It’s official: Hiroyuki Sanada (“Helix,” “Lost” and “The Wolverine”) is joining the second season of “Westworld” for multiple episodes, and his character pretty much confirms a new theme park teased in the first season’s mind-blowing finale.
Sanada’s casting was confirmed by his rep to TV Guide, who also revealed that he’s playing a character named “Musashi.”
Musashi isn’t really a household name, but hardcore fans would know him from a toy released at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
Check it out below:
— Funko (@OriginalFunko) June 29, 2017
This model, which comes from Funko, is apparently a swordsman who might as well be the legendary Musashi Miyamoto — Japan’s Greatest Samurai.
With Sanada playing the Musashi we all seem to expect, it appears then that “Westworld” Season 2 will reveal a new theme park called “Samurai World.”
We also anticipate this based on the fact that the Season 1 finale showed samurais and teased the mysterious park’s logo, which bore the initials “SW.”
If anything, the dead tiger in the upcoming season’s new trailer suggests that we’ll at least find some connection between Westworld and Samurai World soon.
For now, fans can rest assured that things aren’t staying in one place forever. As series co-creator Jonathan Nolan told The Hollywood Reporter last year:
“We never had any intention of staying in one place. We don’t want to shoot on the same sets for 10 years. We want to blow the sets up and move on to another piece of the story.”
“Westworld” returns on HBO in 2018. Check out the trailer below.
Featured Images via Keith McDuffee, HBO