Remember when Westworld season three ended and most fans of the series (including io9) kind of shrugged a big “huh” and moved on to the rest of the hellscape that was 2020? The series hopes to make up for underwhelming you with its fourth season—arriving next month, with a first trailer here today.
Set to the melancholy strains of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day,” it starts on that Western landscape we knew so well during seasons one and two—though, yes, that sleek, ultra-modern cityscape from season three also gets its due. And if the hints in this trailer are to be believed, might that city be a new Delos Destination in the making?
That trailer doesn’t give us much in the way of plot. But it does give us a crash course in who’ll be returning for more: Thandiwe Newton’s Maeve and Aaron Paul’s Caleb, and it looks like they’ll team up this season. Plus, Luke Hemsworth’s Stubbs; Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard; Tessa Thompson’s Charlotte Hale; Angela Sarafyan’s Clementine; Ed Harris’ William—who is apparently very much back in Man in Black mode; and (surprise! Not really... you knew they’d find a way to bring her back) Evan Rachel Wood’s Dolores. Also, what have they done with Maeve’s daughter? The callback to season one, episode one with all the flies is a nice (and also completely terrifying) touch.
Of course, it remains to be seen which version of these people—particularly the ones who aren’t actually people—we’ll really be seeing in season four. Never forget Westworld adores confusing the viewer with flashbacks. Remember season two? If not, now’s a great time to do a rewatch, because Westworld season four hits HBO on June 26.
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