'Westworld': Shogun World First Look Welcomes Hiroyuki Sanada and Rinko Kikuchi to the Cast

'Westworld': Shogun World First Look Welcomes Hiroyuki Sanada and Rinko Kikuchi to the Cast

A new park and new characters are at the heart of the next episode of the series, “Akane No Mai.”

When last we saw him, Lee Sizemore was running toward Maeve, Hector and the rest of his traveling companions like a chicken beneath a falling sky: “We have to go! We have to get out of here, right now!”

It’s not that Sizemore’s words of warning fell on deaf ears, necessarily. It’s that the ears were too late to do anything about it. Whether they like it or not, Maeve and the rest of her group are now in uncharted territory: Shogun World, the third park featured in the series, with three more parks as yet unrevealed.

HBO have released new photos from the upcoming Westworld episode, revealing more of what fans can expect from Shogun World, an element of the show first introduced in the season one finale. Among what we can expect: new characters, such as the ones played by Hiroyuki Sanada (Lost, The Last Samurai) and Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter), who star as newcomer hosts Musashi and Akane, respectively. 

For his part, Sanada as Musashi has already made his Westworld debut, appearing at the tail end of the aforementioned third episode of the series, “Virtù e Fortuna,” rushing toward Maeve and the group with sword in hand. For her part, Akane is an event in the making; the coming episode is called “Akane No Mai,” putting Kikuchi’s character front and center in the proceedings.

Beyond the newcomers, “Akane No Mai” is set to focus largely on Thandie Newton as Maeve, currently on a quest to find her daughter from a long ago build. Will she find what she’s looking for in Shogun World? The preview for the coming episode suggests Maeve is about to find a “new voice,” so no matter what happens next, a discovery is on the way.

Shogun World will play a primary focus in the next episode of the series, but it won’t be the sole focus. An additional photo from the episode sees Dolores and Teddy together, marking their first appearance since the battle at Fort Forlorn Hope. When last we saw them, Dolores announced their next destination would be Sweetwater, the town at the heart of Westworld. “There’s something I need there,” she growled, wincing from a bullet wound to the side. Whatever it is she needs, expect it to manifest in the episode ahead.

Continue on for more photos from “Akane No Mai,” including Hector at peace, Armistice in bondage, and a masked force to be reckoned with.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter