Westworld’s Season 2 Premiere satisfied my curiosities regarding every major storyline except one: what happened to the samurai? Last season ended in a riotous rebellion of robot revenge, during which, a few of our dysfunctional droids (or finally functional depending on whose side you are on) pass by some synthetic samurai warriors.
I like to imagine that they will wait a few episodes to allow us to forget about this subtle yet major implication from the season one finale, then, right when we think our favorite automatons are cornered and facing extinction, a wave of samurai swoop in to save the day, storming the human subjugators in a flurry of arrows and katanas.
My disappointment in this particular development aside, the premiere set up some very interesting storylines. And considering the complexity of the primary host’s “path-to-consciousness” storylines — Delores, Maive, Teddy — I found the “Man in Black’s” new quest to be refreshing in its absence of ornamentation. Simply put, he is finally playing the game he loves, the game he has spent the last 30 years becoming the best at, for keeps.
What did you think? Were you satisfied? Which developments did you find most compelling? How do you think the samurai will come back into play?