Season two of Westworld won’t debut until 2018, but what will happen to some of the characters? Recently, Jimmi Simpson spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his status for the next season of the HBO TV series.
Simpson plays William on the sci-fi drama, which takes place in a futuristic Western theme park where robots begin gaining consciousness. The cast also includes Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton, and Jeffrey Wright.
[SPOILERS AHEAD] In the interview, Simpson revealed he had no idea his character was actually The Man in Black (Ed Harris):
I started thinking about why someone would change my eyebrows, and the only thing I could come up with is that they wanted me to look like someone else. Then, I figured out that based on dialect and face color that the only person it could be is Ed Harris. I was walking with Lisa a couple of hours later and I asked her if that’s the case. And she stopped walking and said, “Don’t say that. I can’t say anything!” Instantly, I knew. And then she kind of let out that there’s a really large arc to the character I’m playing, and that I shouldn’t tell anybody about it. She basically confirmed it, and also kind of articulated to me that we don’t need to talk about it. I took that for granted. I trusted her, and everything she had said thus far had been true. She and Jonah are two of the smartest writers I’ve ever met, so I proceeded along, kind of knowing that, and sharing it with no one.”
He later added that he is contracted for season two but doesn’t know the future of his character:
Well, you know. Nothing’s permanent. I’m not contracted to go back, but I’m sure there’s a possibility. … There are certainly stories they could tell. Based on these writers’ skills, if it was their intention for young William to return, I know that he would be there for solid and interesting reasons. But I think this story is told, the story of William and Dolores’ love affair. I think that story, tragically, has been told.”
What do you think? Do you watch Westworld? Do you want William to return for season two?