Suffice it to say, there were plenty of talking points coming out of Westworld‘s Super Bowl LI showcase – the money shots of a Host revolution, Ramin Djawadi’s haunting rendition of “Runaway,” and that damned white robot.
In case you missed that first teaser, let me be crystal-clear: about half-way through HBO’s inspired promo, Westworld science chief Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) came into contact with a lurking white…thing. It’s the stuff of nightmares, really, and it’s pale anatomy closely resembles that of a Host who is yet to receive its skin. And then there’s the faceless head, which closes in on Bernard with frightening speed. Like we said, creepy.
Thankfully, Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan was on-hand to provide some new intel to Entertainment Weekly about the new ‘bot, which is known as a “drone host.”
The drone hosts relate to the corporation’s secret project which is hidden in plain sight in this park. As we talked about in the pilot, the park is one thing for the guests, and it’s another thing for its shareholders and management — something completely different. We’ve used the Google analogy — for consumers, it’s for search and email, yet for the company, it’s for advertising.
And you know what’s even more terrifying than one drone host? Two…or more, as further in the interview, Nolan alluded to multiple “creatures” lurking within the bowels of Westworld. This is a park with many secrets, it seems, and Bernard is about to stumble upon one or two shocking revelations in two months’ time.
There is an agenda here that Delos has undertaken for a very long time. As Bernard is making his way through the wreckage of the fallout from the first season, he’s discovering things about the park that even he doesn’t know and coming upon creatures like the drone host.
Season 2 of Westworld boots online on April 22nd, and it’ll herald a bloodbath the likes of which Delos has never seen.