Fresh off a critically acclaimed and top-rating first season, “WestworldSeason 2 may be ready to make its return early next year. The hit show, starring Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood, will be premiering earlier than expected in Spring 2018 if a press release from HBO is to be believed.

According to Independent UK, “Westworld” Season 2 is said to be already filming its episodes. While it has not been confirmed yet, there is a possibility that “Westworld” Season 2 will be getting 10 episodes just like the first one, keeping up with recent trends in its home network.

What is known, is that the first episode will be titled “Journey Into Night.”

Season 2 details so far

In fact, a few seconds of footage have already been unveiled during the San Diego Comic-Con last week. Coming Soon reports that a lot of information about the upcoming season was learned during the show’s Comic-Con panel as well. While not a lot of new footage was shown, it still was quite revealing.

Maeve was shown exploring the control room of Westworld while Bernard was looking at a dead tiger. The Man in Black is also seen looking like he is covered in a lot of blood as bodies lie everywhere.

The show’s cast had a big turnout in their panel, with stars Luke Hemsworth, Ed Harris, Ben Barnes, Shannon Woodward and Tessa Thompson attending.

Producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy were also in attendance.

Showrunners on show's success

During the panel interview, the cast and producers reflected on the what-ifs of the show’s production, especially during the time when fellow producer J.J. Abrams was trying to make it into a film instead of a TV series.

That, however, is a been-there-done-that as “Westworld” itself is already an adaptation of a 1973 movie of the same name, which was in itself based on a Michael Crichton book.

Before the success of the first season, it did not even seem like there would be a “Westworld” Season 2. The show notoriously had a tumultuous time in production, getting delayed several times over the course of a few years.

Now, it looks like “Westworld” may be the series that HBO is looking for to replace the cultural juggernaut that is “Game of Thrones.” It delivered the most-watched premiere season in HBO history.

It has also received 22 nominations for the upcoming Emmy Awards including a nod in the coveted Outstanding Drama Series and acting nominations for Hopkins, Wood, Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright. The exact date of the premiere of “Westworld” season 2 will be revealed at a later date.

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