“At the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, waits a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence.”

Directors: TBD (according to IMDB)
Writers: Lisa Joy, William Bromwell, matt Pitts, Christina Harn, Kevin Lau, Suzanna Wrubel, Wes Humphrey, Jordan Goldberg, Alli Rock, Desa Larkin-Boutte, Denise Thé, Allison Schapker, Jonathan Nolan
Staring: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton, Jeffery Wright, Tessa Thompson, Aaron Paul, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth, Aurora Perrineau, Ariana DeBose, Ed Harris
Release Date: June 26, 2022

Do we remember the times when we were excited for West World? The first season of the show was genuinely jaw dropping and had one of the best season finale episode of all-time. The excitement for season two was off the charts, and then it was just terrible. Season three tried to bring people back by taking them out of the park, and that came with major mixed results. The season finale of season three was so very anti-climatic.

So now we have season four. What the hell are we to expect from it? First I need to try and recollect what happened in season three. I am confident in my own knowledge (or lack there of), so i will be doing a deep-dive of YouTube recaps to try and remember everything that happened.

The trailer begins with music that fits the vibe of the show. It is a colorful and somewhat light feeling, but underneath (the visuals) there is a lot of loneliness, dread and longing. The first visuals we get are are Maeve Millay (Thandiwe Newton) and Caleb Nichols (Aaron Paul) being lonely in different settings; Maeve is in a dry desert and Caleb is on top of a skyscraper.

At the 25 second mark we get the first interesting tidbit. We see Ed Harris is back as the Man in Black, and Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) sees him. He isn’t happy to see him based off of the shock that is visibly on his face.

Very interesting editing choices around the 30 second mark of the trailer. We have a beautiful shot of the sun peaking through the clouds. A very heavenly shot, right? Then we have an overhead POV shot as if we are in the clouds looking down at the pawns of the society walking around blissfully. That is followed up by a worm angle shot of Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and then her glaring at basic humans walking to the subway. This is how you portray a character as a God.

As we progress through the trailer, we get tons of cryptic hints. We have some vinyl being played and then Caleb and Maeve seeing a cryptic message of “Welcome”. We have the Man In Black wounded leaning up against a column. Is he going to die again? Probably, if we are being honest. Also there is Bernard (Jeffery Wright) looking at what is either an AI version of Eden, or he is hallucinating it. We should note that the tree of Gondor Bernand is looking at burns up into flames. Hard not to think about Lord Of The Rings with the visage.

The trailer reminds us that Tessa Thompson is star and she is back as Charlotte Hale. Or is she Charlotte? Wasn’t there a bit of an identity crisis? Also Clementine (Angela Sarafyan) is back wreaking havoc torturing someone.

There are moments of Bernard going through the headquarters of West World, followed by a hologram of a city…are we getting hints of the looking at the old while the big-wigs are planning for the new Westworld? Then there is the Da Vinci Model of Man (which makes an appearance every season), and followed by Dolores being under water. These are two contrasting ideas of birth; we have the making of the robots and sentient AI beings, verses the religious version of being baptized and being born into the glory and light of God.

That is why I like the show. I don’t know if I am right, but I love analyzing this.

Aaron Paul’s wonderfully messy hair is in trouble at the 90 second mark. The Man in Black is following Charlotte and then there is a moment of a Tommy Gun? That is odd. That is a throwback. That is an area of Westworld that would have been really cool. A world of the mob like the Shogun world. Is this a tease of that?

What the hell is this?

The one last interesting tid-bit from the trailer is the ending shot below:

The structure of this building has the DNA strands that play in the title reveal and are a constant visual motif throughout the show.

Westworld begins much sooner than we think Came June 26, 2022, the world of West World fans will return to the Reddit forums to try and understand this show and its overarching meaning (which seems to chance far too often).

I think it says something about myself that I am more willing to watch season four of Westworld and be confused, than to watch some Star Wars content where I know I will be entertained, but I will not be fulfilled or challenged. I am changing. I am evolving. I am becoming the AI.

I plan on writing stream on consciousness blogs when I am watching Westworld. Odds are it is just going to be a lot of questions, but I am excited to ask them.


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