Spoiler: we’re in for a treat.
After the end of season 1 of Westworld left us yearning for more and admittedly slightly confused, fans have been counting down the days until season 2 arrives.
And with the announcement that the HBO sci-fi thriller will be returning in April, we thought it was only fair to indulge you in everything we know about the upcoming season of Westworld.
When is Westworld season 2 being released in Australia?
Season 2 will grace Australian television screens on Monday, April 23.
How to watch Westworld season 2 live and on-demand
Australians will be able to watch the live broadcast of Westworld season 2 on Foxtel’s showcase channel, with the first episode airing at 11:00am AEST on Monday, April 23 with an encore showing at 8:30pm AEST on the same day.
If you can’t catch episode 1 of the new season on April 23, it will be available to Foxtel subscribers via the cable company’s on-demand library or via stream through Foxtel Now.
Those who don’t have Foxtel can sign up for a two-week trial here.
Who will be returning?
Luckily, the first taster of the second season of Westworld revealed all of our faves from the first season will be back again, including, of course, the Man in Black (Ed Harris).
Joining Harris is Teddy (James Marsden), Bernard (Jeffrey Wright), Elsie (Shannon Woodward), Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth), Maeve (Thandie Newton), Lee (Simon Quarterman) and Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood).
There’s also a couple of new faces joining the cast, including The Leftovers star Katja Herbers as well as Johnathan Tucker, Neil Jackson and Gustaf Skarsgård, who have all been confirmed for recurring roles.
Oh and Angela (Talulah Riley)? She’s been promoted to a series regular.
How many episodes can we expect?
After the success of season 1, there was speculation as to whether HBO would extend the next series since fans were so desperate for more.
But just like the first season, it’s been confirmed there will be 10 episodes in season 2.
What’s the plot?
Obviously we’ll be seeing a lot of our season 1 questions overlapping into season 2, but there’s also guaranteed to be more twists and turns.
If you didn’t know, the Westworld books are based on three parks, and the final episode of the last season confirmed we can expect more worlds to emerge. The Super Bowl trailer also confirmed our worst fears – the Delos automata have a lot more planned than to just take over the parks. As Dolores says in her voiceover:
“This world deserves to die because this is your world. We’ve lived by your rules long enough. We can save this world. We can burn it to the ground, and from the ashes, build a new world: our world.”
Paired with those wild visuals, we’re pretty sure season 2 is going to be even more epic than its predecessor.
But questions still remain. Will the Man in Black survive his android showdown? What’re the repercussions for the androids now that both Ford AND Arnold are (apparently) gone?
We’ll have to hold tight to find out, but the good news is James Marsden reckons there’s five or six seasons ahead of us.
Can it be April 23rd already?