Things aren’t looking too good for the infamous Man in Black in Season 2 of HBO’s Westworld, if the latest poster is any indication.
On Thursday, HBO released a new animated poster for the upcoming season that shows the character’s iconic hat on the barren earth with blood splattered nearby. In case it wasn’t ominous enough, there’s a half-constructed vulture from Westworld park standing right over it. (Remember that these birds scavenge from carcasses.)
Actor Ed Harris is confirmed to reprise his role as the older Man in Black in Season 2, but remember that in the Season 1 finale, he was shot by someone in the Host rebellion uprising. It appeared like a mere flesh wound, but still, things don’t look good for him in Season 2 — or any of the other humans inside the park, for that matter.
The poster comes with the line “Chaos takes control,” which seems like the status quo in the park these days. Robert Ford’s suicidal machinations introduced total chaos into what was once a meticulously detailed amusement park.
This imagery resonates with what we’ve seen so far from Season 2. Early images showed half-finished bulls charging right at some Delos security guards in the underground facility where pieces of Westworld get built. The first trailer confirmed the Host’s open rebellion against their human creators, which included the creepy mechanical bulls just like this vulture..
Lead actress Evan Rachel Wood, who plays the Host Dolores, joined in on the game via Twitter with the following cryptic message:
Aeden is the chatbot for DiscoverWestworld.com, and everyone learned the hard way in Season 1 that free will wasn’t free. Free will was an important theme running throughout Season 1, one that’ll continue as the Hosts rose up in rebellion.
It looks like all this might spell doom for William, aka the Man in Black, during the present day. Could the robo-vulture be pecking at his corpse? Or did it just steal his hat?
Or maybe we’ll just see who William becomes in Season 2 when he’s literally stripped of his identity as a Black Hat?
Westworld Season 2 premieres on HBO April 22.
Check out the full-length trailer for Season 2 right here: