HBO’s hit series Westworld has continued to shock fans throughout both its first and second seasons, and based on the first two episodes of season three alone, it’s clear the show will continue its streak of unparalleled unpredictability. One of the most delightful surprises of season three’s second episode, entitled “The Winter Line,” was the return of fan-favorite character Lee Sizemore, played by Simon Quarterman. AfterBuzzTV hosts Alana Jordan, Kari Lane, Nate Miller, and Alice Ford invited the actor to join them for the AfterBuzz Westworld S3E2 After Show to discuss his unexpected return to the series.
In the second season finale, Lee Sizemore completed one of the most evolved character arcs of the show, going from the park’s narcissistic, self-entitled Head of Narrative & Design, lacking virtually any empathy for the hosts at all, to sacrificing his life to help Mauve in her journey to find her daughter. After he martyred himself for her cause, fans assumed, sadly, that would be the last we’d see of Quartman’s character. In fact, the actor himself wasn’t even completely sure he’d be returning until several months after completing his death scene and explained, “I (thought) they had some plans to bring me back, so I was kind of like, maybe 60/40 that I was going to be back, and then about a few months later, I found out that I was coming back.” Embed from Getty Images
However, while Quarteman knew he’d be back in some capacity, the show’s creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are so secretive, he didn’t know the big twist about his character’s return, that Lee actually had died and was now just a simulation, until rehearsals had already begun.
“Jonathan and Lisa are all about the breadcrumbs. They’ll sprinkle you a little something, but they won’t give you the whole piece. […] We went in to do some rehearsals and Lisa pulled me into her office and sat me down and explained what was going to be happening in the episode, and I didn’t see it coming whatsoever. Absolutely not. It was a lot of fun to kind of jump in and do.”
In fact, the reveal ended up being one of his two favorite scenes of the episode to shoot: “It was just such a rich and fun scene to play. And there was a lot going on there, I think. And Thandie and I have such fun working together, you know. And I think the other scene as well, I think it’s directly after that when we’re in my office, you know, and she finds all the drawings- a little obsession I’ve created for Mauve, that was a lot of fun to shoot, too.”
When asked if he got to keep any of the futuristic props featured on the show, like perhaps one of those Maeve-obsessed drawings, he laughed, “I’ve got my rehearsal cane, but not the proper cane. But I got a rehearsal one! That’s about all I could get was my rehearsal cane, but that’ll do- I’ll take it.” And it would seem that secrets really are the name of the game when it comes to all things Westworld. When asked if he had it on display, he coyly responded, “It’s tucked away somewhere secret.”
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