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One of the breakout TV hits of the past year is HBO's sci-fi epic Westworld. With a cast of all star film actors and a fascinating time jumping plot, Westworld has the potential to be the network's next Game of Thrones. The show's first season ended with an explosive and violent plot twist, as the retired (and seriously pissed off) hosts descended upon the park's board and VIPs. It looks like the Westworld we came to know in Season 1 is all but dead, and Evan Rachel Wood's Dolores may have finally taken control of her own destiny... with murder. So what should we expect from the layered protagonist?

Evan Rachel Wood recently spoke to EW about Westworld's upcoming sophomore season. Regarding Dolores' journey moving forward, Wood said:

I'm really curious to see the unleashed version of her that we caught a glimpse of at the very end of the finale. Those final seconds, I think we were seeing a completely different side to her, completely different programming and completely off of her leash, so I don't think she will be the same person; she'll be an evolved version.

Well this is certainly exciting. It looks like the sweet and innocent Dolores is officially dead, making way for a more grown up and murderous host who is free to dictate her own actions.

Season 1 of Westworld was largely focused on Dolores attempting to navigate through her memories and programming. While her role in the park's narrative was simply to be a victim for visitors to hurt and kill, Anthony Hopkins' Dr. Ford flipped the script by altering Dolores' programming. The hosts are now able to harm the denizens of the park, with Dolores starting the chaos by shooting Ford in the head.

Now that Dolores has control over her own destiny, it seems like anything could happen in Season 2. While Season 2 won't pick up at the exact moment the first season ended, I'm assuming we'll eventually be privy to whatever massacre happened after the screen cut to black. Hopefully including Dolores shooting up the place Annie Oakley style.

Additionally, Westworld's Season 1 finale also introduced the concept of other parks. We saw a brief look into a Samurai themed one, which would be a fascinating way to keep the audience on their toes. After seeing Dolores and company ride horse and have shootouts, changing the park would make Westworl feel more like an anthology series. Now it's a matter of whether or not Dolores can be reprogrammed, or if she'll travel to another park on her own free will.

Unfortunately, we'll have to wait quite some time before Westworld finally returns to the small screen. Season 2 is currently set for a 2018 release, so be sure to check out our summer premiere list to plan your next binge watching adventure.

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