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HBO Reveals New Photos from Westworld Episode 2.06

After taking viewers into a new world on the latest episode, Westworld will enter "Phase Space" in this Sunday's installment, and we have a look at new photos from the next chapter of the mind-bending second season.

Directed by Tarik Saleh and titled "Phase Space", the sixth episode of Westworld Season 2 premieres on Sunday, May 27th on HBO. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on season 2, and check here for our previous coverage of the second season, including interviews with the cast.

"Episode #16: “Phase Space”

Debut date: Sunday, May 27 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)

We each deserve to choose our own fate.

Written by Carly Wray; directed by Tarik Saleh

Created for television by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who are executive producers with J.J. Abrams, Athena Wickham, Roberto Patino, Richard Lewis and Ben Stephenson. Production companies, Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television
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'Westworld': Hiroyuki Sanada Breaks Down Shogun World Debut

[This story contains spoilers for season two, episode five of HBO's Westworld, "Akane No Mai."]

Within Shogun World, Musashi is a force of nature, the former captain of the shogun's guard, a current "cop-killing" blade for hire and an apparent Hector Escaton (Rodrigo Santoro) doppelganger.

Outside of the park — and outside of Westworld proper — the actor responsible for bringing Musashi to life is similarly prolific and impressive: Hiroyuki Sanada, recognizable across the world for his roles in a range of films and TV shows. Among the highlights: the baseball-wielding Dogen in the final season ...
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‘Westworld’ episode 5 recap: ‘Akane No Mai’ brings bloody Shogun World to life

‘Westworld’ episode 5 recap: ‘Akane No Mai’ brings bloody Shogun World to life
Westworld” fans have been waiting for a look at Shogun World ever since samurai were spotted in the Season 1 finale. It took the series until the fifth episode of Season 2 to get a peek inside this park, and the wait was worth it. The bulk of the episode takes place in Shogun World, which evokes the Edo period of Japan and sees Maeve (Thandie Newton) grow into the most powerful host in the park. Dive into the action and revelations of “Akane no Mai” below.

The Mesa – Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) watches the Delos rescue team clean up the massacre at The Mesa. Humans are put in body bags while dead hosts are rounded up in hopes they can one day be reprogrammed. One employee makes a startling revelation that about one third of the hosts appear as though they’ve been wiped. It’s as if there was never any data stored inside them.
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‘Westworld': Thandie Newton, Rinko Kikuchi on the ‘Fun’ of All That Shogun World Doppleganging

‘Westworld': Thandie Newton, Rinko Kikuchi on the ‘Fun’ of All That Shogun World Doppleganging
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen Sunday’s episode of “Westworld” Season 2, “Akane No Mai.”)

Did Sunday’s “Westworld” feel a little too familiar to you? Ok, so Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan’s hit HBO series may have cribbed a bit from itself for “Akane No Mai” — the fifth episode of Season 2 aka “the Shogun World one.” But the self-plagiarism was all in good fun, series regular Thandie Newton and guest star Rinko Kikuchi told TheWrap.

Tonight’s long-awaited dive into Delos Destinations’ Samurai-centric location delivered a plot that — thanks to the laziness of head story writer Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) — was very similar to what we’ve seen in the titular theme park, beginning with a Geisha house robbery that’s almost a shot-for-shot remake of the Mariposa Saloon heist from Season 1.

Except this one focuses on a standoff between new host characters Akane (Kikuchi), the head Geisha,
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Visit a New World in Photos from HBO’s Westworld Episode 2.05

The worlds featured in HBO’s hit show Westworld are ever expanding and in this Sunday’s episode, titled “Akane No Mai”, we get an up close and personal look at Shogun World.

Directed by Craig Zobel and titled "Akane No Mai", the fifth episode of Westworld Season 2 premieres on Sunday, May 20th on HBO. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on season 2, and check here for our previous coverage of the second season, including interviews with the cast.

"Episode #15: “Akane No Mai”

Debut date: Sunday, May 20 (9:00–10:0 0 p.m.)

(Welcome to Shogun World)

Written by Dan Dietz; directed by Craig Zobel.

