning of the shoot for the second season!

    We’ll be putting up a massive Westworld season 2 post in a few days covering every leak, rumors, speculations, theories about the upcoming season. So if you happen to live around where Westworld is being filmed or you come across something that excites you, drop a message here or on our Facebook page.

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    Westworld 2017 Emmy Submissions Announced: Complete List

    Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan

    Emmy nomination ballots are out and now we have an idea of the possible Emmy Awards nominations for this year. We are excited to tell you that Westworld has a total 22 submissions. The Emmy Awards Nominating Ballots went live on June 21 and is up for voting by the 21,000 voting members of the TV academy until June 26.

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    Westworld co-creators Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan

    Here’s where Westworld stands in the Emmy Submissions 2017:

    Outstanding Drama Series

    Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

    • Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Ford

    Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

    • Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores

    Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

    • Thandie Newton as Maeve

    Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

    • Ed Harris as Man in Black
    • Louis Her t hum as Peter Abernathy
    • James Marsden as Teddy
    • Leonardo Nam as Felix Lutz
    • Jimmi Simpson as William
    • Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe

    Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series

    Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

    • Westworld, Trompe L’Oeil, Directed by Frederick E.O. Toye
    • Westworld, The Bicameral Mind, Directed by Jonathan Nolan
    • Westworld, Chestnut, Directed by Richard J. Lewis

    DON’T MISS: Westworld Season 2 Premiere Title Revealed

    Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Or Fantasy Program (One Hour Or More)

    (Westworld, The Bicameral Mind)

    Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (One Hour)

    • Jeffrey Jur, ASC, Director of Photography (Westworld, The Well-Tempered Clavier)
    • Robert McLachlan, ASC, CSC, Director of Photography (Westworld, Contrapasso)

    Outstanding Period/Fantasy Costumes For A Series, Limited Series Or Movie

    • Westworld, The Original

    Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series

    • Joy Zapata, Department Head Hairstylist (Westworld, Contrapasso)
    • Pavy Olivarez, Key Hairstylist (Westworld, Contrapasso)
    • Bruce Samia, Additional Hairstylist (Westworld, Contrapasso)
    • Donna Anderson, Additional Hairstylist (Westworld, Contrapasso)

    Outstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)

    • Christien Tinsley, Department Head Makeup Artist (Westworld, The Original)
    • Myriam Arougheti, Key Makeup Artist (Westworld, The Original)
    • Gerald Quist, Makeup Artist (Westworld, The Original)
    • Lydia Milars, Makeup Artist (Westworld, The Original)
    • Ed French, Makeup Artist (Westworld, The Original)

    Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Limited Series, Movie Or Special

    • Christien Tinsley, Department Head Makeup Artist (Westworld, The Original)
    • Hiroshi Yada, Key Prosthetic Makeup Artist (Westworld, The Original)
    • Georgia Allen, Makeup Artist (Westworld, The Original)
    • Gerald Quist, Special Makeup Effects Artist (Westworld, The Original)
    • Myriam Arougheti, Special Makeup Effects Artist (Westworld, The Original)

    Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within A Scripted

    Outstanding Main Title Westworld

    Outstanding Music Supervision

    • Evyen J Klean, Music Supervisor (Westworld, The Original)
    • Jennifer Reeve, Music Supervisor (Westworld, The Original)

    DON’T MISS: Westworld Season 2 Starts Filming in Utah From October 2017

    Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series

    • Mark Yoshikawa, ACE, Editor (Westworld, The Well-Tempered Clavier)
    • Andrew Seklir, ACE, Editor (Westworld, The Bicameral Mind)
    • Tanya Swerling, Editor (Westworld, Dissonance Theory)
    • Stephen Semel, ACE, Editor (Westworld, The Original)
    • Marc Jozefowicz, Editor (Westworld, The Original)

    Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series

    (Westworld, The Bicameral Mind)

    Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour)

    (Westworld, The Bicameral Mind)

    Outstanding Special Visual Effects

    (Westworld, The Bicameral Mind)

    Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Limited Series Or Movie

    Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

    (Westworld, The Bicameral Mind)

    Once the voting process ends, the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be officially announced on July 13. The final ceremony is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. Hosted by Stephen Colbert, the 2017 Emmys will be broadcasted live by CBS.

    Tell us what do you think about HBO’s Westworld submission.

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    Jonathan Nolan Hints ‘Westworld Season 2 Episode 1’ Title on Reddit

    Jonathan Nolan Westworld

    We aren’t the only one scouring Westworld’s subreddit for news, theories and leaked information. Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan lurks around reading what fans post and sometimes drops an exclusive piece of intel on Reddit. He has done it again.

