Westworld Season 2: Samuraiworld Is Really Called Shogunworld

In the Season 1 finale of the HBO series, Westworld teased a feudal Japan-themed world. The initials for that world were SW, and because we’re dumb Americans, we pretty much assumed it would be called Samuraiworld.

Thanks to a new report from EW, we now know that isn’t the case. According to the outlet, in the Season 1 finale script, the land was called “SHOGUNWORLD,” more likely to be written as either Shogunworld or ShogunWorld. I’d go with the former, simply because of how Westworld is written.

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While samurai is a term much more recognized by the general public, thanks to books, movies, and video games, shogun is one that makes a lot more sense in this world. For those who don’t know, shogun are basically the equivalent of a general in feudal Japan, though back during the feudal era, he was the one with the real power, even when there was an emperor (because, you know, the military).

Obviously, it makes no real difference what the world itself is called, but I think there is an extra bit of elegance in Shogunworld over Samuraiworld. But will we actually get to see it? My money is on yes. In addition to the tease at the end of Season 1, in a video found on the viral site for Season 2, there’s a shot of what could very well be Japanese landscape, with the familiar “SW” initials.

Are you looking forward to seeing the show delve into other worlds, or do you think it would make more sense to stick to Westworld? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.

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