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‘Westworld’ Co-Showrunner Lisa Joy Tells Us About Heading Into the ‘Real World’ in Season 3

”Next season will really be an exploration of what they find and who they become,“ Joy says

(The mother of all spoiler alerts: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen the “Westworld” Season 2 finale, “The Passenger,” which aired Sunday.)

“Westworld” is no longer set in Westworld. At least not completely.

At the end of the Season 2 finale, “The Passenger,” three of the Hosts officially entered the real world in our central timeline: Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) — thanks to Dolores’ decision to bring him back — and whoever the heck is inside the Charlotte Hale-shaped one (played by Tessa Thompson) that Dolores inhabited before she rebuilt herself.

And co-creator Lisa Joy tells TheWrap that trio are going to be outside the park for the foreseeable future. Yes, that means you’ll be getting a taste of whatever not-so-distant-future the HBO sci-fi series is set in during Season 3.

Here is what Joy told us about the third installment of her and Jonathan Nolan’s drama, which doesn’t have a premiere date yet.

TheWrap: OK, is it safe to assume that going forward in the next season we’ll be in the real world more?

Joy: Absolutely. It was always the plan to explore the real world and we have Dolores there, Bernard’s there and a creature that is certainly inhabiting Hale’s body is there [laughs]. So we’ll come to know more of who “Hale” is. There are three Hosts out in the world and next season will really be an exploration of what they find and who they become.

TheWrap: So then there has to be someone in Hale who isn’t Dolores at the end there, cause Dolores is now back in Dolores — right?

Joy: Yes, that’s one of the things we’ll explore next season.

You can read our full interview with Joy about the Season 2 finale here.

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