Westworld Season 3 Trailer Breakdown: 33 Clues You Missed
HBO's critically acclaimed sci-fi series is coming back and bringing even more mystery in the war between hosts and huma
Westworld Season 3, is just around the corner. The final trailer dropped this morning, promising even more extravagant mysteries and brutal stunts as the war between the hosts--robots programmed to believe they're human who previously only existed to be used by humans in torturous games--and the rest of humanity ramps up. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) is officially taking her fight to "our world"--or, well, that's certainly how it seems. Given Westworld's obsession with multiple timelines and deliberately befuddling nonlinear storytelling, it's pretty much impossible to tell what is happening and when, especially in something like a trailer. But we still intend to try.
Team GameSpot has combed through every frame of the new trailer for every possible clue, hint, or reference to the past two seasons that may be hidden in the madness. There's a World War 2 game of some sort, Aaron Paul is here now playing a new character named Caleb, and Bernard, Stubbs, and some other hosts who didn't make it to the Sublime are still around and hanging out with Dolores. Oh, and Maeve's still here too, somehow, despite the fact that we thought she entered the Sublime at the end of last season.
And we still don't know who's inside the host body designed to look like Hale.
Don't worry, if you feel like your brain is starting to melt just thinking about this, you're not alone. Let's break down the new trailer and spin up some new theories before Season 3 arrives on March 18.
1. Knitting an eyeball
The trailer's opening shot of a synthetic eyeball being stitched together is a great reminder of the show's themes of humanity and identity, not to mention the body horror that occasionally plays a part. It's pretty, but also disturbing. Notably, although the eyeball close-up leads directly into a shot of Dolores shortly after waking up in the real world, actress Evan Rachel Wood's eyes are blue, not brown--so this isn't her eye we're looking at.
2. "I was born into this world"
It's unclear when this scene takes place. At the end of Season 2, Dolores spoke with Bernard after finding a host "printer" in the real world. Hale and Dolores were both present, and it was unclear who was in Hale's body. This trailer's opening scene may be showing Dolores waking up in her new/old body before that conversation with Bernard at the end of Season 2, which makes Caleb's presence particularly intriguing.
Caleb is the new character played by Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul. "You'll see very early on that Caleb has a complicated past. He's a little bit white hat, he's a little bit black hat," Paul said about the character during San Diego Comic Con last year. "He's just trying to survive in the world and sometimes he has to do bad things."
3. Returning to the church
Our first shot of Bernard features him in a very familiar place--the white church from Escalante in ruins. It's likely that this scene is in the past, considering Bernard's post-resurrection status outside of the park.
4. Is that you, Maeve?
This shot of someone--possibly Maeve?--walking through what looks like part of the park's Mesa Hub is intriguing. She seems disoriented, like perhaps she's just woken up, but beyond that there isn't much to glean.
5. Hale talking to Dolores
This shot appears to show Tessa Thompson's character, Hale, talking to possibly Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), with tears in her eyes. Recall that, at the end of Season 2, Dolores had killed the real Hale and taken her place in a copy of her body, then created a new Dolores body for herself outside the park. At the end of Season 2, we no longer knew who was inhabiting the host version of Hale's body.
6. Putting some skin on
This is one of the few shots of the trailer that occurs in obvious sequence with something else. Dolores is putting her skin on after that moment with Caleb at the very beginning. Of course, this doesn't tell us anything about when, where, or why this is happening in the context of the show--but, hey, at least it's some continuity.
7. George the robot
Caleb has a robot pal named George, which Aaron Paul spoke about at San Diego Comic-Con last year. "I have a robot. His name is George. He's a very helpful robot and I love him. He's red." Thanks, Aaron.
8. "They put you in a cage and decided what your life would be"
Dolores's dialogue here seems to imply that Caleb may not be entirely human. This would jive with some of the winking-and-nudging that went on during the HBO panel at SDCC, where Aaron Paul described his character as a "construction worker" with heavy air quotes. Perhaps he's a new kind of host, or maybe some other kind of synthetic life?
9. "You've been watching me?" "Not me, but someone--something has"
Ominously, Dolores seems to know a lot about Caleb and when he asks her how, she says that something has been watching him. Not someone, something.
The "something" line is cut pointedly over a shot of what looks like some sort of super computer--or maybe just an extremely fancy light fixture. It's giving us some real GLaDOS vibes.
11. "Who is it we're going after?"
Caleb has some sort of squad supporting him, and they look like they stepped right out of Ghost In The Shell, which is pretty appropriate all things considered.
12. "The person who took your future."
Dolores tells Caleb that they're going after "the person who took your future" while we see a shot of a man (played by Vincent Cassel) standing in what looks like a luxurious private jet. It seems like we're supposed to believe that he's the man who took Caleb's future, which makes the next moment extremely interesting.
