Westworld season 2 might have only just finished, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start talking about Westworld season 3. After all, there’s a lot to discuss after that unbelievable Westworld season 2 ending and showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan have done interviews aplenty post-finale hinting at what we can expect from the next season. While it will be some time before we get Westworld season 3 - which was confirmed via the show’s official Twitter page midway through season 2 - there are still a few things we know about the next season of the hit HBO show. If you can’t wait to find out what Dolores, Bernard, and the rest of the Hosts will be up to, read on to find out everything we know about Westworld season 3 so far. Oh, and if you’re not up-to-date on the show, come back when you are because there are Westworld spoilers to follow.
When is the Westworld season 3 release date?
Don’t expect Westworld season 3 any time soon. If you thought the year-long gap between Westworld season 1 and season 2 was unbearable then prepare yourself for what sounds like an even longer wait for season 3. “There’s going to be a bit of a wait for a third season,” showrunner Jonathan Nolan told EW. “We’re still talking it through, honestly, with our friends at HBO, and with the cast and the crew. We want to take the time to make every season as exciting as possible. And we have an enormous challenge going into season 3 with the worlds that we’re building going forward. We want to make sure we have the time to do that right.”
Fellow showrunner Lisa Joy told THR something similar: “It's early days to know the exact timeline of when it will come back. We haven't nailed anything down yet. We don't know our release date. But we've definitely started breaking the story. Our current obsession with Westworld is ruining what's supposed to be a European vacation. [Laughs.] I woke up early this morning and started talking about it. We just had a pleasant lunch in between interviews, and all we did was talk about season three. We're well underway.”
Who is in the Westworld season 3 cast?
As with any show - but especially a HBO show - not everyone makes it from season to season, and given the number of deaths, apparent deaths, and deletions in season 2, there’s a big old question mark hovering over the Westworld season 3 cast list right now. We can probably safely say that Dolores and Bernard will be back for season 3 given the set up at the end of the season 2 finale, but will there actually be two Dolores in the new season given that there’s one who looks like Charlotte Hale (known as ‘Halores’ to the showrunners) who broke out of the park and one who looks like Dolores who Halores built in the outside world? Not so according to Nolan who tells EW: “Ehhh, not really. The question of who’s who and what we’re looking at is something we’re excited to play with. We’re excited to withhold a little from the audience but … it’s complicated.” This might mean that after she built… herself, Dolores put someone else inside the Charlotte Host body. Perhaps one of those memory balls she’s took out of the park with her?
EW asked Nolan if he already knew who those five memory balls belonged to or if it was still undecided and the showrunner was very noncommittal. “We’ve had some interesting conversations," he said. “It’s a large ensemble cast and sadly we’re saying goodbye to some people at the end of this season. But as always with this show, who remains and who doesn’t is something we’re having a lot of fun with.” As for other season 2 characters, Nolan added that it’s “on the safer end of things to presume” that Akecheta and the other Hosts who entered the Sublime wouldn’t be returning for season 3. Having said that, there’s no reason why Dolores, DELOS, or someone else couldn’t make copies of some of them, such as Teddy, if they wanted to...
Where will Westworld season 3 be set?
The end of Westworld season 2 saw Dolores break out of the park and into the world - Does this mean that the majority of Westworld season 3 will be set in the real world? According to Nolan the answer is yes! He elaborated to EW, saying: “We’re very excited about where the third season goes. It’s been a long build-up to get outside the park. And we’re incredibly excited about what that looks like and sounds like and what exactly our hosts discover out there.” While that all sounds well and good - and I personally can’t wait to see Dolores take on the real world - can a show like Westworld really leave… well, Westworld behind? Thankfully, Joy told THR that we haven’t seen the last of the park. “I don't necessarily think that we've seen the last of these artificial worlds that are central to the concept of our series as a whole,” she said. “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.”
And it’s not just Westworld, Raj World, and Shogun World Dolores (and potentially the show) is leaving behind in season 3. There are also three other DELOS worlds yet to be revealed AND the Hosts’ virtual paradise known as the Sublime. When asked about why those three other parks weren’t revealed in season 2, Nolan replied: “Well, not all of our favorite characters have managed to escape yet, so…” implying that Maeve and some of the other Hosts who are still in park might wander into these new worlds during season 3. (Ok, Maeve and co are currently dead, but they’ve been dead before!)
As for the Sublime, it’s not as obvious whether we’ll be exploring that world in season 3. “It's locked away. Humans can't access it anymore. They're gone. They're in a place we can't touch,” Joy tells THR. “The stakes and the finality of it are important. It's not something where I think the humans can type it up and get back in and start messing with them anymore. It's what so many Hosts sacrificed so much for, to see their kind to this safe space.” It’s interesting that Joy specifically says humans can’t access it and with her also confirming that Dolores is the only one who knows where she’s sent them, if we are to return to the Sublime in season 3, it’ll be because Dolores wants to.
When will the Westworld season 3 timeline be set?
Westworld timelines have caused us all more headaches than we care to admit and have become a hallmark of the show, so it’s safe to say that season 3 will feature a few different timelines. Based on the Westworld season 2 post-credits scene, could one of them be set in the far flung future? “Not necessarily,” Nolan tells EW. “We just love the ability to play in perceptual terms with the Hosts being immortal.” Of course that post-credits scene is more of a mind-blowing WTF tease rather than an actual indicator of what’s to come! Don’t despair if you’re desperate to find out what’s going on in that end-credits sting though, because if Joy is to be believed, we will return to that timeline... at some point. “I think that storyline is something we'll get to eventually.” Joy tells THR. “But season three, the main story will not be leaping that far forward. I'm really curious creatively to see what happens to Bernard and Dolores, now that they've finally earned their freedom. I think we'll see a lot more of that.”
Discover more about the Westworld season 2 finale and what it means for season 3 with our in-depth interview with showrunner Lisa Joy.