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    Westworld showrunner Jonathan Nolan

    If you are a regular r/Westworld visitor, you’d know the power the subreddit holds. Jonathan Nolan is a regular in there; he has a verified account and has been interacting with fans for the past four years (before Westworld, he created Person of Interest). One Reddit user, Brew_Swillis posted a thread saying – Can we end the endless maze image posts? – that drew over a hundred comments. One of the commenters was Jonathan Nolan. He wrote “nope” and posted the following picture. (You can see the comment here)

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    Westworld Season 2 Episode 1 title

    So “Episode 201” really means ‘Westworld season 2 episode 1’. It’s a title and it goes like – “Journey into N_______”. As you can see, the rest is covered by a smiley face maze.

    My best possible (and most obvious) guess is, it says “Journey into Night”. It’s the title of Ford’s narrative that he unveiled in the last episode of season 1. To recall, in the post-episode interview, Nolan had said:

    “If the first season was defined by control, the second season is defined by chaos. I think that’s part of what we come to understand Ford has been planning all along […] Ford has set in motion what he thinks is a plan — the nature of that plan is something we explore in the second season. What his intentions are, are they to let Dolores and the other hosts escape? Are they simply to teach the human guests a lesson?”

    We know there’ll be a time jump in the beginning of Westworld season 2 so “Journey into Night” episode will see the unraveling of the aftermath of Ford’s narrative (like many of my fellow watchers, I believe the robot revolt was orchestrated by Ford).

    What are your Westworld season 2 theories? What do you think will happen in “Journey into Night”? Talk to us using the comment section below.

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    Costume designer Ane Crabtree talks working in Westworld

    Ane Crabtree Westworld

    Ane Crabtree is the costume designer behind two of the most successful and popular TV shows – Westworld (HBO) and The Handmaiden’s Tale (Hulu). In a recent interview, Crabtree recalls what it was like designing the dresses of both the shows and how important it was that the costumes spoke of power, oppression, and individuals.

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    Westworld Costume Designer Ane Crabtree (Image Source)

    On working in Westworld, Crabtree says it’s “nothing like I’ve experienced before.” She had a “Zen-like” approach to designing the costumes for the show. But because of the secrecy surrounding the show, Crabtree felt she was “jump[ing] off a cliff without a safety net, and trust that having no control would take you to a place of absolute beauty, design-wise,” reports Deadline.

    Crabtree was excited about the transition of the women of Westworld so when “some feminists were saying, “Oh, God. This is so backward.” I was like, “Ah, just wait!”” She further adds:

    “It was an amazing end result and having the costumes exemplify that was pure joy, as a woman. I love the whole idea of the purist Western, and if you combine that with a dystopian future, it’s really incredible, because it’s quite masculine, and it’s beautifully masculine. To have Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood gain this kind of power, it was really palpable when they stepped out in their costumes, for men and women.”

    READ: Westworld Season 2 Starts Filming in Utah From October 2017

    Crabtree recalls the time when she had watched the Westworld film over 20 times as a kid. She thought it was a TV show and of course had no idea she’d be working on the show on such a scale, years later.

    As for The Handmaiden’s Tale, the 53-years-old costume designer recalls the time she had read the book when it was first published in the 80s. And then when the film adaptation came out, she “was completely floored; sat in the cinema for at least half an hour as the credits rolled.”

    “It’s just very rare that you get the opportunity to relive a seminal moment in your career that inspired you, for what you do for a living,” Ane Crabtree says.

    Both Westworld and The Handmaiden’s Tale has been revived for a second season, so I guess, we’ll be seeing more of the brilliant Ane Crabtree’s handy work.

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    Westworld Season 2 Starts Filming in Utah From October 2017

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    In one of the first solid news about Westworld season 2, documents from Governor Gary Herbert’s office reveals that the upcoming season of the show will begin filming in Utah from October and will wrap up in November this year. First reported by FOX 13, Utah is giving financial incentive to the popular HBO series but only if they meet certain criteria. Although this is good news, the report also suggests that the premiere date could be pushed from (rumored) early 2018 to mid of 2018.

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    Westworld behind-the-scene from season 1

    FOX 13 reports that “the GOED board has approved as much as $780,000 in post-performance tax credits” (conditions applied). They didn’t mention what the conditions are, but as far as the production cost of Westworld is concerned, the show is set to spend $3.1 million while in Utah.

