Warning: Full spoilers observe for Westworld Season 3.
Westworld’s third season wrapped manner again in Might of 2020 with the episode “Crisis Theory” (read our Season 3 finale review), capping off the HBO sequence’ journey to the “actual world” of the futuristic society the place theme parks are populated by robotic “hosts.” Or so we thought. However now, trailers for Westworld Season 4, which debuts on Sunday, June 26, proceed to characteristic what at the least seems to be a world exterior the parks. After all, with Westworld, one by no means can inform…
Westworld in fact stars Evan Rachel Wooden because the host Dolores Abernathy, who, having gained sentience over the course of the earlier seasons, left the Delos park the place she lived for many years as, basically, a slave, now on a mission to take down humankind for the sake of her fellow ‘bots. Or so we thought…
Loads occurred within the Season 3 finale of Westworld, so let’s delve into among the key factors and check out to determine how they could play in Season 4.
Westworld Recap: Is Dolores Useless?
12 months three instructed the story of what occurred to Dolores after she had escaped the Westworld theme park on the finish of the earlier season. Establishing store in a near-future L.A., she created a bunch of copies of herself, or extra particularly, copies of her thoughts, however in several our bodies, all as a part of her grand plan for the season…
However did Dolores Prime die within the Season 3 finale? She appeared to be passed by the top of “Disaster Principle,” even when she sacrificed herself to be able to obtain her true mission. After being captured by Vincent Cassel’s tech genius Serac, Dolores had her thoughts probed by the uber-AI system generally known as Rehoboam. It was in search of the important thing to accessing the “Elegant” (the Valley Past synthetic actuality the place most of the hosts escaped to final season). The factor is, Dolores did not even have the important thing — she had hidden it with Jeffrey Wright’s character Bernard (extra on that in a second) — and in order Rehoboam dug deeper, deleting her reminiscences because it went alongside, it discovered nothing… apart from a lure.
Dolores managed to hack Rehoboam whereas it was hacking her, and gave management of the AI to Caleb (Aaron Paul). In so doing, Caleb, with some clutch assist from Maeve (Thandie Newton) and her samurai sword, commanded Rehoboam to erase itself, which it did and which might now permit for humankind to stay out their lives by their very own accord — for higher or for worse — as a substitute of underneath the guiding affect of Serac’s final laptop. The very last thing we see earlier than the credit roll is Caleb and Maeve watching as the town round them burns. Sure, Dolores’ true plan was to free humankind. “That is the brand new world,” says Maeve, whereas “Mind Injury” from Pink Floyd’s Darkish Aspect of the Moon performs. “And on this world, you might be whoever the f**okay you need.”
Sure, Dolores’ true plan was to free humankind.
So which Dolores will we be getting in Season 4? When the Season 3 finale dropped, showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Pleasure insisted that the Prime model of her was executed, telling Variety: “Dolores is gone. We’re not but discussing publicly the course the present is taking, however the enjoyable factor about this present is, you already know, from the start Lisa and I needed to make a present that continually reinvented itself, that might be a unique present each season. I believe it’s essential with a present during which dying might be impermanent — these are robots, in any case — to mark the event with Dolores. That model of that character is gone. We love Evan Rachel Wooden and we haven’t began speaking publicly about precisely what the present seems to be like going ahead. But it surely seems to be very completely different.”
Her thoughts had been wiped final we noticed her, a dull husk laying on the platform beneath Rehoboam’s large orb. Nonetheless, we additionally know that Dolores duplicated her thoughts in different hosts in Season 3, creating divergent Doloreses, if you’ll. Most of these had been seemingly destroyed all through the season, however at the least two stay: The Dolores inside a Charlotte Hale host physique (Tessa Thompson) who had turned in opposition to Dolores Prime by the finale, and appears set to be an antagonist in Season 4. After which there’s additionally Clifton Collins Jr.’s host. He had been a recurring character named Lawrence (a.okay.a. El Lazo) within the earlier seasons and popped up briefly within the Season 3 finale underneath the guise of a cop, though Bernard found out that his physique was housing one other copy of Dolores. Absolutely transplanting the Lawrence host’s pearl (mind) right into a contemporary Evan Rachel Wooden physique would not be an excessive amount of effort, although she would not have the identical reminiscences from Season 3 that Dolores Prime did.
