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New Westworld Characters Are Game-Changers

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Get ready for even more intrigue when Westworld returns to HBO in 2018, because three new characters will be joining the show for Season 2. And in true Westworld fashion, it sounds like they're going to be complex and enigmatic.

First up is a familiar face with an even more familiar last name: Gustaf Skarsgård. Yes, those Skarsgårds — son of Stellan, and brother to fellow entertainers Alexander, Sam, Bill and Valter. Best known for his role as Floki on Vikings, Gustaf will tackle the role of Karl Strand on Westworld. According to EW, the character is "a white-collar guy who's comfortable in the field."

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Also joining the sci-fi thriller as a series regular is Tyrant actor Fares Fares. The Lebanese actor will be bringing to life Antoine Costa, a "tech expert with an object perspective," says EW. In the Westworld realm, it's a safe bet anyone well-versed in technology will be dealing with androids.

And, finally, rounding out the cast as a recurring character is Betty Gabriel. While her name may not ring a bell just yet, her face will. You've seen her in Good Girls Revolt and perhaps even more memorably as the super-unsettling maid Georgina in the sleeper hit Get Out. On Westworld, though, she'll play Maling, who is supposed to "restore order." (Ha, good luck with that!)

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Skarsgård, Fares and Gabriel will be joining a stacked cast, including previously announced fellow newcomers Katja Herbers (The Americans, Divorce), Neil Jackson (Sleepy Hollow, The Originals) and Jonathan Tucker (Justified, Kingdom).

Now that you're sufficiently stoked for Season 2, join us in commiserating over how dreadfully long it feels like we have to wait. Can it be 2018 yet?

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