SPOILERS AHEAD for the first season of Westworld! You’ve been warned.
It’s cool when different seasons have subtitles instead of simply “Season 2.” Gotham and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have begun attaching titles to seasons or even different titles for the first part of the season and the second after hiatus, in comic book storyline fashion. Atlanta Season 2 is Atlanta: Robbin’ Season. Stranger Things Season 2 is not a season at all, but a sequel, hence the classy simplification to Stranger Things 2.
Sometimes, even when the seasons aren’t named officially for the public, the creative team behind them may have a title that relates to a theme or direction the series is headed.
Such is the case with Westworld, with Westworld Season 2 right around the corner.
Talking to showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, EW learned the top-secret titles for Season 1 and 2 of Westworld. Nolan explained:
“If the first season was a journey inward, this is a journey outward. This is a search for what is else is beyond the park, and what else is in the park. Are there more parks? How big is the park? What’s beyond the park? We think of our seasons as discrete components in the series, to the point where we’ve named our seasons. The first season was called The Maze. The second season is called The Door.”
Joy was taken aback by this reveal:
“I can’t believe he just told you that!”
If you have seen the first season of Westworld, the title The Maze and its meaning is obvious, in retorspect. Not only does the Man in Black spend the season searching for the maze, but its importance in the finale was something special.
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As for The Door, that title seems obvious based on Nolan’s other comments. The door to a bigger world. Of course, I am sure it means more than just that — I’m thinking of the Matrix here, “I can only show you the door, but you must walk through it.” — though I do doubt we will see a character looking for a literal door as the Man in Black thought he was looking for an actual maze. But, doors have already been a theme in Westworld, with Bernard not seeing one at all in the first season because he was a host. Of course, it could also be the door to humanity… yada, yada, yada… let the speculation begin!
What further meaning do you think The Door has? Are you excited for a new season of Westworld? Let us know your thoughts and speculation in the comments below!
Westworld‘s second season, The Door, premieres on HBO on April 22, 2108.
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