Dolores and Teddy are sort of back together. Fans of Westworld haven’t seen James Marsden’s Teddy Flood since he died in Season 2, but at the end of the Season 4 premiere, a character who looks a lot like him showed up for a short time. After Dolores died in Season 3, the new character played by Evan Rachel Wood, a writer named Christina, felt like someone had been watching her lately before a “mystery” date. In the last scene of the episode, she is on her balcony thinking about her next project. The camera then cuts to Marsden standing in front of her apartment building.
Even though the HBO show hasn’t said who or what Marsden’s character is in Season 4, Entertainment Weekly said that he and Christina would go on at least one date this season before the episode aired on June 26. At the ATX TV Festival in early June, he and Wood confirmed his surprise return along with co-stars Tessa Thompson (Charlotte), Ed Harris (The Man in Black), Jeffrey Wright (Bernard), and Angela Sarafyan (Clementine). However, Marsden didn’t want to give EW any more details, telling the magazine that he wanted to “remain a little mysterious about where you find me in the first episode, if at all.”
Still, the actor gave a more general look at what will happen in Season 4, including the fact that even though the setting has changed, not much else has changed. “The themes of exploring violent urges in people and other things like that will keep coming up,” he said. “And this season, we might see what the world looks like after Dolores sets the humans and robots free. Will they work together, or will they try to take charge? What happens when they both want to be in charge? Will these violent urges be passed on to the hosts? On this show, we keep asking questions about some of the most important things, and that’s especially true for Season 4. What’s going to happen?”
In an interview with Wood for Good Morning America on June 21, Marsden joked that Season 4 was “the return of Teddy Flood.” Fans were surprised by the comeback, but the actor said he knew about the plan at least since 2018. He told his co-host Michael Strahan, “I knew at the beginning of Season 2 that I was going to leave for a while and then come back.” “So I’ve known for years, but I’ve had to lie to my family, friends, and everyone else, saying things like, ‘Yep, he’s gone.'” I didn’t know how I would be back, and to be honest, I still don’t. It’s hard to figure out what’s going on in the show, but I’ve known for a few years.”
Wood said that they were able to pick up right where they left off, “cracking jokes constantly” and acting out scenes from Anchorman and Young Frankenstein in between takes. Marsden spoke up and said, “It’s a very serious, dark, and heavy show, so we have to keep things light on set or we’d go crazy.” Westworld Season 4 has just started, so it’s too early to say what role Marsden’s character will play in the future.