Westworld’s second season gets its first trailer

HBO’s Westworld wrapped up its first season with plenty of twists, surprises, and unanswered questions, and now the show’s upcoming second season has just received its first formal trailer. The spot, which aired during the Super Bowl LII broadcast, features Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard Lowe, Thandie Newton’s Maeve Millay, and Evan Rachel Wood’s Dolores Abernathy — along with a peek at a frightening new host.

The spot begins almost like a commercial with the Westworld resort itself, with Dolores commenting in voice-over that “We built this world together... this world where dreams come true.” But things soon turn dark as the spot looks inside the inner workings of the Delos offices, as men with guns take out a herd of synthetic creatures before being trampled themselves. It soon becomes that the hosts are not happy with the things they discovered in the first season of the show. “We can burn it to the ground,” Dolores continues. “From the ashes, build a new world. Our world.”

The first season of Westworld played out like a complex, ever-evolving puzzle, using multiple timelines and narrative misdirection to evoke the same kind of is-this-real-or-is-this-a-dream experience that Westworld’s hosts themselves dealt with. It’s not clear whether the new season will adopt that same non-linear storytelling approach, but given the way the first season wrapped up, series creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy will have plenty of new areas to explore, regardless.

However, not all of the footage in today’s spot may end up in the series itself. According to Entertainment Weekly, the trailer — HBO’s first Super Bowl commercial in 20 years — was directed by Jonathan Nolan, with some of the footage shot exclusively for the spot. Audiences will be able to find out just how much when the new season of Westworld premieres on HBO on April 22nd.

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Right on time where Game of Thrones would have been

It’s unfortunate that HBO just now discovered a second mass appeal hit after Game of Thrones started winding down. Their subscriber churn rate has to be atrocious especially as more people move away from traditional satellite and cable.

That’s why you have HBO GO! No need for a cable subscription.
Hopefully the second season will live up to the hype

Oh, I know that. My point was I wonder what kind of number that is doing on HBO’s finances when people only have reason to subscribe for three months of the year.

They don’t strike me as struggling financially

They have a pretty good consistent rotation of shows: GoT, Westworld, Veep, Silicon Valley, and then they seem to do yearly mini series: True Detective, The Night Of, and Sharp Objects this year. I feel like most people who pay for HBO are usually watching something they offer. Unlike Netflix, they have a good movie selection.

Westworld has been my favourite show in years. I just somehow can’t seen the second series being as good as the first… but hopefully we’ll still be in for a treat

I think you mean HBO Now, which is untethered from able and is $15 per month. HBO Go is still tied to having traditional cable sub.

Love the serie. But your trailers are kinda of boring.

I have to disagree with this statement, both in content and in grammar.

You know that Westworld is THIS world and we are the robots. Right? You know the "Architect" of Westworld/Earth is Lucifer. Right? You know Westworld is deeply occult, and is telling you a truth you don’t even know to ask about. Right?

Yes, Lux. Everybody knows that.

Doesn’t look like anything to me.

Surprised that The Verge didn’t call out the Kanye Cover…

It was beautiful

Couldn’t place the song the first time I watched it, but it was great! Thanks for your comment!

Westworld did this for a few songs in the first season too, which was refreshing!

Every episode they had one or two covers. It was cool. I was a skeptic of this show and it won me over. Specifically – Maeve won me over. Her character is awesome.

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