AceShowbiz - "Westworld" wrapped up its sophomore season in an episode titled "The Passenger" which aired on Sunday, June 24. [SPOILER ALERT!] While it delivered a slew of big surprises, the season finale also brought the characters to two brand new worlds; the "Sublime" and our world.
"Sublime" refers to the idyllic digital realm where many of the hosts, including Teddy (James Marsden) and Akecheta (Zahn McClarnon), escaped. Meanwhile, our world is located beyond the park's borders, the one mankind knows as their home.
However, what drove fans crazy was the post-credit scene which apparently centered on an artificial version of the Man in Black (Ed Harris) and took places in the "far, far future." The epilogue made fans doubt the humanity of the Man in Black and whether his real daughter Emily (Katja Herbers) even died in the penultimate episode.
Co-creator and co-showrunner Lisa Joy has opened up about the burning questions about the real identity of the Man in Black. "Within it, just to clarify, we don't necessarily say he's a host. A host refers to a creature like Dolores, someone who is pure cognition, someone who is made up of nothing and has a fabricated body as well. It's definitely a sequence that's indicative of a direction we're going to," she shares to The Hollywood Reporter.
The finale also suggested that now the real world has welcomed three new inhabitants, Bernard (Jeffrey Wright), Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and a recently created host played by Tessa Thompson. It is believed that them being in a place and the conflict between Dolores and Bernard will play a major role in the upcoming third season.
The episode saw the show slowly introducing new worlds, prompting fans to wonder whether it will eventually abandon its titular park. Regarding the issue, Joy coyly responds, "I don't necessarily think that we've seen the last of these artificial worlds that are central to the conceit of our series as a whole. But the major lens that we will have is going to be the real world. If the park does emerge and come back, we would plan on explaining how that could be, and why."
As for the relationship between Bernard and Dolores, she said, "I think one of the lessons Dolores learned this season is that she had a goal, and her goal was noble in nature. She wanted to save her kind. She knew the stakes. She lived so many lives in the park and died so many deaths, and above all, she wanted to spare others that pain by finding a way to let the hosts fight back and own a piece of [the humans'] world."
But Joy didn't single out the possibility of the possible conflict rising between the two characters. "They will likely come into conflict. They may even kill each other," she explains, before adding, "But she's come to understand that true freedom isn't something that arises from a lack of dissent, from a dictatorial or totalitarian rule of one set of ideologies."
She also reveals that season 3 "is going to be a whole new world." Joy continues, "This series is about reinvention and scope. The first season was a more intimate look at the park from within the loops. In the second season, the hosts broke out of their loops and were able to explore more of the park. In the third season, they've broken out of the park itself. We're in a new terra incognita."