"Westworld" Season 1 just ended, and it sounds like Ed Harris feels the same way we do. It was amazing ... but we still have a million questions. If only Arnold had created mazes for the humans who watch this show, guiding our conscious minds to enlightenment. 'Cause right now, our motor functions are stuck in this loop:Harris, who plays the Man in Black -- also confirmed in last night's finale as the older/contemporary version of William -- talked to Entertainment Weekly after Season 1, Episode 10, "The Bicameral Mind."
His character was obsessed with finding the maze, although he was warned that the maze "isn't meant for you." That just made it sound all the more tantalizing, but also all the more disappointing when the maze turned out to be a test by Arnold to help hosts like Dolores reach consciousness -- leading her on a winding path inward until she found her own voice in her head as a final step of self-awareness.
The maze really wasn't for humans. It was also, on a more literal level, just a toy. Here's Harris's reaction to the maze:
EW: What was your reaction to the maze being revealed to be a toy? I suspect it was not that much different than your character's reaction.
Ed Harris: Yeah. Basically: "What is this sh–? What is going on here?" Yeah. I gotta tell you, I'm still not quite clear on what the maze was supposed to have represented. But the fact that it didn't really mean anything, or didn't exist ... I haven't penetrated that. But I haven't seen the finale yet.
At least he's honest.
In terms of what's next, Harris said the showrunners told him they're doing 10 episodes again in Season 2, but they "[p]robably won't start shooting until June or July. They sound pretty excited about what it's about. But I have no idea what it will encompass." Asked to speculate on what will happen, now that the hosts's revolution has begun, Harris said, "I don't know, but it sure seems like there's going to be an awful lot of violence. I think all hell's going to break loose. I don't know if I join forces with the hosts, or what. But I'm happy for [showrunners] Jonah [Nolan] and Lisa [Joy]. This has been something they've been working on for a long time. They have very specific plans for Season 2. I think they're gonna spend more time in Utah next season — they were there for two weeks last season, next season will be a month. They've done a great job. And it's nice to be in a hit."
"No one's more excited than me to come back — I guarantee it! That's the only clue I'm going to give you." Actually, she did add, "I know a little about what's coming in Season 2. I know how our ending for Season 1 will segue into Season 2 and... wow. [laughs] That's all I can say. I think it was always that Season 1 was going to be this backstory and set up — getting to know the park and characters. I think Season 2 is really going to be warp speed. The show might really start in Season 2."
We can't wait! But HBO seriously needs to carve out at least a half an hour after each episode of "Westworld" Season 2 to explain things to the class. If AMC can give fans "Talking Dead," HBO can do it for the one show on TV that really needs it the most.
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