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‘Westworld’ Season 2 Halts Production Over California Wildfire Concerns

Westworld Season 2 Production Fire
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HBO’s Westworld makes a point of what chaos it controls, but real-life wildfires fall outside that purview. The hotly-anticipated second season has briefly halted production once more, this time over safety concerns with the only wildfire in Rye, California.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Westworld Season 2’s Santa Clarita production shut down over proximity to the ongoing brush fire, which itself is fueled by recent Santa Ana winds. This is at least the second temporary shutdown Season 2 has endured, after an earlier interruption for actor Zahn McClarnon’s injuries. CBS series S.W.A.T. also halted production for the day, while HBO offered of the Westworld shutdown:

Due to nearby wildfires, Westworld stopped production earlier today and will resume filming as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Elsewhere of Westworld Season 2, the spring 2018 “Journey Into Night” is expected to answer practical questions about the park, potentially even a date for the show’s setting. Ed Harris will be back to play Season 2 on “extreme mode,” while Talulah Riley and Louis Herthum have been upped to series regular. We’ll also finally get answers on the mysterious “SW” park, and hopefully learn what became of poor Elsie and Stubbs.

New additions include Leftovers alum Katja Herbers, Neil Jackson and American Gods star Jonathan Tucker, Vikings favorite Gustaf Skarsgard, Tyrant alum Fares Fares, Betty Gabriel and LOST star Hiroyuki Sanada. Season 1 star Ben Barnes will also make a mysterious return.

We’ll see what other Westworld Season 2 details emerge soon, but production shouldn’t stay down for long.

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