HBO’s ‘Westworld’ Los Angeles Premiere Filled With Excitement, Anticipation And #Chaos

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The cast and crew of Westworld brought themselves back online Monday at the world premiere of the HBO drama’s second season, with the red carpet rolled out at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.Evan-Rachel-Wood_-HBOs-Westworld-Season-2-Premiere--14-662x940

“We’re in a new loop,” series co-creator Jonathan Nolan said.  “This loop looks a bit like the last loop. It’s the same carpet … the same shade of red.”

 

The carpet was a soft red signaling the launching April 22 on HBO. The premiere, titled “Journey Into Night,” marks the first new episode of the genre-bending hit since it went off the air in December 2016 — almost a year and a half since Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) launched a revolution against her human oppressors.

Los Angeles Season 2 Premiere of the HBO Drama Series WESTWORLD

 

“You’re getting a much darker version of Dolores this year, that’s for sure,” Evan Rachel Wood said.  “Now she’s well and familiar with all sides of herself: the Dolores that we love, the darker Wyatt version, and she’s also building herself anew as we watch her throughout the season. We’ll be seeing more and more of who she really is.”

 

Los Angeles Season 2 Premiere of the HBO Drama Series WESTWORLD

“I feel like there are three phases for someone who takes part in the show,” said Ptolemy Slocum, who plays the selfish lab technician Sylvester. “You read it. Then you shoot it, and it’s a totally different story. Then you watch it, and it’s a totally different story. I’m about to embark on one of my favorite parts of being on the show: watching the show. It might sound like I’m bullshitting, but I’m not. It’s fascinating. So much changes.”

 

Indeed, much is changing as Westworld enters its second season, shattering the previous status quo in favor of a new narrative filled with expanding notions of consciousness, empowerment, oppression, war and what it means to be alive.

Los Angeles Season 2 Premiere of the HBO Drama Series WESTWORLD

“For me, one of the fascinating things about season one is we were looking at hosts trying to understand the nature of their own reality as they come into power,” co-creator Joy said. “By the finale of the season, Dolores has claimed some power for herself. Some agency. All of the hosts are moving toward agency. And the question now is: once you have power, what do you do with it?”

 

“Season one was very much about setting up the world and the characters in it, and the structures that we’re working with,” said Simon Quarterman, the actor who plays narcissistic narrative director Lee Sizemore. “This season, we’re tearing down that structure. The container we created in season one is blown open. It’s so much more expansive this season. It’s an awful lot of fun.”jeffrey_wright_thandie_newton_evan_rachel_wood_and_james_marsden_westworld_season_2_premiere

 

“I’ve been a fan of the Reddit community from the beginning,” says Nolan. “That community in particular rallied around the first season in a way like none other: dissecting and breaking apart the story, spending almost as much time thinking about it as we did while writing it. For us, it was a special thank you to that community, in a language perfectly tailored to them.”

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