Anthony Hopkins plays Dr. Robert Ford in the HBO sci-fi series “Westworld.” His character met a surprising end during the show's Season 1 finale. HBO

Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) of “Westworld” met a surprising end during the season finale of the sci-fi show.

(Warning: Spoilers ahead!)

After launching the new narrative he painstakingly created — even at the cost of several lives — Ford seemingly allowed Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) to kill him the same way his former partner, Arnold Weber (Jeffrey Wright), asked her to end him many years ago.

When Entertainment Weekly asked Hopkins what drove Ford to do so, he said he has no clue. “I honestly don’t know. He’s obviously a very proud man fascinated by human intelligence, the nature of intelligence, the history of the human being, the nature of consciousness, and the theory that human consciousness – as we know it today – started very recently,” he said.

Hopkins loves that his character has a cryptic morality, and he believes it’s part of his overall allure. “He wants to create a pure dystopia or utopia, but he begins to realize somewhere in there that he’s lost track of it. I think he’s troubled by his own conscience,” he said.

It’s unclear yet whether or not Hopkins will be back for Season 2. The only thing that is certain is that Ed Harris will be reprising his role as the Man in Black/William next season.

Harris confirmed his return during an interview with BBC Radio 4. “I was just talking to Jonah Nolan last night, who’s a creator of this thing with his wife Lisa Joy, and yeah, they’re doing another season,” Harris said. “They’re going to do 10 more episodes, and I will be involved.”

HBO’s new programming president Casey Bloys earlier revealed to Variety that given the show’s success, they are more than thrilled to renew the show for a second season run. “It’s fantastic to have a broad-based cultural and ratings hit to build from,” he said. “That’s a great, great luxury.”

“Westworld” Season 2 will return to HBO on 2018.