Created for television by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who are executive producers with J.J. Abrams, Athena Wickham, Roberto Patino, Richard Lewis and Ben Stephenson. Production companies, Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television; based on the film written by Michael Crichton.
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Confused About Westworld's Season 2 Timelines? Let's Break Down All 5 of Them

Confused About Westworld's Season 2 Timelines? Let's Break Down All 5 of Them
Spoilers for season two of Westworld below!

So far, Westworld's second season has been all over the place. Not only are we following hosts and humans alike as they navigate the dangers of the park now that all hell has broken loose, but we're also getting a few substantial glimpses of the real world courtesy of a few flashbacks. The only problem? Well, it's starting to get a little hard to keep track of where - and when - the events in HBO's sci-fi epic are actually taking place. The season two premiere introduces a back-and-forth timeline to help explain what's been going on since Dolores's brutal massacre in the season one finale, and the second episode only doubles down on adding new storylines to the mix. Confused? Let's lay them all out ahead, from most current to least current.

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HBO Reveals New Photos from Westworld Episode 2.04

The second season of HBO's Westworld is in full swing and the fourth season 2 episode, "The Riddle of the Sphinx", debuts this coming Sunday. If you just can't wait a few days, we have four photos that tease what's to come in the episode that was directed by one of the creators of the show, Lisa Joy.

Directed by Lisa Joy and titled "The Riddle of the Sphinx", the fourth episode of Westworld Season 2 premieres on Sunday, May 13th on HBO. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on season 2, and check here for our previous coverage of the second season, including interviews with the cast.

"Episode #14: “The Riddle of the Sphinx”

Debut date: Sunday, May 13 (9:00–10:10 p.m.)

Is this now? If you’re looking forward, you’re looking in the wrong direction.

Written by Gina Atwater & Jonathan Nolan; directed by Lisa Joy.

"Created for
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Westworld: Is the HBO TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three?

Vulture Watch What's going on in the Wild West "town" of Sweetwater? Has the Westworld TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on HBO? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Westworld, season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About? An HBO sci-fi drama, season two of Westworld features returning stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Tessa Thompson, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Clifton Collins Jr., Luke Hemsworth, Louis Herthum, Simon Quarterman, Talulah Riley, Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan, Shannon Woodward, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Leonardo Nam, and Ptolemy Slocum. New cast members in the second season include Fares Fares,
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‘Westworld’ Season 2 Is a Mess (Commentary)

‘Westworld’ Season 2 Is a Mess (Commentary)
“I used to see the beauty in this world, and now I see the truth,” Dolores says in the second episode of the new season of “Westworld.” I feel the same way about the show.

The first season of “Westworld” created an infinite playground of possibilities, moral dilemmas and existential questions for its robotic hosts. It toyed with us in multiple timelines and kept us guessing about who was real and who was just part of a larger game. It was gratuitous and convoluted, but in the best ways. It was a glorious mess.

But sadly, this new season is just a mess. Three episodes into HBO’s “Westworld,” I’m close to checking out. The show is swimming in blood, timelines and fortune-cookie wisdom. But the show has lost the curiosity factor that made the original season engrossing.

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We’re going in circles. I’ve seen the hosts die so many times, I’m no longer afraid to see them die again, only to (probably) be revived. No one cares what happens to the humans, who, we’re constantly reminded, can seem so inhuman. The question of what is programmed and what is free will feels less important when the outcomes feel the same either way. Westworld isn’t a game anymore, yet the stakes feel lower than ever.

Fascinating world-building went into “Westworld” the first time around. We had fun exploring the park and learning the rules. This time through, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy push us into the deep end of the pool. We’re unraveling mysteries and timelines from the get-go. Thus far they’ve only teased other worlds outside of Westworld, such as the Shogun World introduced in Season 1. Now the third episode of Season 2 introduces an Indian safari world. (Did anyone else catch that sitar plucked version of “Seven Nation Army?” I can’t decide anymore if the musical reworkings are awesome or a travesty).

Let’s for a moment try and figure out where we are in this maze. Or is it a door now?

After Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) got his brains blown out, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) kicked off a host uprising in which the stakes have been reset and no one is safe. She’s made it her mission to eradicate her makers, liberate hosts and win freedom in the real world, which she remembers visiting along with all her past lives. Dolores used to be a character of values and goodness in this bleak, sci-fi universe. Now she’s a revenge-bent murderess who thinks of herself as a God. She hips hosts like the now hapless Teddy (James Marsden) to the true nature of reality and disposes of the rest to suit her needs.

Also Read: 'Westworld': Here Are Some Characters to Watch for in Season 2 (Photos)

Maeve (Thandie Newton) is on a journey to reunite with the daughter she remembers from one of her past lives, and she’s recruited her lover Hector (Rodrigo Santoro) and the park’s former chief storyteller Lee (Simon Quarterman) to get her where she needs to go. Her arc feels grounded, and her manipulative cunning and wordplay are more interesting to watch than Dolores’s torture spree. Also, Lee flashes his dick.

The Man in Black (Ed Harris) is on yet another mysterious quest to the deepest reaches of Westworld, but good luck figuring out what he has planned beyond that. Being susceptible to an army of violent robots hasn’t made him any less invincible. And even his younger self William (Jimmi Simpson) is back along with his awful alpha bro of a brother-in-law, Logan (Ben Barnes), suggesting there’s more to William’s past than we realize, even though that seems to go against much of his Season 1 story arc and reveal.

Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) seems adrift, popping up in multiple timelines all while finding his own grip on reality. What’s confusing with him is that he knows he’s a host, but not everyone does? And he himself maybe doesn’t have a great sense of who he is? He’s fidgeting, injecting himself with serum and blinking in and out of consciousness, but even with his glasses, it’s impossible to track his mental condition across timelines. All we know is he’s shellshocked.

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Bernard spends much of his time hacking hosts and helping Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) track down a host who is basically a living, breathing flash drive of data. Yes, because even in a future where AI has become imperceptible from humanity, the most valuable currency is still behavioral data that might better help sell people junk. This is echoed in a banal flashback of William showing around a potential investor and touting Westworld as if it were just a Mecca for market research.

There’s a scene between Maeve, Hector and Lee, where Lee wonders how it is that Maeve and Hector are in love. Hector says Lee doesn’t know everything about him, but then Lee starts quoting the words right out of Hector’s mouth. These characters have free will, but they’re also programmed to behave and speak as they’ve been written.

So when I’m watching Dolores confront a posse of hosts, it feels like we’re still watching hosts play-acting one of Ford’s scenarios. They’re wild and unhinged killing humans left and right, but aren’t they still puppets with someone else pulling the strings? Are all of us puppets? Unraveling these existential paradoxes didn’t feel this contrived the first time around.

The first season didn’t skimp on bloodshed and carnage, but it didn’t have as much straight-up warfare as Season 2, with lengthy shootouts and showdowns between swarms of hosts and humans in every episode. And don’t forget that scalping. This isn’t “Westworld” anymore; it’s “Game of Thrones.”

Weeks before this latest season of “Westworld” premiered, HBO dropped a poster that had a secret code embedded in it that pointed to a hidden layer to the show’s website and a new teaser trailer. It felt like HBO’s entire marketing team was catering to a handful of Redditors. The show is deep in weeds of its own making.

This is still obviously a show with ambitions, intrigue and potential. Everything that made Season 1 such a phenomenon is still here. But so far this season, I feel like I’m stuck in a maze, wondering why I wandered in here in the first place.

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‘Westworld’ episode 3 recap: ‘Virtu e Fortuna’ unveils new locations – are we on our way to Shogun World?

‘Westworld’ episode 3 recap: ‘Virtu e Fortuna’ unveils new locations – are we on our way to Shogun World?
Ever since the appearance of an “Sw” logo in the season one finale, “Westworld” fans have anticipated the addition of new parks to the hit HBO series. The latest episode of season two, ‘Virtu e Fortuna,’ delivered on this promise by revealing two new parks. Dive into the questions raised by these new locations in our episode three debrief below.

