Ever since Westworld fans first glimpsed the Season 2 reveal that showed a faceless white monstrosity creeping up on an unsuspecting Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright), the question all over the internet since it aired during the Super Bowl has been ... what is that thing?
Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have finally revealed more about whatever this robot-specter-looking figure is to Entertainment Weekly. They tease that it isn’t just a monster lurking in the park’s present, but also a phantom of a shady past.
That sinewy ghost-white robot is actually a drone host—and not the only one. As Bernard continues his mission from Season 1 to unearth secrets that were buried with the park’s past, he realizes that he keeps bringing more and more unnerving facts about the park and its secretive corporate owners to the surface. There were obviously things Delos never wanted him to find out. Enter the drone hosts.
Warning: you have now entered a spoiler zone.
“The drone hosts relate to the corporation’s secret project which is hidden in plain sight in this park,” Nolan told EW. “As we talked about in the pilot, the park is one thing for the guests, and it’s another thing for its shareholders and management—something completely different. We’ve used the Google analogy—for consumers, it’s for search and email, yet for the company, it’s for advertising. There is an agenda here that Delos has undertaken for a very long time. As Bernard is making his way through the wreckage of the fallout from the first season, he’s discovering things about the park that even he doesn’t know and coming upon creatures like the drone host.”
Creatures. There are two implications here that are bound to keep you up at night. First, does this mean the drone hosts might actually be some sort of deranged life-form and not just a droid that happens to look terrifyingly human? Could they possibly be cyborgs, mashups of man and machine out for revenge against their creators?
Then there’s the looming threat of Nolan referring to multiple creatures instead of just one. He may be referencing more than one drone host, which is enough nightmare fodder (see how violent they can get in the video above), but could there be other, even more sinister things hiding in the shadows? It might not just have been certain characters we took for dead who survived.
Season 2 of Westworld rides back on April 22.
(via Entertainment Weekly)