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One of the most groundbreaking and thought-provoking TV series of 2016 was HBO's sci-fi drama Westworld, which was a maze wrapped inside of an enigma protocol wrapped inside of a colonial robot. When Season 1 ended, the biggest mystery then became "When is Season 2 coming, and why isn't it right now?" Any details about Season 2's release window have all been kept over the horizon, with no one able to say anything resembling specific until everything was closer to completion. But now, Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood has revealed Season 2 will premiere in Spring 2018.

No, it's not an exact release date, but Spring 2018 is at least closer to a final truth than we've had before. We know it's coming earlier in the year now, which is an interesting choice, since its dark and gloomy atmosphere go well with crisp fall evenings. The proper weather pairing is a slightly less important factor to TV viewers, though, and so getting it in the spring works just fine. Like right at the end of March, though. None of that "waiting until June 17" business.

There is, of course, a good reason why Westworld Season 2 didn't just pop up a year after its first season showed up. Similarly to how the first season also took a long time to come together, creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy and the rest of the creative team took their time with planning the story, knowing how savvy audiences were to how things played out in Season 1, and the point is to make the best set of world-expanding episodes possible, and not just "the best set of episodes possible before that pre-determined release date." But now it seems like there is at least a finish line in sight, just still possibly quite a ways away. (The recent production delays aren't likely factoring into any overall delays.)

Let's all appreciate Evan Rachel Wood for offering up Westworld info the only way anyone can do it: with limited words and an open ending.

Coupled with Game of Thrones' roving schedule in its final two seasons, the nontraditional delay between Westworld Season 1 and the eventual Season 2 has made the anticipation of HBO's prestige programming palpable, which is still a nice feeling to get in this age of TV over-saturation. (This glorious, glorious age.) And we'll have months to keep that anticipation going, too. Here's hoping another drool-worthy trailer is on the way in the nearer future.

Westworld Season 2 is finally coming to HBO in Spring 2018, so set your watches that will one day grow up to be saloon-bots. (Technology!) And Season 1 just hit Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, November 7, and picking that one up will give fans some brand new extras and more to watch. Head to our fall TV premiere schedule to see all the other new and returning shows coming before 2018.