13. Maeve gets a mission
We may not know who Vincent Cassel is playing, but we do learn that he's got a mission for Maeve. What brings them together and what his possible vendetta against Dolores is, however, is still a mystery.
14. Sweet Child O' Mine
Westworld sure does love a good piano cover. Here we get Guns 'n' Roses' Sweet Child O' Mine. Pretty pointed as we're seeing the hosts, which could be considered humanity's children, gearing up to kill their creators.
15. "Welcome to the end of the game"
We don't really know what's going on with the Man in Black (AKA William) here, but it seems likely that he's a host and Dolores is delighting in, uh, torturing him maybe? "Welcome to the end of the game" certainly sounds like a threat, even though finding the end of the game was his central goal through Season 1.
16. The second World War
Even the earliest Season 3 trailer featured scenes of what looks like a World War 2 version of the park, and we see one here as well--but without context, it's impossible to tell if it's real or some sort of simulation like the Sublime. Hector, a familiar host, is definitely there, though--and is that Maeve with him?
17. Futuristic car chase
Westworld has never been short on action but this feels dramatically different from what we've seen in Season 1 and 2.
18. We count five
Someone is creating a host as Hale (or, importantly, whoever it is in the host body that looks like Hale) explains the stakes: There are five of them--likely the five hosts that Dolores smuggled out of the park and that were not uploaded into the Sublime. Whoever the five are, they're up against "an entire world of them," as Host Hale says.
19. Farm Bernard
Bernard apparently took up farming? Or maybe one of his past incarnations was programmed to be a farmer? We're not sure why.
20. Take me to the riot
Of course a world with technology advanced enough to make hosts would also have super cool Alien-flavored mechs. The one being presented to Hale here is labeled "riot control." It looks like an ED-209 robot from RoboCop.
21. "To save the f***ing world"
The voiceover here is a bit tricky--the shot is of a bloodied William inside a ruined mansion, saying he's going to "save the f***ing world," but the scene actually starts with another voice: Akecheta, the Ghost Nation host, saying that he finally knows his purpose. What could it be? As far as William is concerned, though, this moment seems to suggest he'll be working against the hosts on behalf of humanity.
22. It's just a flesh wound
It seems like Dolores's gambit doesn't go completely according to plan. It even costs her an arm at some point. This moment is an interesting contrast to the trailer's earlier shot of her pulling on her forearm skin.
23. Who is shooting at her?
These action sequences are pretty intense--who is that with the submachine gun? Maybe Stubbs? It's difficult to tell.
24. Bernard and Stubbs have a plan
Dolores resurrected Bernard at the end of Season 2 despite suspecting that he won't be her ally. That may have changed since then, though, because Bernard and Stubbs seem to be in on the plan.
25. This is why you should learn CPR
Something horrible apparently happened on the beach. We're not completely sure who these two characters are, but it looks like Caleb and possibly Lawrence (Clifton Collins Jr.). We haven't seen Lawrence since he was killed back in Season 2, but given his status as a host, that doesn't mean much.
26. Car explosions galore
In keeping with the wild action in the rest of the trailer, we see a full-on car explosion here that looks straight out of a movie like The Dark Knight.
27. No lifeguard on duty
There's someone dead in a pool here, but the camera is too far away for us to see who it is.
28. Dolores's old fashioned way
In a conversation with Caleb, Dolores makes a pretty dark joke: Things either go according to plan, or she can do things the old fashioned way--murdering everyone. Given the tone of the trailer, we're guessing it's going to end up being the old fashioned way.
29. Getting the band back together
Dolores is leading a full-on death squad in this scene, including Caleb (Aaron Paul's character) and someone who might be Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth). The sign in the corner, with references to the Bonaventure Hotel and Figueroa St., reveals that they're in Los Angeles.
30. "You're not the only predator here"
It's unclear who Hale is talking to in this close-up. Recall, however, that we don't actually know who's inhabiting this body--unless this is a flashback, it's likely one of the unidentified hosts who Dolores smuggled out of the park at the end of Season 2.
31. Open wide
This shot of old William--the Man in Black--doesn't reveal much, but it's interesting to think about whether this is the "present day" version of the character, or the host version far in the future who we met in the final scene of Season 2.
32. "The old gods are coming"
The graffiti on the wall here suggests that there may be a protest movement against Delos for creating the hosts. One tag reads "code this!" while the large symbol in red represents the maze.
33. Maeve vs. Dolores
At the end of Season 2, Maeve was killed moments before being able to join her daughter in Robot Heaven--but there was a very pointed suggestion that her body would be recovered by Delos technicians Felix and Sylvester, which would obviously mean resurrection. In Season 3, someone appears to recreated her in some capacity and set her against Dolores. Actress Thandie Newton is looking extremely badass here with her samurai sword.
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