Westworld season 2: Thandie Newton says Maeve's relationship with her daughter is 'everything'

"Westworld" fans are accustomed to having more questions than answers -- and one lingering cliffhanger from the season 1 finale will prove to be a driving force in season 2.

When we last saw Thandie Newton's Maeve, the android had recently discovered that her supposed journey to self-actualization was in fact a pre-programmed storyline titled "Escape." But in a crucial moment that appeared to demonstrate her own free will, Maeve seemingly decided not to escape Westworld and instead return to find her daughter.

AOL caught up with Newton at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival's "Westworld" red carpet, where we asked how important Maeve's relationship with her daughter will be in season 2.

"Everything," Newton said. "Think about it. To be compelled by that instinct -- she's not going to give that up without a struggle."

"Westworld" returns to HBO on April 22.

See photos from inside the "Westworld" red carpet at Tribeca Film Festival:

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood attend 'Westworld' during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and Thandie Newton attends 'Westworld' during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Thandie Newton attends 'Westworld' during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: James Marsden attends 'Westworld' during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Evan Rachel Wood attends 'Westworld' during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and Thandie Newton attends 'Westworld' during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Creator Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy attend the premiere of 'Westworld' during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: James Marsden attends the premiere of 'Westworld' during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: (L-R) Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden attend the premiere of 'Westworld' during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Creator Lisa Joy, Thandie Newton, and James Marsden attend the premiere of 'Westworld' during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, Thandie Newton, James Marsden and Christopher Orr speak onstage at the premiere of 'Westworld' during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
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