    FIND OUT: Where was Westworld season 1 filmed?

    According to the document by the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Westworld’s post-production is scheduled to end in April 2018, which means that season 2 could very well premiere in mid-2018.

    We had predicted a late premiere back when we reported that shooting for Westworld season 2 is going to begin from July 2017. In the same vein, in a recent interview, Evan Rachel Wood said that filming for the next season begins in a couple of weeks. And on Wednesday, the actress posted an image on Instagram teasing about her “corset training.”

    For a show like Westworld, it’s obvious and acceptable that it’s are taking a huge amount of time to be made. Season one took forever to come together. But having to wait for so long, what repercussions do you think Westworld season 2 could suffer from the hands of its most loyal fans?

    Do you think there is a good chance for the show to lose a chunk of its fan base? Are you losing interest in the show?

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    Westworld co-creators Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy talk A.I. and whether “Hosts” can be a reality soon

    Westworld's Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy

    Yesterday, co-creators of HBO’s sci-fi western thriller Westworld, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy appeared in WIRED’s 2017 Business Conference in New York to talk about the show. The duo joined WIRED senior editor Peter Rubin in a session called “How Storytelling Creates the Future”. And as it always happens they ended up weighing the possibility of artificial intelligence becoming like that of the Westworld hosts in the foreseeable future.

    Westworld's Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy
    Westworld Co-Creators and Executive Producers Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan attend WIRED Business Conference at Spring Studios on June 7, 2017, in New York City.

    The afternoon panel that was aired live on the Wired Facebook page, focused on artificial intelligence in the Old West. Since most of the first season of Westworld showed humans in the most outrageously terrible light, Rubin began the panel with the question: “What the hell is wrong with us?”

    “Everything is wrong with us,” Nolan answered. “We’re playing with questions about why humans understand the world, why our minds work the way they work and why we have these recurring bugs.”

    Similarly, Joy sees the science fiction genre (in general) as an opportunity to tell stories about humanity, especially in a time when advancement in technologies has made AI more plausible than ever. “We’re leaping into the age of the unfathomable, the time when machines [can do things we can’t],” Joy said.

    READ: Working in Westworld Was “Activism And Acting Combined,” Says Thandie Newton

    Speaking on whether there is a chance for artificial intelligence to pass off as humans like the Westworld hosts have, Joy said: “We anthropomorphized what the AI will look like. That’s not going to happen. It’s not going to be a beautiful lady or a beautiful man who is going to come and be your overlord.”

    Joy who is currently writing the new film version of Battlestar Galactica also touched on the prominent women hosts of Westworld. “These are robot women in the Old West,” she said. “When you’re an outsider like that you see more of the darkness. You’re not sitting at the top of the hegemony thinking ‘Everything is peachy here.'”

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    Working in Westworld Was “Activism And Acting Combined,” Says Thandie Newton

    Thandie Newton Westworld

    English actress Thandie Newton who plays Madame Maeve Millay in HBO’s Westworld sat down with Oprah Winfrey in Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series. Newton and Oprah interviewed each other about their respective work and rekindled a heart-warming kinship. In some of the most interesting bits of the 40-minutes interview, Newton, who has recently been signed on in a standalone Han Solo film, talked extensively about her experience of working in Westworld.

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    Thandie Newton talks Westworld

    Westworld actress Thandie Newton recalls the time when she was offered the role. She only knew that it was the part of a “madame of a saloon” and that there were “a lot of nudity” involved. Being very aware of the way the entertainment industry often portrays female characters, Newton had a mind of turning down the offer. She recalls meeting Westworld co-showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy who were “more nervous about talking to me [Newton] than I was about talking to them.”

    Here’s what happened next:

    “But they made me see, and I think anyone who’s seen the show, you realize, is that in order to truly understand the subjugation, the oppression, the dehumanization of these robots – they had to be naked.”

    Newton also mentions that Jonathan Nolan is a “super-geek when it comes to anything futuristic,” and also that he is the most evolved feminist” she has known.

    This really makes me wonder what prompted the Nolans to cast actors like Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood and whether the fact they are so vocal about the feminism-related issues (Westworld cast went to the Women’s March 2017) had any role in choosing them to play Maeve and Dolores.

