South by Southwest (SXSW) attendees saw a special trailer for Westworld season 2 during the show's panel. The preview gave a glimpse at the Shogun World teased at the end of season 1.
HBO has yet to release the said trailer, and no footage leaked online since showrunner Jonathan Nolan requested attendees not to record the preview. Media representatives who were at the SXSW gave a rundown of the scenes shown in the trailer instead.
The anticipated reveal of the Shogun World came at the end of the preview. Two samurai armies fight each other, with one army led by new cast member Hiroyuki Sanada (The Last Samurai). As the katana-wielding warriors continue to battle, the camera pans away to show Maeve (Thandie Newton) looking calm as ever as she puts on a kimono, the traditional Japanese garment.
Fans questioned whether Maeve will join the battle against humanity as one of the Japanese warriors in Westworld season 2. However, Newton refused to reveal any details about the plot during the panel.
"We don't know what's happening! Just when you think you're comfortable, you have to be destroyed and start again," Newton said.
The inclusion of the Shogun World in Westworld season 2 was revealed earlier this month from the season finale's script. However, the cast remained tight-lipped when asked for more details about the world at the panel.
"They've erased our memories, so we couldn't tell you," James Marsden (Teddy) simply replied.
The preview also shows Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Teddy with three human prisoners. A couple of them are already perched on tombstones with nooses around their neck. Meanwhile, Dolores talks to the third man about him being in her dream as she asks the others if they have ever questioned their reality, if they have ever asked themselves the price they have to pay if there is a reckoning. She then places a noose around the third man's neck and says, "That reckoning is here."
Dolores then starts talking about her own consciousness or her identities. She mentions being a rancher's daughter who only wants to see the beauty in the people she is about to kill. However, the other part of her only wants to see the disarray and ugliness.
The trailer also previews the chaos that ensues following the events in season 1. Dead bodies are scattered everywhere around the park. Armed men in uniform, including Tessa Thompson's character, arrive at the park with guns drawn, and William (Jimmi Simpson) is seen walking toward Dolores.
Westworld season 2 airs on April 22 with "Journey Into the Night."