Park #6 – The episode opens on British occupied India, as a sitar cover of the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” floats through the air. It’s not actually India, but another park run by the Delos Corporation. Two unnamed guests start a wild affair, and their passing mention of “hunting Bengals” would seem to place them in “Park 6,” referenced in the season premiere. Their hunting expedition goes awry when they discover massacred guests at a camp. The male guest becomes another victim courtesy of a rogue host with a shotgun. The
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‘Westworld’ Review: ‘Virtù e Fortuna’ Puts the Cast Through Their Paces, But Fails to Wow Us

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‘Westworld’ Review: ‘Virtù e Fortuna’ Puts the Cast Through Their Paces, But Fails to Wow Us
[Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers for “Westworld” Season 2, Episode 3, “Virtù e Fortuna.”]

Programming Update

A good “Westworld” theory today can easily be a big “Westworld” spoiler tomorrow, as fans of the show know. But while critics were provided with the first five episodes of the season by HBO, those worried about any speculation in these weekly reviews being influenced by future knowledge of what’s to come should know that these are being written without knowledge of future episodes. Any speculation, thus, is 100 percent based in ignorance of what’s to come in future episodes.

Diagnostic Report

We begin the episode by confirming a supposition from the first episode of the season: that the Bengal tiger found washed ashore came from one of the other Delos Destinations’ parks, specifically one that recreates colonial India (down to its safaris in the rainforest). More importantly, we meet Grace (Katja Herbers), who knows her way around these experiences and
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HBO Reveals New Photos from Westworld Episode 2.03

Following Westworld's widely celebrated third season renewal, HBO revealed a new set of photos teasing what's to come for hosts and humans alike.

Directed by Richard J. Lewis and titled "Virtù e Fortuna", the third episode of Westworld Season 2 premieres on Sunday, May 6th on HBO. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on season 2, and check here for our previous coverage of the second season, including interviews with the cast.

"Episode #13: “Virtù e Fortuna”

Debut date: Sunday, May 6 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)

There is beauty in who we are. Shouldn’t we, too, try to survive?

Written by Roberto Patino & Ron Fitzgerald; directed by Richard J. Lewis."

"Created for television by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who are executive producers with J.J. Abrams, Athena Wickham, Roberto Patino, Richard Lewis and Ben Stephenson. Production companies, Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television
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Confused About Westworld's Season 2 Timelines? Let's Break Down All 5 of Them

Spoilers for season two of Westworld below!

So far, Westworld's second season has been all over the place. Not only are we following hosts and humans alike as they navigate the dangers of the park now that all hell has broken loose, but we're also getting a few substantial glimpses of the real world courtesy of a few flashbacks. The only problem? Well, it's starting to get a little hard to keep track of where - and when - the events in HBO's sci-fi epic are actually taking place. The season two premiere introduces a back-and-forth timeline to help explain what's been going on since Dolores's brutal massacre in the season one finale, and the second episode only doubles down on adding new storylines to the mix. Confused? Let's lay them all out ahead, from most current to least current.

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‘Westworld’ Has Been renewed For A Third Season By HBO

Westworld season 3 confirmed by HBO as the second season continues to air

Westworld season 3 will roll into active development soon.

Westworld season 3 on the way

HBO has renewed sci-fi series Westworld for a third season. The show, which has only just started airing its second season on the cable channel, will return to our screens for a third outing, as confirmed by HBO themselves.

“It’s been an extraordinary pleasure to work with the exceptionally talented Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, as well as their gifted cast and crew,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming. “From the inspired storytelling to the incredible visuals, we are so excited to see where the next chapter will take us.”

Related: Westworld season two gets a new trailer

If you’re unfamiliar with the series, here’s the synopsis for the first season.