    The Westworld actress Thandie Newton had mentioned it earlier how she felt like an “activist every single day” on set playing the role of the fearless madam Maeve Millay. Touching on the topic, Newton said:

    “It was activism and acting combined. And I did feel like that about Westworld. I felt that the setup, the premise, that these robots are a metaphor for the oppressed of mankind. And I just felt that it was so well choreographed, the storylines were so well drawn, that you’re taken in, you love these characters and you want to fight for them. And you become invested.”

    Newton went on to deliberate on feelings she had had while playing Maeve and compared the liberation to that of having a “fourth child.”

    “It felt like having that fourth baby. Because it was a moment of such intense self-affirmation, not for me Thandie, but for female power,” the actress said. “I haven’t felt like that before. And it’s ironic that I was standing there stark naked for a lot of it because I felt more in control than I’ve ever done because I said yes to this.”

    Newton, like Evan Rachel Wood, praised the professionalism of the showrunners and the crew who were so respectful and compassionate that, “I’m surprised they all didn’t get butt-naked themselves just to make me feel better.”

    It’s worth watching the entire interview with Thandie Newton and Oprah Winfrey.

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    Ed Harris Wants The Entire ‘Westworld’ Cast, Especially Louis Herthum To Win An Emmy

    Ed Harris who plays the Man in Black in HBO’s Westworld was one of the most mysterious characters and one of the show’s biggest surprises. The actor sat down for an interview and talked about the final twist, which actor on the show deserves an Emmy and given a chance which other characters he’d like to play. [The post is full of spoilers from Westworld season 1]

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    Ed Harris played Man in Black in Westworld season 1

    The Wrap asked Ed Harris about who, he thinks, deserves the Emmy this year from Westworld. The actor was full of praises for the whole cast but mentioned Louis Herthum who plays Peter Abernathy in the show, in particular.

    “I think the whole cast everybody’s great. Pick a character,” the 66-years-old actor said. “I don’t know if you remember this scene where Evan’s original father is being talked to, he’s sitting here naked and they are grilling him, and he starts loosing it, I mean just that itself brilliant.”

    The scene he mentions is from the pilot where Peter Abernathy is being questioned by Dr. Ford played by Sir Anthony Hopkins. Herthum recently talked about the shooting of the scene.

    Ed Harris was also asked about the most challenging moment of shooting for Westworld season 1. He said he had a hard time scheduling after filming for the season had to be shut down for a few months. “In terms of the continuity and focus, we were kind of split up. And we shot the pilot two years by the time we finished the first season,” the actor said.

    As to the final twist on the show where Man in Black’s true identity was revealed, Harris had seen it coming.

    “One of the big surprises was, I saw Jimmi [Simpson] walking by one day — somebody said, ‘That’s you, [but] younger,'” Harris says. “And I went, ‘Oh!’ That was news to me. That was a big one! Then I found out some things about my past that were interesting — and I found out later on that [my company] literally owned this place. I was like, ‘Oh, OK, thanks — thanks for telling me.'”

    Speaking of which character Harris would like to play other than the Man in Black, the actor says he’s “very happy playing Man in Black. I can’t even in my imagination think about another character I’ll be interested in playing in the show.”

    Back at the PaleyFest 2017, Ed Harris was clearly repulsive of the idea of the Man in Black donning a Samurai costume. Whether we get a Samurai World next season remains to be seen. But the shooting for Westworld season 2 begins in July.

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    Steven Ogg Hopes To Return For Westworld Season 2

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    The last we saw of Rebus (Steven Ogg), he had a villainous smirk on his face, watching Dolores wrecking havoc with bullets. Reports tell us, Ogg has been impressive this season in The Walking Dead. Now since has been promoted as TWD season regular, how exactly is he planning to make rooms for Westworld season 2.

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    Steven Ogg as Rebus in Westworld season 1

    Steven Ogg recent sat down for an interview and said he’s arranged his dates in a way so that he can work in both The Walking Dead and Westworld season 2 (yet to be confirmed).

    “Yes, we made sure that was a possibility,” the actor said. “I mean, I don’t know at this point with Westworld how much there’s going to be, but I believe, there’s a lot of talk about a lot of things happening, so we have to just wait and see, but Rebus is not dead in Westworld though.”

    Evan Rachel Wood who earlier talked about going to shoot Westworld season 2 in a couple of weeks, was one of the few characters who had encountered Rebus back in Westworld season 1. So far HBO has only confirmed Louis Herthum (Peter Abernathy) and Talulah Riley (Angela) for season 2. The network has been historically very quite about the making of Westworld, it really makes us wonder if HBO will announce confirmation of other actors or they’ll go straight ahead with the shooting.

