Westworld Season 2's Shogun World Is Designed For The "True Connoisseur Of Gore"
"A landscape of highest beauty and darkest horror."
While the entirety of Westworld Season 1 was set within the Wild West-themed park of the title, it has been slowly revealed that there are other worlds that can be visited. One of these is a zone populated by samurai warriors, some elements of which were seen briefly during the final episode of the first season. We now have some further details about the area known as Shogun World, which will feature in the upcoming Season 2.
The information comes from the Delos Experience, a viral marketing site set up to promote Westworld. While it doesn't provide any clues as to how much of it we'll see in Season 2, it certainly sounds like we might be in for some gruesome sights.
It reads: "For those for whom Westworld is not enough, the true connoisseur of gore can indulge their fantasies with the slash of a katana. Modeled after Japan's Edo period, Shogun World offers a chance for guests to embrace their inner warrior, in a landscape of highest beauty and darkest horror. Let your true self take shape in the land where self-discovery is an art form."
Shogun World was also seen briefly in the most recent trailer for the upcoming season, with Thandie Newton's character Maeve seen wearing a kimono. The Delos Experience also confirms that there are a further four parks which are currently "closed to the public." There has been much speculation about what these other worlds could be. The 1976 sequel to original 1973 movie Westworld was titled Futureworld, and it featured a number of different parks, including Medieval World, Roman World, and, er Spa World.
Westworld Season 2 premiers on HBO on April 22. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, joint showrunner Jonathan Nolan spoke about the way that fans have taken to the show, and the level of analysis that every episode of Season 1 was subjected to. "When you're working on a show like this where there are layers and there are details and you try to make every piece count, you're hoping that people will engage on that level," he said. "In our wildest dreams, we didn't expect the level of fan engagement and dialogue, [especially] that moment when they figured out the plot twist for episode 10 42 minutes into Episode 2!"