The Westworld season two trailers may have left us with more questions than answers, but fortunately, we can answer one of your most nagging questions right now: why do those songs sound so familiar?! In the show's Super Bowl ad, above, a slow cover of Kanye West's "Runaway" is the tune that plays in the background. This same song has been used in trailers for 2013's The Hangover Part III and 2015's The Night Before. The movie and TV industry loves to put Kanye's music in trailers, and it works here. Just take a look at these lyrics:
"Yeah I always find somethin' wrong
You been puttin' up wit' my sh*t just way too long
I'm so gifted at findin' what I don't like the most
So I think it's time for us to have a toast
Let's have a toast for the douche bags
Let's have a toast for the assholes
Let's have a toast for the scumbags
Every one of them that I know
Let's have a toast for the jerk offs
That'll never take work off
Baby, I got a plan
Run away fast as you can"
It's a stretch, but the lyrics do kind of illustrate the dynamic between Dolores and Maeve and their puppeteers. They've been putting up with this sh*t for way too long, and now they're going to run away from this fabricated life. Then again, perhaps the music department at HBO just liked the iconic piano bars at the top of the song. In any case, here's the full video of "Runaway," off Kanye's 2010 album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
As for the new trailer, which dropped on March 29, the song used is a little harder to place. This time around, the good folks at HBO went with an orchestral cover of the 1993 Nirvana song "Heart-Shaped Box," which is more fitting than you might realize. Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi is responsible for creating the haunting version of the In Utero classic, and though the lyrics aren't heard, they hold some pretty serious significance when you consider all the season two theories that have been floating around the internet lately.
When you take into account how the hosts are essentially dying and being reborn each day, the line "Throw down your umbilical noose so I can climb right back" definitely resonates. What's more, the song's opening lyrics seem like a clear nod to the prison the hosts are essentially locked within throughout season one, whether they want to be or not:
"She eyes me like a Pisces when I am weak
I've been locked inside your heart-shaped box for weeks
I've been drawn into your magnetar pit trap trap
I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black"
Still not sold? Listen to the beautiful cover for yourself below.