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Within the trailers for the brand new season, we see that Evan Rachel Wooden is again as a Dolores… or quite, in line with the actress, a personality known as “Christine.” She told EW not too long ago that her character is “rather more human this season.” She appears to be mirroring her Season 1 model, the place she was on the cusp of realizing she was dwelling in a synthetic actuality, basically. “That is the story a few lady,” she says within the trailer. “Each single day she wakes up, the extra she sees it. However no one else can. There’s one thing improper with the world, and it is her fault.”
William: The Man in Black or The Host in Black?
The Man in Black is useless. Lengthy stay the Man in Black! Ed Harris’ character, often known as William, Delos’ massive dangerous boss, spent Season 3 struggling together with his interior demons. He was institutionalized by the trickery of the Charlotte Dolores, the place he participated in a remedy session with varied variations of himself from the previous (and maybe the long run?), together with the younger incarnation who was an everyday character in Season 1 of Westworld and performed by Jimmi Simpson. In “Disaster Principle,” William is dedicated to “saving the world” from the host rebellion, and we final see him within the first of two post-credits scenes.
It’s there that he entered a Delos Worldwide facility in Dubai the place, after stating that the hosts are “breeding” and capturing a safety guard within the head, he made his manner all the way down to the basement-level analysis lab and located precisely what he anticipated: host shenanigans. The Charlotte Dolores was there, telling William he is proper on time, and that sure, he’s going to save lots of the world — for the hosts. A reproduction of William, in full Man in Black get-up, then appeared and, after a quick battle, slashed William’s throat. We then noticed that he was proper in regards to the breeding factor — the power is stuffed with host-making equipment.
The concept that the Man in Black would go full host definitely calls again to many followers’ impression of him from earlier than the present debuted.
The concept that the Man in Black would go full host definitely calls again to many followers’ impression of him from earlier than the present debuted, as he was clearly designed to evoke the Gunslinger robotic performed by Yul Brynner within the unique 1973 Westworld movie on which the present is predicated. And whereas it certain appeared as if the true William was a goner after his post-credits run-in, the trailer for Season 4 would appear to point that Charlotte/Dolores has in some way saved him alive, if trapped.
Nonetheless, existence of a Man in Black host (or duplicate) does observe with the post-credits scene from the top of Season 2 the place a model of the character nonetheless existed in what was apparently some distant point in the show’s future. Talking of which…
Bernard Will get Dusty
Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard is the final individual we see within the Season 3 finale, within the second post-credits scene. As famous above, whereas Dolores had led Serac (and the viewer) to imagine that she held the important thing to accessing the Elegant, she had truly positioned it with Bernard, apparently as a result of she could not absolutely belief herself with it.
Earlier within the episode, Bernard paid a go to to Gina Torres’ character Lauren Weber, who’s now an aged lady but in addition the spouse of the late Arnold Weber, the co-creator of the hosts and the human that Bernard was based mostly on. Again in Season 1, Bernard thought he was truly a human, and a part of the trickery engineered by Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) to keep up that phantasm was the false reminiscences he had of his useless son Charlie, in addition to video calls from Lauren — or at the least the simulation of the identical. However right here Bernard had the possibility to lastly meet the older Lauren nose to nose, which was additionally a pleasant likelihood for Gina Torres to return to the position as the 2 characters mourned the lack of Charlie.
Returning to the motel the place he was hiding out with the injured host Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth), Bernard dons a VR headset to lastly entry the Elegant. After which he seemingly shuts down and the scene cuts away. However later, in that last post-credits scene of the episode, we see that Bernard comes again on-line. The one factor is, clearly a while has handed. Like, perhaps, so much of time. He is coated in mud, and it is presumably not simply common previous mud however fallout from a nuclear warfare or another catastrophe. It appears clear that the Westworld timeline has jumped far forward on this scene. In spite of everything, that is how Pleasure described the time interval that the Man in Black was in on the finish of Season 2: “Within the far, far future, the world is dramatically completely different. Fairly destroyed, because it had been.”
Fairly destroyed sounds very dusty, would not it? So what do you suppose all this implies for Westworld Season 4? Let’s focus on within the feedback!
This story orginally ran in Might of 2020. It was up to date on June 23, 2022, with the most recent details about Westworld.