It’s been two years since HBO Season 3 Westworld concluded and fans were eagerly awaiting new stories. Co-creator Lisa Joy made a special appearance at the ATX Festival on Saturday night alongside writer Alison Schapker and stars Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Hemsworth, Angela Sarafyan and Aurora Perrineau.
Joy has confirmed that Wood’s character, Dolores, is dead as revealed in the Season 3 finale, and the actress will play someone new when the show premieres on June 26. Her name is Christina and she comes from a city that looks like New York. She lives there with her roommate played by Ariana DeBose who may or may not have a crush on Christina.
“Dolores is dead. But I really like Evan and she’s also a bit clingy so I had to bring her back. We’re writing a whole new character for her,” Joy said.
Wood added, “She’s a normal woman who lives in a big city and is just trying to make it as a writer. Nothing ever happens to him, really. I guess that’s all I can say…I was told that Dolores met her rather tragic end in Season 3, so I had a few conversations with [co-creator] jonathan [Nolan] and Lisa at the time about what it meant. They said, ‘Yeah, you’ll be back this season and you’ll look a lot like Evan Rachel Wood but I’m not me.’
One thing for sure is that Christina will be dating and going on a date with a man who looks like James Marsden, who will return for Season 4. The Austin-based actor, who played Teddy in seasons 1 and 2 of Westworldsurprised the audience halfway through the panel.
“Sometimes you have to leave to come back,” Marsden said. “We learn to speak in a cryptic way in this show. It’s been 7 years of our show and yeah, it’s an amazing thing to be a part of it and see where the story is going. From the start, I had no idea where this was all going to lead, but I’m glad to see it now.
As for Wright’s whereabouts when the series finally returns, the actor was equally mysterious with his answer.
“Everything is a rabbit hole in a rabbit hole and Bernard becomes Alice again,” he shared. “At the end of the day, I think for the audience and for me, and for him – which is like the meta side of our show – it’s a mystery where he is and where he’s going. What if he emerges , where would he be when he did this. A lot of unknowns and a lot of dust and mystery. That’s it. Pretty much my life.
Audiences at the historic Paramount Theater watched an exclusive extended clip that showed the power duo, Bernard and Stubbs, at a dinner party where they have a run-in with Perrineau’s character, who is part of a mysterious group that Bernard wants to be introduced.
“I had a scene to audition and I didn’t know what it was about. Every time I received a script, it was a surprise to see who I was. It’s definitely a very interesting surprise,” said Perrineau.