First, in its initial fourth-season sneak peek back in May, Westworld called upon Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day’. Now, dropping the full trailer for the dystopian drama’s next batch of episodes, it enlists Nine Inch Nails’ ‘The Day the World Went Away’. Big things are coming in the hit HBO series, clearly — and if those music cues mean anything, so is quite the eventful day, or several.
Also leaving an impression in the new Westworld trailer is a chilling statement: “we’re not here to transcend, we’re here to destroy.” Actually, the entire glimpse at the upcoming season — which finally starts arriving from Monday, June 27 via Foxtel, Binge and Neon Down Under — is filled with eerie and creepy pieces of dialogue and images. Here’s another: “maybe it’s time you questioned the nature of your own reality.”
That’s classic Westworld for you. Since it first hit HBO back in 2016 — and made its way to Australia and New Zealand as well — the series has been unnerving from the get-go. It’s all there in the concept, which first unfurled on-screen back in 1973 thanks to the Michael Crichton-directed movie of the same name. Here, in the eponymous android amusement park, humans pay to live out their fantasies while surrounded by supremely realistic-looking androids. What could go wrong? Everything, obviously.
Across its second season in 2018 and third batch of episodes in 2020, the TV version of Westworld has built upon this premise, twisting in wild, strange, violent and surreal directions. Naturally, when season four hits, that’s only going to continue.
Neither trailer so far is particularly big on plot, but they do set a huge mood — or reinforce the tone that Westworld fans already know and love, to be more precise. While narrative details are scarce, the show is bound to keep wading through the fallout that’s been shaping its story from day one, after some of the robot theme park’s electronic hosts started to break their programming, make their own decisions and question their creators.
What the show’s season four trailers lack in plot specifics, they make up for in atmosphere and recognisable faces, including Evan Rachel Wood (Kajillionaire), Thandiwe Newton (All the Old Knives), Ed Harris (The Lost Daughter), Jeffrey Wright (The Batman), Tessa Thompson (Passing), Luke Hemsworth (Young Rock), Aaron Paul (Truth Be Told) and Angela Sarafyan (Reminiscence). Joining them as a newcomer this season: newly minted West Side Story Oscar-winner Ariana DeBose.
If you feel like you’ve been hanging out for new Westworld for years, that’s because the show always seems to bring its android dramas back in two-year intervals. Still, it’s worth remembering that the first season of the show arrived 43 years after the Michael Crichton-directed movie that it’s based on, and 40 years after the film’s sequel Futureworld. If you haven’t done so already, both are worth viewing while you’re waiting for the TV series to return.
Check out the full trailer for Westworld‘s fourth season below:
Westworld’s fourth season will start streaming via Binge in Australia from Monday, June 27 — and via Neon in New Zealand.
Images: Photograph by John Johnson/HBO.