HBO Adds a Robot Samurai to the Cast of 'Westworld' Season Two

Friday, 15 September 2017 - 7:48PM
Friday, 15 September 2017 - 7:48PM
HBO Adds a Robot Samurai to the Cast of 'Westworld' Season Two
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One of the most tantalizing things about the Westworld season finale was the promise that maybe, if we're very lucky, we'll see cowboy hosts teaming up with samurai hosts, as the show potentially visits other parks within the complex chain of immersive theme parks that make up the story's setting.

It's looking increasingly like Westworld's season two is going in the right direction, as a new casting announcement today makes it clear that at least one robot samurai will make an appearance when the show returns. Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, Dogen on Lost) has officially signed up to appear in several episodes of the show's next season.

Sanada's character is named Musashi, and while it's not yet been confirmed, it looks a lot like he'll be playing a robot who exists in Westworld's thus far unnamed Feudal Japan-themed tourist attraction.

It's entirely possible that we might not actually get to see this park, labelled as "SW" in the show (let's assume that this means SamuraiWorld) - Musashi could simply turn up either in Westworld, as the lines between parks begin to fray, or outside of the fantasy worlds altogether, as robots continue their revolution and attempt to escape from their themed prisons.

This would feel like something of a let down, though, as the tantalizing hints from the first season of the show that tease the existence of other worlds are among the most memorable moments from the show. If Westworld season two is to build upon the show's initial run of episodes in a meaningful way, it makes sense to expand the mythos of the story by revealing some of the many other theme parks, and their robot inhabitants.

You can get an early look at Musashi below, as Funko is already making toys of the character:

Considering the time-hopping complexity of the show's first season, it's worth assuming that, whatever happens, the narrative in season two won't be straightforward. As with HBO's other big tentpole series, Westworld is designed around subverting audience expectations in a meaningful way.
Thus, while the second season of Westworld may begin with a story about the robots rising up against their human owners, it's likely that there'll be some twists and turns along the way, as the show tries to top the mindbending finale of the first season.

Whatever happens, though, here's hoping we do actually get to see SamuraiWorld in all its cherry blossom-strewn glory. This show, more than any other on television at the moment (save perhaps Doctor Who) has the potential to feel like a mashup in a children's toybox, with robot cowboys, samurai, monsters, and aliens all teaming up to fight against their oppressive creators.

Hiroyuki Sanada's new character suggests that Westworld is going to go big. Let's all hope that the show can deliver on its exciting premise to give us a beautifully eclectic collection of robot characters as the plot continues to thicken.
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