Spoilers for the Westworld finale can be found throughout this article. If you are avoiding spoilers, please hop out out now.
It's only been a few short days since Westworld finished out its first season run on HBO. Following stellar ratings, the show has already been renewed for Season 2, but when it comes back, there will at least be one character who will no longer appear on the HBO drama. That character is none other than Young William, played by Jimmi Simpson. In a recent interview, Simpson explained that from what he understands, his character won't be back.
No. I feel the same way, like gosh darn. My William has served his purpose. As of now, I'll be done at the end of Season 1.
If you've been following Jimmi Simpson on Twitter, he's spent that last several days saying a lot of nice things about the cast. The whole way he has been speaking has felt like a farewell of sorts to the series, and since the finale confirmed that Young William was a remnant of the past appearing in Dolores' memories of a former time, it makes a lot of sense that the character may not play a role in Season 2. However, Simpson's interview with Vanity Fair only recently confirmed that he won't be back for Season 2.
If you've been keeping tabs on Westworld, you may already know that the commentary from the actor flies in the face of what the show creators have already told us about the possibilities during Season 2 and potentially beyond. As we've seen, humans like Arnold have become androids like Bernard, and besides, the show has already shown us plenty of flashbacks or at least past events from the park. In an interview with EW, Jonathan Nolan revealed that even characters like Anthony Hopkins' Robert Ford could potentially make his way back to the HBO drama. Per Ed Harris himself, the older version of The Man in Black will definitely be returning for Season 2, so there's that to look forward to.
Again, I think with this show we like surprising people. And we like playing with them. We've established the show can track forward and backward in time. ... As we've established, the hosts can't distinguish their memories and realities. There is always an opportunity to revisit some of these characters.
Westworld takes a long time to shoot and we reportedly won't even be getting new episodes until sometime late next year or even into 2018. As of now, Jimmi Simpson doesn't believe he will be a part of future episodes, but you never know when that could change in Season 3 or beyond. Half of the fun of the series is finding out what happens next, and so far the show has not disappointed. To find out what we know about Westworld Season 2, head here. In addition, you can see what else HBO has coming up with our midseason TV premiere schedule.