The show's refreshing return feels like a ramp-up to bloodier stuff

Throughout its first three seasons, creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have made clear they are fascinated by the way narratives rule our world

it was refreshing to watch this first episode of season four and be in almost familiar territory.

Season 4 will comprise eight episodes, and stream on HBO Max in the US and Sky Atlantic and Now TV in the UK.

And a reminder that maybe Christina’s world could be just as constructed as that small Western town Dolores lived in.

Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy in Westworld season 3 – but who will she be playing if she returns in season 4?

One thing we’re pretty sure about is that we won’t be seeing a certain maniacal trillionaire again – Serac is now dead, and his ridiculously advanced AI are longer controlling humanity.

“Dolores is gone,” Nolan told Variety(opens in new tab) in 2020, but we see the character in season 4's first trailer, so we're confident of her appearance in new episodes.

We're expecting to see an android version of the Man in Black in Westworld season 4.

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