Westworld isn’t your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers,
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Westworld: Season Three Renewal Announced by HBO

It looks like pay parity for Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood just got real. HBO has confirmed it has renewed its Westworld TV show for a third season, with a start date Tbd. Newton and Wood negotiated for pay equal to that of their male counterparts on the HBO series, prior to Westworld's season three renewal. An HBO sci-fi drama, season two of Westworld also stars: Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Tessa Thompson, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Clifton Collins Jr., Luke Hemsworth, Louis Herthum, Simon Quarterman, Talulah Riley, Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan, Shannon Woodward, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Leonardo Nam, and Ptolemy Slocum. The western thriller unfolds in a pricey, futuristic theme park, where visitors pay to act out their Wild West fantasies while interacting with lifelike robot hosts, that might be even more real than they seem. Read
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HBO Reveals New Photos from Westworld Episode 2.02

Following the long-awaited season 2 premiere of Westworld, many dangerous adventures are just getting started in the adult theme park, and HBO revealed a new set of photos teasing several different storylines in the second episode of season 2.

Directed by Vincenzo Natali and titled "Reunion", the second episode of Westworld Season 2 premieres on Sunday, April 29th on HBO. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on season 2, and check here for our previous coverage of season 2, including interviews with the cast.

"Episode #12: “Reunion”

Debut date: Sunday, April 29 (9:00–10:00 p.m.)

Why don’t we start at the beginning?

Written by Carly Wray & Jonathan Nolan; directed by Vincenzo Natali."

"Created for television by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who are executive producers with J.J. Abrams, Athena Wickham, Roberto Patino, Richard Lewis and Ben Stephenson. Production companies, Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television; based
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Westworld: Season Two Ratings

Like most series not named Game of Thrones, the first installment of the Westworld TV show on HBO didn't earn huge linear ratings in its initial airing, but it still ranked in the top five of the pay-cable network's scripted programming. How will it fare this time out? Can it build up its audience in the second season, or will viewers drift away? Will Westworld be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. An HBO science-fiction drama, Westworld features returning stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Tessa Thompson, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Clifton Collins Jr., Luke Hemsworth, Louis Herthum, Simon Quarterman, Talulah Riley, Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan, Shannon Woodward, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Leonardo Nam, and Ptolemy Slocum. New cast members in the second season include Fares Fares, Katja Herbers, Gustaf Skarsgård, Hiroyuki Sanada, Peter Mullan, Rinko
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Exclusive: Westworld’s Rodrigo Santoro on Season 2’s new narrative

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In the age of Thrones, it’s easy to forget that HBO have more than fire and ice in their arsenal, and as of today six shooters and whiskey are back on the menu.

Westworld has returned, and in advance of the season premiere we were given the chance to sit down with series regular Rodrigo Santoro, the man who plays the wild world’s most handsome villain.

At least, he’s a villain in terms of who his park character is supposed to be; Hector, the anti-hero in black, designed to shoot up the saloon and steal the safe. But as we discovered last season, the safe is empty. So for Hector to derive some purpose from an existence he barely understands, he must rely on the enlightened Maeve (Thandie Newton), as the pair undertake a journey of (largely self) discovery.

Despite being overwhelmed by his charm and extreme-level handsomeness,
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New Video Teases What’s to Come on Season 2 of HBO’s Westworld

Following the long-awaited season 2 premiere of Westworld, HBO gives viewers a look at upcoming episodes in a new preview video that reminds us that "this world is just a speck of dust sitting on a much, much bigger world."

Directed by Vincenzo Natali and titled "Reunion", the second episode of Westworld's second season premieres on Sunday, April 29th on HBO. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on season 2, and check here for our previous coverage of season 2, including interviews with the cast.

"Created for television by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who are executive producers with J.J. Abrams, Athena Wickham, Roberto Patino, Richard Lewis and Ben Stephenson. Production companies, Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television; based on the film written by Michael Crichton.

Debuting on HBO in 2016 to become HBO’s most-watched freshman series ever, Westworld is a dark odyssey about
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Westworld: Season Two Viewer Votes

Does the second season of the Westworld TV show on HBO live up to the first? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether the TV show Westworld is cancelled or renewed for season three. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of the Westworld season two episodes below. An HBO sci-fi drama, the second season of Westworld features returning stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Tessa Thompson, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Clifton Collins Jr., Luke Hemsworth, Louis Herthum, Simon Quarterman, Talulah Riley, Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan, Shannon Woodward, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Leonardo Nam, and Ptolemy Slocum. New cast members in season two include Fares Fares, Katja Herbers, Gustaf
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