On Sunday evening, HBO aired episode 4 of Westworld’s third season, which lastly introduced again William — aka the Man in Black (Ed Harris) — in addition to his daughter Emily (Katja Herbers). We additionally obtained some main solutions as to and the opposite hosts in Dolores’ (Evan Rachel Wooden) squad. This episode continues to discover the themes of id, masks and being somebody you are not.
Ifwas about introducing viewers to the “actual” world of 2058 and had been about getting characters into their storyline battle positions, then tonight’s episode has characters making main strikes towards their objectives. There’s a lot to breakdown.
Tonight’s episode, aptly titled “The Mom of Exiles”, sees Dolores purchase Caleb (Aaron Paul) a swimsuit, Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) purchase Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) some beer and Liam Dempsey Jr. (John Gallagher) attempt to purchase a girl not sporting pants.
However earlier than we bounce into the fourth episode, should you want a refresher on the primary two seasons,. Additionally take a look at our who explains what happiness seems like for Bernard.
The Man in Black rides once more
Persevering with the “who’re you” theme from final week, we see William haunted by Dolores and the ghost of his daughter Emily asking, “William. Who’re you?” To which he replies, “I do know you are not actual. I do know who the fuck I’m.” The sequence is gorgeously shot with an excessive ultrawide-angle lens that distorts his home and actually bends his actuality.
Emily reminds William that everybody who cared about him is useless: herself, mother, grandpa, Logan. Emily’s confrontation of her father performs like a scene from MacBeth. It is intense, uncooked, and confounding. My favourite moments in Westworld are when real emotion comes out from underneath all of the puzzle items and this was undoubtedly a type of moments.
On the finish of the season 2 finale, after the credit we noticed a scene of William descending on an elevator to be greeted by a number model of his daughter Emily. We additionally noticed that there are host variations of William as properly. So on this scene is William, William? Is he a number? Is it a nightmare?
And what higher method to finish such a scene than to have William level a gun at Charlotte Hale and say, “You are not actual both.”
She replies, “Actual sufficient to not need a gun pointed at my face. Are you with me now? Good as a result of it is time to come again to actuality.” Reminder: she’s a robotic within the “actual” world which could truly be nothing greater than a simulation on Incite’s Rehoboam machine.
Underneath the guise of needing William’s assist to stop Serac (Vincent Cassel) from stealing Delos, she has William dedicated and subsequently good points a majority of management over Delos which is able to enable her to take it non-public. As we study on the finish, Hale is definitely occupied by a duplicate of Dolores. As William is being taken away to a personal psychological hospital, Hale makes use of her finger to prick his neck.
After which we see justice ultimately. Nicely, type of. Wearing a shiny white jumpsuit, the Man in Black isn’t any extra. He’s visited by a imaginative and prescient of Dolores as she was within the Westworld park and explains with relish that that is all a part of the sport. The scene cuts to a large shot of William on their lonesome. Is Dolores simply one other delusion? Is that this it for William or will he have the motivation to cease Dolores after what she did to him within the type of Hale?
Dolores exhibits Bernard his accomplished home
Let’s speak about a scene that appears to be a flashback. Dolores exhibits Bernard his home. She factors out that the home he was constructing is completed.
Bernard explains that he did not end it after which we hear his whispered voice say, “This is not actual.” However maybe this can be a assemble Dolores created to ease Bernard again into actuality. Or maybe it’s a trace that the “actual” world we have been proven this season is nothing greater than a simulation? The latter rationalization would match moderately properly with the theme of masks that seems all through this episode.
Additionally, in season 2 when Bernard is within the digital world of the Cradle, the side ratio goes to widescreen. We noticed that with Maeve as properly when she was within the Warworld simulation in season Three episode 2. So this Bernard and Dolores scene is probably going a simulation, too.
We nonetheless do not know Dolores’ plan for Bernard and neither does Bernard. We get a touch that maybe it is extra of a trainer/pupil factor when Dolores reminds Bernard that he taught her that something was potential and that they might stay nevertheless they need. The scene ends along with her asking him if he believes that also.
