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HBO tells ‘Westworld’ to bring itself back online for season 3

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HBO has told its hit sci-fi seriesWestworldto bring itself back online for a third season, and with thesecond seasonnow officially in the rearview mirror, it’s time to begin looking ahead to season 3.

TheWestworld season 2 finale dramatically changed the paradigm for the show and its cast of characters — both human and synthetic — and now season 3 is primed to go beyond the borders of the park.

Here’s everything we know aboutWestworld season 3 so far.

(Warning: Multiple season 2spoilers below.)

The premiere

There’s no official premiere date for the season 3 at this point, but it’s widely believed that the third season will debut in 2020. It’s a long wait for fans, but almost two years elapsed between the finale of season 1 and the premiere of season 2.

The show’s co-creator Lisa Joy was coy about the premiere date for season 3 in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and for a variety of reasons, there could be a lot to contemplate before writing begins, let alone production. Accordingly, Joy’s co-pilot Jonathon Nolan indicated just after the season 2 finale that “there’s going to be a bit of a wait for a third season.”

The setting

The finale of the second season effectively blew out the borders of the park — and the perceived boundaries of the show’s narrative. According to the show’s creators, season 3 will continue to explore the world outside the park.

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“From the beginning … we knew we wanted to explore other worlds in the park, and we also knew the one world we would start to see little glimpses of throughout the first two seasons was the real world, and that we would get there eventually and when we did, it would be a whole new experience,” Joy told The Hollywood Reporter.

The story

While there’s no shortage of narrative threads the series could explore in its third season, the relationship between hosts Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) is expected to heavily shape the events of season 3.

Jeffrey Wright | 'Westworld' (2016)
Jeffrey Wright | 'Westworld' (2016)

With Dolores attempting to assert the hosts’ dominance outside the park and Bernard standing against her, their dynamic is expected to be at the center of season 3’s overarching narrative.

The timeline

Although the final scene in the season 2 finale presented yet another timeline to consider in the complicated continuity ofWestworld, is expected to have a more traditional timeline for season 3. While the series will continue to play fast and loose with the perception of time — and the narrative surprises that come from creative manipulation of it — there won’t be a sudden change in setting for the third season, according to the show’s creators.

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Ed Harris as the Man in Black Courtesy of HBO

Fans shouldn’t expect the task of tracking the show’s multitude of timelines to get any easier, however. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about season 3, Nolan teased, “We just love the ability to play in perceptual terms with the hosts being immortal.”

The other parks

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There’s no official word on whether the remaining parks to be identified will be revealed in season 3, but theWestworldcreators have indicated that they won’t remain a mystery forever. We know about three of the six parks so far (Westworld, Shogunworld, and The Raj), but the trio of parks that have yet to show up in the series could play a role in season 3, even as the action moves outside Westworld and the other parks.

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