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4 Photos from Westworld Season 2, Episode 5, "Akane No Mai"

The tail end of last week's Westworld episode teased the final reveal of the Shogun World part of Delos's Park. There was a (literal) flash of a man with a katana, and the preview for season 2, episode 5 showed even more of the rich Japanese-themed area.

Today, HBO released four first-look images of the new park area ahead of this coming Sunday's episode, "Akane No Mai". Roughly translated, (super roughly by sengatenga on reddit) the title means "Red Dance".  It was also pointed out that there is a feminine case present, so theoretically it more than likely ties into Pacific Rim star Rinko Kikuchi's character Akane in this episode.

The four images (thanks HBO!) feature Maeve (Thandie Newton), Hector (Rodrigo Santoro), Armistice (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal), and Musashi (Hiroyuki Sanada) in Shogun World:

4 Photos from Westworld Season 2, Episode 5, "Akane No Mai"
Maeve (Thandie Newton)
4 Photos from Westworld Season 2, Episode 5, "Akane No Mai"
Hector (Rodrigo Santoro)
4 Photos from Westworld Season 2, Episode 5, "Akane No Mai"
Armistice (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal)
4 Photos from Westworld Season 2, Episode 5, "Akane No Mai"
Musashi (Hiroyuki Sanada)

"Shogun World extends a welcome to all," the episode description reads, and it's pretty obvious it'll be a deep dive into a Samurai-based world. This new area has been teased for a while now, with the SXSW Sweetwater pop-up town including a full armored Samurai warrior walking around.

Westworld airs on HBO on Sunday nights, and you can catch up with our most recent stream-of-consciousness review for season 2, episode 4 "Riddle of the Sphinx", here.

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Mary Anne ButlerAbout Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

 Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional
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