Bernard and Stubbs search for Dolores
We meet up with the 2 in a resort in Victorville, CA the place we are able to see. Compared to the opposite cities we see sooner or later, this city seems fairly crap-tacular. Stubbs has the most effective line in regards to the lower than stellar lodging.
“I simply wish to thanks Bernard for bringing me to this shit gap. It makes me look again on my time within the homicide simulation theme park with fondness.”
The 2 have surmised that Dolores is taking a “kill and substitute” strategy to get what she needs. They assume she has killed Liam Dempsey Jr. and changed him with one among her hosts pretending to be him. Bernard plans to get near the Liam host and use a button he created to regulate it and discover out the opposite people Dolores plans to repeat and substitute.
The button is curious as a result of we noticed Serac with the same button in episode 2 that he used to override Maeve. And we see a button that Bernard makes use of on himself a number of occasions all through the season to this point. Nevertheless it’s Bernard’s button that I am interested in. In these moments, what’s it in himself that he’s toggling on and off? Is a chunk of Dolores additionally copied inside him?
Serac and Maeve search for Dolores
We study a bit extra about Serac — like the truth that he has a brother — and so they witnessed Paris being nuked. Over drinks with Maeve, Serac explains that Dolores has two keys. One to the information Delos collected about its friends and the opposite a key that might enable Maeve to affix her daughter within the Valley (aka host heaven). So we’re again to characters trying to find a key to open up one thing mysterious they need.
Serac explains that the information Delos collected is extra full than the Rehoboam machine he created for Incite. He takes Maeve to Bernard’s home the place there is a “man with info tied to a chair” scene. I actually just like the present’s tackle this trope and the way Serac makes use of knowledge to indicate the captive’s future when he does cooperate and when he would not. However all that’s undone when Serac kills the person. I get it. The act exhibits Serac’s energy and is a reminder to Maeve about what’s at stake.
Maeve searches for the Mortician, who helped Dolores get the identities of 5 folks. As she searches for the Matrix-like named character, we see Maeve having the ability to management electronics, devices and some other machine with a microchip. She’s in a position to battle her method to see the Mortician which ends up in a scene that echoes the attention manufacturing scene within the unique Blade Runner. Then she walks right into a Yakuza hideout taking out a handful of well-armed guards by overriding their auto-aiming arm weapons, together with some swift samurai sword work.
That is when she meets the top of the Yakuza, Musashi (Hiroyuki Sanada) from season 2 in Shogun World. Or a minimum of it is his host physique with another person within it. Extra on that in a second.
After a sword battle, Musashi stabs Maeve with a deadly blow, leaving her in a pool of her personal blood and a white liquid that appears just like what host our bodies are created with. Musashi picks up his sword and goes to chop open her head (my guess is to get her pearl) however runs away when he learns that folks monitoring her are on the best way.
A Dolores divergence detected
We meet up with Dolores shopping for Caleb a swimsuit as they embark on her plan. Together with an ill-gotten blood marker from a banker, Caleb transfers Liam Dempsey Jr.’s cash to Dolores. On the best way into the financial institution Caleb asks what if his blood marker would not work.
“We do it the old style method,” replies Dolores who smiles. “I kill everybody.”
And that brings us to an precise masquerade get together the place issues begin to diverge. Liam Dempsey Jr. is making an attempt to bid on a girl sporting no pants, however has no cash as a result of Caleb and Dolores took it. And that is when Bernard and Stubbs seize Liam and attempt to management him, solely to comprehend that he is not a number.
Dolores and her Martin Connells host are there, additionally making an attempt to nab Dempsey. This results in a reunion and a badass however transient battle between Stubbs and Dolores who throws him off a balcony.
Who’re the pearls?
For the reason that finish of season 2, one of many largest questions was the id of the 5 host pearls that Dolores has in her possession. We all know Bernard was one among them, however we do not study something new about them in episode 4.
Nevertheless we do study that the Charlotte Hale host, the Martin Connells host and the Musashi host all have copies of Dolores inside them. I am unable to say. This makes issues inherently unpredictable. And the reality is that maybe Dolores by no means meant to make use of all of the pearls, however by having them it saved them from getting used in opposition to her.