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SXSW: Westworld panel teases inclusion of Shogun World in Season 2

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Mar 10, 2018

Deadpool's katanas just felt a shiver of pleasure and have no idea why, but we do. Shogun (aka Samurai) World will be a part of Westworld's second season on HBO, which was confirmed during a panel at SXSW.

According to a report from Deadline, a scene and new trailer from Season 2 were shown during the panel, with the latter being set to Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" and offering a look at the robotic samurai glimpsed at the end of last season. Along with the katana-wielding warriors, Thandie Newton's Maeve can be seen putting on a kimono, a traditional Japanese garment. Will she be joining the battle against humanity as a feudal Japanese fighter? Only time will tell, but admit it, that sounds SO AWESOME!

“We don’t know what’s happening!” Newton said during the panel. “Just when you think you’re comfortable, you have to be destroyed and start again.”

Other cast members like Evan Rachel Wood admitted that they're going to be just as surprised as fans when the season does arrive, due to the secrecy the network imposes on all the cast and crew during production. 

“It’s like onion, you keep peeling back the layers — you’re gonna see a lot of that in Season 2," she said.

“The first season is about establishing the rules — and then it rips them apart," added Jeffrey Wright, who plays Bernard.

The name of the Shogun World (or ShogunWorld) was revealed earlier this month from the script of the first season's finale. Delos having differently themed parks is nothing new to the Westworld formula, as there were both Medievalworld and Romanworld in the 1973 film (written and directed by Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton) upon which the show is based. 

When someone tried to wheedle more information on this upcoming form of world-building, James Marsden (Teddy Flood) simply replied with “They’ve erased our memories, so we couldn’t tell you.”

Westworld Season 2 airs on April 22 with the episode "Journey Into Night."

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