In amongst all of Jonah Nolan and wife Lisa Joy’s over-thought storytelling and televisual sleight of hand in trying to conceal the show’s central conceit – the multiple timelines (that Redditers worked out approximately nine seconds into the pilot episode) Westworld did contain a few unexpected twists and turns.
One of them was the reveal that the cowboy world wasn’t the only world but that the theme park also contained Samurai World (or, possibly Shogun World)
The reveal came in the finalé as Maeve (Thandie Newton) finally made her escape after an excruciating long and verbose ten episodes of red herrings and not nearly enough action.
And now, in a Hollywood famed for white-washing Asian characters, Hiroyuki Sanada has been drafted in to play Musashi, presumably a Samurai sword-wielding android for season two.
If you recognise the name, the Japanese actor appeared in the final season of Lost as Dogen, Dr. Hiroshi Hatake on Helix and in Japan-based The Wolverine and The Last Samurai.
Sanada’s characters are usually wise-beyond-their-years gurus and his inclusion seems to answer the question as to whether we’ll be seeing more of Samurai World in season two. That said, it also opens another debate as to whether there are more themed worlds like the 1973′ original’s Medieval and Roman worlds.
Personally, I’d like to see Misashi team up with Richard Ayeode to collect crystals in the Aztec and Industrial Zones.
In creating such huge, rich universes, Westworld looks certain to join Game of Thrones schedule of taking a yearly haitus. In other words, don’t expect to see Samurai World before 2018.