Westworld Season 2 Has Been Confirmed. Ed Harris Is Back.

This week HBO announced that Westworld has been renewed for Season 2. Once the shooting begins, we’ll have a better idea as to when season 2 will debut. By all accounts, Westworld has been a fantastic hit for HBO, season-to-date, averaging a gross audience of 11.7 million viewers, outperforming “Game of Thrones” and “True Detective” during similar times in their first seasons. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, the drama series Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

Ed Harris as the Man In Black

Images: John P. Johnson HBO

In a recent interview with BBC Radio, Ed Harris, who plays the Man In Black confirmed that he will return in Season 2. Harris is quoted as saying:

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.

Here’s the audio interview via BBC Radio: BBC Radio Interview with Ed Harris

If you look closely at a recent press release from HBO, you will notice that they now place the term ‘first season’ in front of the list of cast members instead of just saying the cast members. This suggests that some season 1 cast members may not return for season 2. Here’s what HBO wrote

The cast for the first season of Westworld includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr.

Beating their own drums, HBO states that Vanity Fair called the show “a rare kind of truly transporting television,” while People hailed it as “ingenious.” TIME said Westworld is “Fall’s most promising drama,” and USA Today praised the “compelling stellar performances.”

Season one credit includes Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, who created Westworld based on the film written by Michael Crichton. The production companies are Kilter Films, Bad Robot Productions and Jerry Weintraub Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Executive producers are Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk.