This past Sunday, HBO released the official trailer for the sophomore season of their incredibly popular sci-fi series Westworld. A short TV spot aired during Super Bowl LII, with a longer trailer released online. Soon enough, the viral marketing for the Jonah Nolan/Lisa Joy series took flight and we’re already seeing more teases.
A user on Reddit discovered a well-hidden link for a website called Delos Destinations. Just past the 30-second mark of the the HBO trailer, white bars flash in the upper-right hand part of the screen. Askin1 deciphered the binary code, and confirmed those bars “decode to 184.108.40.206.” The site lauds “the luxury resort, redefined” and reveals a slideshow depicting six parks that exist or are currently in development, with the site inviting readers to “visit the parks,” which goes to a page with six different park ad screens (with labels like “Park 3,” “Park 4,” etc). This matches a major hint given at the end of season one, when Maeve (played by Thandie Newton) is given a location for her in-world daughter, located in “Park 1, Sector 15, Zone 3.”
Westworld is the only one properly identified by name but a second park comes paired with a glitchy, almost fragmented video revealing mountains and fog. Considering the other parks are labeled as “authorized personnel only,” with “reservations closed to the public,” It’s possible that only Westworld and Samurai World are in active use.
Jonathan Nolan spoke to EW about whether we’d see Samurai World this season, saying: “I would say the conception of the show from the beginning is we would slowly but surely learn more about the world and worlds our hosts inhabit. There’s a lot more story to tell in Westworld but that doesn’t mean we will only be in Westworld.” In Michael Crichton’s original Westworld feature film upon which the show is based, there was a Medieval World and Roman World in addition to Westworld.
The site also gives us a better look at a brand-new character, Delos founder James Delos, played by Scottish actor Peter Mullan (who was a regular in Netflix’s Ozark and was nominated for an Emmy for his role in Sundance’s Top of the Lake). That can be found on the third page, titled “investors,” which reveals the identity of a new character. The page reveals: “Decades ago, a man had an idea as old as human ambition itself, that the only limit to progress is imagination. The ability to see a better world. Delos Inc. was formed from that goal and nothing else because James had nothing else. He used to joke that where he grew up, having dreams was like fighting gravity. But he never lost faith that his dream could take off, and now Delos is more than a name. It’s a legacy.”
Westworld returns to HBO starting April 22.