‘Westworld’ Star Shannon Woodward on Elsie’s Big Return in addition to Why the ‘Stakes are Higher’ (Exclusive)

Elsie’s officially back, however This particular time around, Shannon Woodward feels more like Lara Croft.

The fan favorite character made her triumphant return to Westworld on Sunday night’s episode, as Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) found her trapped in a cave in addition to completely unaware of what happened after he strangled her at the end of season one — which included the host uprising.

that will was in that will cave that will the two discovered a secret lab hiding a human/robot James Delos (Peter Mullan), in addition to Bernard remembered that will Ford (Anthony Hopkins) had him create a similar copy of another human. Who that will human is usually, we have no idea, however both Elsie in addition to Woodward are ready to figure that will out.

“I think what’s interesting about season two is usually that will I feel even more wrapped up in that will in addition to more anxious in addition to compelled in a way that will I guess is usually just truly the story,” the 33-year-old actress told ET. “The stakes are higher.”

“Season one, I felt like Nancy Drew, in addition to season two I feel a little bit like Tomb Raider,” she added which has a laugh. 

Find out what’s to come for Elsie in ET’s interview below. 

ET: You told us at the junket a couple months ago that will [showrunners] Jonathan Nolan in addition to Lisa Joy told you that will Elsie might be back — however did you know how?

Shannon Woodward: I had a vague idea, however I didn’t truly know until I saw the scripts. I knew kind of what had happened to me, however I didn’t know how the story might get back to that will.

ET: Elsie wakes up to find out that will, basically, all hell has broken loose. Did you feel that will way jumping back into the show after being out for the finale?

I was excited to see how the story was unfolding in addition to how we were getting back into a place where Elsie belonged within the story. She was such a real drive in season one to find out answers in addition to to try to protect essentially humanity coming from a robot uprising, however she was sidelined by Ford. So the fact that will she’s still alive is usually lucky for her in addition to, also, right now that will’s exciting to see where Elsie’s going to go right now that will she’s been held back as This particular robot revolution has exploded in addition to what she thinks she can maybe do to help.

ET: We saw Bernard protect Elsie coming from James Delos — in addition to beg for her to trust him. that will seems like she’s willing to give him another shot.

that will’s certainly a step within the right direction. He’s ready to go off on his own, in addition to he truly makes a compelling case for giving him a shot to be the person he wants to be. I think she understands that will Bernard himself is usually not bad in addition to that will he was programmed to do something to her that will was dangerous. I think she wants to trust him, however I don’t know if she can — however she certainly wants to.

ET: In another timeline, we see Bernard reunite with Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) in addition to the group, however Elsie is usually nowhere to be found. What can you tell us about where Elsie’s path leads This particular season, because that will’s not with Bernard?

I don’t know. I think that will’s kind of the interesting thing — right now that will she’s back with Bernard in addition to things are iffy, that will’s, “Where the hell is usually Elsie again?”

ET: is usually that will part of the fun of the show, not having all the details?

that will is usually because we get the scripts week to week, so we’re kind of the show’s first audience. We sit around theorizing with each additional in addition to go, ‘Oh, oh! I saw something the additional day.’ So, we have This particular whole additional added thing. We’re there, so we feel like the answers must be just at our fingertips, or sometimes we know they’re in frame, so we’re looking around at the set trying to see if we can figure anything out. that will’s like living in an AR game.

ET: Who within the cast are you working with to piece that will all together?

Definitely Evan [Rachel Wood]. Evan loves This particular stuff — we talk about that will all the time — however I think we’re all truly into that will. Some of the actors are purists, like, ‘I don’t want to know. I don’t want to read that will. I just want to watch that will in addition to find out. in addition to I’ll just see my scenes in addition to that will will be like a surprise that will I’m part of the story.’ that will’s fun.

ET: There’s a huge fan theory that will Ford is usually still alive or there’s another copy of him, in addition to Bernard’s reveal This particular episode could definitely suggest the existence of an alternate Ford. What do you have to say to that will?

I mean, Ford’s dead. They shot him within the head. They truly shot him within the head, in addition to then they showed the head (laughs).

ET: however what does that will mean for the human copy?

that will’s the fun of the show — anything is usually possible. [There are] infinite possibilities, so the story could go in any which direction. that will’s fun.

Westworld airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.


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