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Westworld Season 2: Evan Rachel Wood compares her character to Jekyll and Hyde

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Mar 26, 2018

Westworld Season 2 is fast approaching and we know almost nothing about the second outing of HBO's hit sci-fi show that adapted Michael Crichton's 1973 movie for television. Yes, we know the park's robots have gained sentience and are now rising up against their human creators and handlers, but beyond that, there's no good inkling of the plot, which is a very good thing. Last season was filled with so many twists and turns, that we want to be just as shocked and surprised as we were the first time we got to visit this world.

Creators/showrunners Jonathan Nolan (brother of Christopher Nolan) and Lisa Joy (wife of Jonathan) do a great job of keeping things under wraps, even from the castmembers themselves. When someone was injured on the set in early November, HBO was still incredibly tight-lipped on the identity of the actor. 

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, castmember Evan Rachel Wood gave up a few juicy tidbits about Season 2, particularly about her own character, Dolores Abernathy. Wood, 30, compared Dolores to Jekyll and Hyde in that she has multiple personalities all at once. We saw some of this last season where she was a docile host at one moment and then a murderous machine the next. 

“It was really intense,” she said. “I also thought I was coming back and playing, like, somebody with the soul of a man. Like, Wyatt was a man and I was going to have this — but then they reminded me that Wyatt can also be a girl's name.”

Another piece of information given up by the Across The Universe actress was that Season 2 won't be as linear in its introduction as you might expect. “We're not picking up exactly where we left off ... We're going to pick up in the aftermath a bit, and we're going to see, definitely in the first episode, where Dolores is at with herself, her many selves,” said Wood. 

She went on to comment on the difficulty of the role, due in part to the fact that Nolan and Joy wanted to traverse totally uncharted waters with Dolores this time around

“It's the hardest thing I've ever done," she said. "I spoke to [showrunners] Jonah [Nolan] and Lisa [Joy] before Season 2 started to kinda say, 'OK, so, where is Dolores now? Is there anything I can watch? Are there any references?' Like, 'What tone are you going for?' And Jonah just goes, 'I don't think there's ever been a character like this,' and I go, 'Great! Oh, cool. No pressure! It's never been done.'”

Westworld's second season premieres on HBO April 22 at 9 p.m. ET. In the meantime, you can check out the new and foreboding poster the network released last week.