Ed Harris Is Back for Westworld Season Two, Which Raises Lots of Questions

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Speaking on BBC Radio, Westworld star Ed Harris confirmed he’ll be back for the HBO hit’s recently announced season two.

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“Yeah, you know, as a matter of fact, I was just talking to Jonah Nolan last night, who’s a creator of this thing with his wife Lisa Joy, and yeah, they’re doing another season,” Harris said. “They’re going to do 10 more episodes, and I will be involved.”

Harris is obviously one of the stars of the show, so him coming back shouldn’t be a big deal. But, in the case of Westworld, it kind of is.

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He plays a character referred to as the Man in Black, a user in this elaborate play world, one with immense power and influence. We know he’s a man of some fame in the real world and, as popular theories surmise, we’re actually seeing the character in two timeframes, played by two actors (Harris and Jimmi Simpson, though that’s not confirmed.)

If he’s back for season two, does that mean the character reaches the maze? Does he complete the maze? Is he destined for other things? We really don’t know, but it’s a nice piece of a puzzle we’re really enjoying.

[BBC Radio via /Film]

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I don’t understand why people think there are multiple time periods. We see the Man in Black interact with Dolores’ original father, the same one that glitches out. Then we see her new father (the one with the mustache) get murdered and Dolores runs away from home to meet up with William (Jimmi Simpson). William and Dolores story has to take place either at the same time, or after the Man in Black’s. And the reason Teddy isn’t around to die on the night that Dolores runs is because he is off chasing after Wyatt. We see the sheriff/deputy report back in town about the ambush that got Teddy just before Dolores returns home to find her mustached father dead.

So, William and Dolores’ story is happening at the same time as the Man in Black’s, which is at the same time as Ford’s since we see them talk. Maeve sees Clementine being shut down, and we saw Clementine interact with Teddy the night the Man in Black murdered him, and with William the day before Delores runs away. Therefore all of Maeve’s story is happening at the same time as Ford’s and Delores’ and William’s.

I can’t think of anyone who could be in a significantly different time frame from the rest of the stories. Things may be spread out over the course of a few weeks or months maybe, but no more than that.