When Westworld resumes all motor functions for its upcoming second season, a familiar face from its inaugural run will be along for the ride. Jimmi Simpson recently confirmed that he will appear in the sophomore season of the HBO series.
SPOILERS will be contained from this point forward, so if you have not watched WESTWORLD SEASON 1 yet, go and do that, then come back. It's excellent, you'll be glad you did.
Everyone back? Great. Time for mayhem.
The first season of this western/sci-fi drama saw the fruition of a longstanding fan theory that Jimmi Simpson's character William was in fact the same character as Ed Harris' nefarious Man in Black -- and it was all thanks to some creative storytelling with the timelines. When Evan Rachel Wood's Dolores put it together (though most of the audience already had) in the season finale, most of us figured that we had seen the end of Jimmi Simpson's younger version of this character. Today it would appear that such thinking was premature.
The Wrap is reporting that Simpson will indeed be back for Westworld's second season. While sitting on a TCA panel about a different show he's involved in, Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., Simpson revealed the shocker.
“I thought it was already a thing. But now that you’re asking me, I’m gonna shut up,” said Simpson, when asked about his involvement in the show's second season.
Pushed a bit further on the matter, Simpson said, “I mean, yeah, I pop in."
Apparently, Simpson thought that the news had already come out. Though we've known for a little while that his frequent scene partner (and friend/boss/nemesis) Ben Barnes is coming back, this is the first official confirmation for Simpson. It makes sense, though ... if we're going to return to the Barnes/Simpson timeline, it should contain both Simpson and Barnes.
What can we expect from his return? We see the moment William's heart is broken by Dolores, but it's a long way from that to the extremely violent ways of Ed Harris' maze-seeking lunatic park legacy guest. What the transition was like (and how William may have tried to resist it) is very much something that Simpson would like to see.
“I wish there was exploration between the time when William’s heart is broken and we see the result. I’ll say that,” Simpson said. “I want to know how much it takes and how hard he tried not to go there. But, I don’t write the story, you know? But that’s for me … Yeah, I love that.”