HBO Drops Intel On Westworld’s Shogun World, A Land Of “Highest Beauty And Darkest Horror”


“Did you ever stop to wonder about your actions? The price you would have to pay if there was a reckoning…that reckoning is here.”

Suffice it to say, viewers were left mulling over a multitude of questions in the aftermath of Westworld‘s latest trailer, one which was set against a particularly haunting rendition of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” – you can thank composer Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones) for that one.

Chief among them was the shot of Thandie Newton’s Maeve moseying her way through the fabled Shogun World, a Japanese-themed simulation that presumably exists independent from Westworld and the sun-kissed town of Sweetwater. That second park has largely been shrouded in mystery ever since, though Entertainment Weekly has today uncovered some new intel relating to SW, a landscape of “highest beauty and darkest horror.”

Because make no mistake, DELOS’ uncharted Shogun World appears to feature all of the violent delights that Westworld is famous for, only with an added touch of Eastern culture.

For those for whom Westworld is not enough, the true connoisseur of gore can indulge their fantasies with the slash of a katana. Modeled after Japan’s Edo period, Shogun World offers a chance for guests to embrace their inner warrior, in a landscape of highest beauty and darkest horror. Let your true self take shape in the land where self-discovery is an art form.

Adding to the park’s heritage is Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim), who signed on to play a geisha of the Shogun World. Further details on her character weren’t disclosed, but given Westworld’s hosts are now in the midst of a full-scale uprising, there’s really no telling what series showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan have up their collective sleeve.

Westworld 2.0 boots online April 22nd.

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