It's a good time to be a TV watcher. Between network TV, cable, premium networks, and streaming services, there's a ton of quality programming available. One of the more groundbreaking new series on air is HBO's Westworld, which is bringing sci-fi to the network in a major way. The show has recently been renewed, leading many to wonder how the final few episodes of Season 1 will transition into its sophomore season. Westworld killed off a ton of characters in the last episode, and who knows what sort of craziness they'll whip out in the finale. But one actor has just been confirmed for Season 2, leaving a ton of questions open about the remainder of this season.
Actor Ed Harris, who plays the mysterious Man in Black in Westworld, recently sat down with BBC Radio (via Slash Film) about his various acting projects. He eventually let slip that he'll be returning for Season 2- a revelation that has the potential to destroy popular fan theories about the series.
Part of what makes Westworld such great television is how utterly clueless the audience is. Every episode brings up more questions about the series, and the internet is ripe with fan theories about the new show. One of the most popular theories is that Ed Harris' Man in Black is actually the older version of Jimmi Simpson's William. Most Westworld viewers agree that there are likely two distinct timelines being shown in each episode, which would explain how Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) can seemingly be in two places at once.
So if the popular fan theory is true, then we can assume that Season 2 will largely take place in the theorized present timeline, rather than the one that includes Dolores and William's adventure. With this in mind, it should be interesting to see which other plot lines are actually set in the past, and if those actors will no longer being in the series. Of course, this fan theory could be totally wrong.
Either way, Ed Harris revealing he'd be back for Season 2 is a major misstep. As we watch the remaining few episodes, we will do so with the knowledge that the Man in Black isn't going anywhere. Any life or death situations will therefore be much less powerful, as we don't have to worry about whether or not the mysterious villain will make it out alive. While we don't know how how the episodes will play out, it will presumably bring down the suspense of the final episodes.
It should be interesting to see which actors return for Season 2 of Westworld. The cast is made up primarily of A-list movie stars, who presumably don't want to take the pay cut and grueling schedule of television.
Westworld airs Sundays on HBO.