Ben Barnes Confirms Return & Season 2 Production Suspended After “Medical Emergency”

This week, there is a good news and a bad news. Not long ago, we learned that Jimmi Simpson (William) is shooting for Westworld season 2. Naturally, it prompted us to speculated that Ben Barnes (Logan) too will return in the upcoming season. We weren’t too wrong. Barnes has confirmed the news of his return. That’s the good news. Now the bad news is that on one of the two filming units for season 2 had to be stopped after an off-set injury of a recurring actor. We don’t know who the actor is but the work of other unit is running smoothly. No reason to panic, I guess.

Update (4/11/17): Zahn McClarnon, whose presence in Westworld season 2 was confirmed by veteran actor Louis Herthum (Peter Abernathy) back in July 2017 has been identified as the injured actor. As per TMZ, the incident occurred at his home, where Zahn fell and hit his head. He suffered trauma and had to be rushed to the ICU. Presently, McClarnon is recovering in hospital.

Zahn McClarnon in Westworld Season 2

Zahn McClarnon has recurring appearances in Westworld Season 2

Moving on, Ben Barnes hasn’t been very forthcoming about his possible return. In a previous interview, Barnes said that as he far as he knew, he was pretty much “finished with Westworld.” He also did mention that under HBO’s watchful eyes, it was hard to talk about a characters’ possible return.

On October 26th, however, Ben posted this picture (see below) on Instagram with dark trouser and dusty boots, with the emoji of a “cowboy.” If that isn’t a hint of his presence in Westworld season 2, I don’t know what is.


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Of recent, in an interview with Screen Rant about Barnes’ new series The Punisher, he was asked about Westworld. To this the actor said:

“I definitely have heard because I can tell you that I have been on set at least once already.”

So, I’m assuming the picture of his black trousers and boots were from the sets of season 2.

Now coming back to the medical emergency of Zahn McClarnon, a recurring Westworld actor, we can’t help but wonder if this will cause a delay like the one that plagued the filming of season 1 (although for a different reason). The statement that HBO made to Deadline, did not touch on the matter.

“The cast member was not on set when this occurred, and out of respect for the performer’s privacy, we have no additional details to share, other than that everyone at Westworld sincerely hopes for a quick recovery.”

Hopefully, as planned Westworld season 2 will return in spring 2018.

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