After delivering a whopping 93-minute-long finale, Westworld has officially wrapped its first season with 12 million viewers in the bank. Creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy anticipate it will take a full year to make Season 2 (they're currently writing, will spend 2017 in production, and Season 2 will air sometime in 2018), which gives us a lot of time to unpack its potential mysteries. The finale gave us plenty to speculate over, but here are more Westworld Season 2 theories to obsess over until its return.
Nolan and Joy provided us with ample spoilers for what to look out for in an interview on the Vulture TV Podcast, which aired the morning after the finale. They revealed that they intended for the audience to sympathize with the hosts, using camera work that framed scenes from their point of view. Nolan pointed out that the moment Maeve steps off the train at the end of the finale, shooting switched from Steadicam to a handheld camera, intended to indicate that she was stepping off of Dr. Ford's escape programming loop and finally becoming truly autonomous. They also confirmed that at least one character would show us life outside of Westworld, but considering we learned about the potential existence of multiple parks in the Season 1 finale, we may not be seeing the outside world just yet. This brings us to the first theory.