"Westworld" is getting a bit of a software and hardware reboot for Season 3.
Not only will the HBO drama's third season feature new locations and new cast members, it will be less mysterious and opaque, with fewer twists.
"“This is season is a little less of a guessing game and more of an experience with the hosts finally getting to meet their makers,” co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan told Entertainment Weekly.
At the end of Season 2, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) escaped the park and took the chips housing the consciousness of several androids with her.
Co-showrunner Lisa Joy revealed that there won't be a time jump this season. It picks up right after the massacre in the park, after Dolores' escape. But she'll experience some major "culture shock" as she navigates the real world.
After all they went through to get out of the park, Dolores finally got what she wanted, so we wanted to see how she interacts with the world and what her plan is. That’s a part of the story we were excited to tell," Joy said.
Dolores will run into a new character, played by "Breaking Bad" Emmy winner Aaron Paul, who plays a construction worker in Los Angeles named Caleb. He was first introduced in the teaser trailer released in May.
“Aaron’s character will challenge Dolores’ notions about the nature of humanity,” Nolan explained. “He’s the type of person who doesn’t get to go to Westworld.”
But while the action has moved out of the park, it's still taking place in "the West."
“Part of the story plays out in the Western United States, and that’s a thematic through-line in the show — the American West as a setting and an ethos. The idea of the West as a wild place, where just over the next hill or horizon there are no rules," Nolan said.
"On that thematic level, Dolores emerges to figure out what happened to the real West. And the answer is: We paved the thing over, and civilization eventually caught up with all those people who were running away from it.”