    Apart from these, Ben Barnes recently dished out about Logan saying:

    “This is the problem about working for HBO and Marvel: you talk about it on pain of death,” the actor said. “As far as I know, I’m finished with Westworld, and as far as I know, we’ve wrapped on season one, and I don’t know what’s happening after that. And that’s all I’m allowed to say.”

    Do you think Steven Ogg will reprise his role of Rebus in Westworld season 2? What do you want him to do in the upcoming season? Tell us in the comment section.

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    Jeffrey Wright Found Out About Bernard’s Major Twist The Morning Of The Shoot

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    Six stars from the entertainment industry clustered at THR’s Drama Actor Roundtable. Jeffrey Wright (Bernard Lowe) was one of them and he revealed that precise moment when he learned of his character’s major twist. [contains spoilers, proceed with caution]

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    Jeffrey Wright (Image source: THR)

    The revelatory episode 9 of Westworld, titled The Well-Tempered Clavier, is famous for the Bernard twist that comes around the end of the episode. In the interview, Wright was asked about when he found out that Bernard is a host. To this Wright said:

    “I found out that morning. I showed up to shoot and …”

    The interviewer suggested that some actors may prefer knowing the big surprises for their characters no sooner than the shooting for the scene begins. But Wright says, that would’ve been impossible because:

    “if you look back at the previous episodes, you’ll see these bread crumbs. I didn’t know when we shot the pilot. But when we came back, [showrunner] Lisa Joy pulled me aside and said, “Bernard’s uh …” You know, an incredibly articulate woman who stumbled around for 20, 30 seconds. “Um, um, he’s very complicated. How do I say this? How do I …?” And then she dropped it on me. And yeah, it was necessary because there are little flashes of forecasting that I would throw in.”

    READ: Time Jump in Westworld Season 2 Confirmed

    Wright isn’t the only one who had figured Westworld’s major reveals before they were officially unveiled. In an earlier interview, Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy) said she figured out about the real identity of the Man in Black way before the final episode and so did Jimmi Simpson (William).

    Evan also said that the cast of Westworld has a group chat and Wright just confirmed it. “On Westworld, we all had our own secrets and there’d be a flurry of texts among the cast when individual secrets were revealed. We’d go, “What?!” I knew more than most because there were multiple layers to this thing,” Wright said.

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    Playing Peter Abernathy Is A Dream Job Come True, Says Louis Herthum

    Peter Abernathy

    Louis Herthum (Peter Abernathy) had never “wanted to be ‘famous’,” but has “always wished to be recognized for my work.” The actor has been in the limelight even since he appeared in the show-stealing scene in Westworld’s pilot episode. In his most recent interview, Herthum talks about that particular scene with Anthony Hopkins and his new found fame.

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    Louis Herthum as Peter Abernathy in Westworld

    Westworld Watchers did an interview with Herthum and asked him whether he was nervous about shooting the scene with Sir Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Ford) and Jeffrey Wright (Bernard Lowe). The actor replied: “The scene wasn’t as difficult as it may have seemed, but for one reason only – I had a good deal of time to prepare it.”

    During the rehearsal co-creator, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy had liked his work. “That takes a heck of a lot of the burden away as well,” Herthum adds. The nudity wasn’t as much of a problem as one might think. The Westworld star said everything was handled very “professionally” and with “dignity.” “After 5 minutes, it was as if I was fully clothed.”

    As to that one scene that blew people’s mind away, Louis Herthum said that while preparing for it, he had to figure out a balance between depicting a human and a host.

    “I was given a great note by Deanna Brigidi, the casting associate on the pilot, at the initial audition. When talking about what my host was experiencing between characters, she was explaining that this is the only place we see that the hosts are hosts, and not human. She then said, ‘You know when you get that spinning ball on your computer? That is what’s happening to you.’ And from that, I came up with what you see.”

    READ: Ben Barnes Says He’s “Finished With Westworld”

    Some of the other interesting things that the actor revealed are as follow. Among his Westworld co-stars, Herthum is closest to Steven Ogg (Rebus). He was pleased to have been named TV Line’s Performer of the Week and would want to play Man in Black or Teddy, given a chance. He would also visit a park like Westworld if it existed. As for upcoming projects, Louis Herthum is looking forward to working in Chicago Med.

    Herthum had been upped to series regular for Westworld season 2 but says that he has no idea as to what is going to happen to Papa Abernathy in the second season. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.