It looks like things might be a bit more simplified when Westworld season 3 debuts on HBO. Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy recently sat down for a brief interview and discussed what fans can expect with the upcoming new season. After the events of season 2, anything can happen with the show and the first trailer for season 3 was full of mystery. In fact, when the trailer initially dropped, nobody even knew what it was for, until Evan Rachel Wood's Dolores made an appearance.

"This is season is a little less of a guessing game and more of an experience with the hosts finally getting to meet their makers," says Jonathan Nolan. This should come as a relief for those of us who had a hard time following Westworld season 2. The second season received praise from fans and critics, but it was a bit on the confusing side. Things are going to change in a major way since Dolores has now left the park.

Westworld season 3 sounds like it could be a completely new show by the way Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan talk about it. The hit HBO show has been anything but predictable since it first premiered and hooked millions of fans. Part of the allure of the show is to keep everybody guessing, which will continue to happen. Nolan had this to say.

"I love shows that find a groove and hang with it for 100 episodes - that was never this show. We always wanted every season to find our characters in radically different circumstances. And with a cast this talented, watching the metamorphosis of all these characters is one of the most fun parts."

Aaron Paul's mysterious character has had some more details revealed by Jonathan Nolan. "Aaron's character will challenge Dolores' notions about the nature of humanity," Nolan says. "He's the type of person who doesn't get to go to Westworld." What that means can be open to interpretation, but it looks like Paul is going to have a major part in Westworld season 3. Paul's character is a construction worker from Los Angeles named Caleb.

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Evan Rachel Wood's Dolores is going through a bit of a "culture shock" when Westworld season 3 begins. The new season will take place directly after the events of the second season, according to Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan. Additionally, the story will have a more linear feel and there is no time jump. Joy explains.

"Part of the story plays out in the Western United States, and that's a thematic through-line in the show - the American West as a setting and an ethos. The idea of the West as a wild place, where just over the next hill or horizon there are no rules. On that thematic level, Dolores emerges to figure out what happened to the real West. And the answer is: We paved the thing over, and civilization eventually caught up with all those people who were running away from it."

More information about Westworld season 3 will be revealed at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend. Fans of the hit HBO show are hoping for a new trailer and it seems logical that the network will deliver the goods, along with other information. The interview with Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan was originally conducted by Entertainment Weekly.

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