Jason Kehe, Senior Associate Editor: Individuals, PEOPLE. If Season 1 had been wading into the sea water, Season 2 was unexpected drop-off. You understand, that place where the reassuring sandbank abruptly gives way to nothingness and you don’t have any idea if there is a floor anymore whatsoever. But you then find a tiny patch of stones. Cuts your toes a bit, but it’s solid. Or a pleasant warm place. Can I urine, or is that a present from the water gods? This truly energizes me, I have to say. There are not too many shows on TV where you are totally, comprehensively confused a lot of the time–understanding all the time the founders are right there with you, treading water from the sea!
Westworld Recap, Season Two Episode 8: The Fantastic Ghost Country Mystery
YOU GOTTA HAND it to HBO: Their displays understand how to deliver volatile endings. However irregular the season of tv that came before it, the finales are constantly blue-fire-breathing game-changers. They might not always be narratively-warranted or cogent, however they’re explosive.
Which brings us to the ending of Westworld Season two. After what felt like nine hours of exposition after the host revolt in the end of Season 1 and during the present one, the revolution’s leader, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), along with its own inadvertent architect, Bernard/Digital Ghost of Ford (Jeffrey Wright), delivered a number of the hosts off to Host Valhalla and got them from Westworld. Oh, and the Person in Black (Ed Harris) obtained a enormous ol’ dose of fact. (Does one of this make sense?
The finale was not any different–half of it was spent The Forge using Dolores and Bernard in mind scanners, immersed in a simulation run by Logan Delos (Ben Barnes), who informs them that people are foreseeable and could be decreased to a couple thousand lines of code. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Everything came later, however, was a real action. Bernard murdered Dolores! Bernard realized he had made a massive mistake and brought her back in the kind of Delos shill Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson)! She got from Westworld and moved to Arnold’s home! Literally everybody is a deus ex machina! OK, jokes aside, I loved this end. I really don’t understand that it paid off the season, but I must confess I had been cheering Dolores-Hale because her strategy came together. Additionally, I sort of loved that if she made to Arnold’s home she made a brand new version of her past self and maintained the Hale one. In case the future is just one dominated by Evan Rachel Wood, Tessa Thompson, also (possibly ) Jeffrey Wright, then I, for one, welcome our newest host overlords. What about you men?
Angela Watercutter, Senior Associate Editor: As I am Certain you’ve all seen over the last few weeks, I am something of a Westworld skeptic. I have not just loved this year and I am not 100 convinced all this installment is really going anyplace . I like the performances and concepts, I simply struggle with investing inside. It is a wise show, but the founders seem to believe that creating a cerebral play only entails spending a great deal of time literally at the minds of its own cast. Seriously, the number of scenes this year featured a tight shot Jeffrey Wright as we saw him furtively attempt to clean up his own code or recall a few long forgotten nugget of advice?
Sandra Upson, Senior Editor: I’ve been the sole person online who did not mind all of the simulation worlds. Bring the worlds within worlds!
My primary criticism with Season 2 was too many characters appeared frozen in position. Dolores with her Machiavellian series was the worst offender. (The shot of her curled up next to Teddy’s dead body has been the very relatable she had been all year.) Notice: LOL.] However Hale, also, never designed –I do not believe we heard a new thing about her till she obtained robo-fied. Additionally, do we just have a moment to be grateful that Bernard eventually includes a new mind? We are done using all the disoriented muttering and head-holding, which sensed cartoon-y all year.
Watercutter: Jason, I do not blame you. That is also where I began to lose my excitement.
Westworld Recap, Season Two Episode 10: What Can Be Actual?
It turned out to be a whiplash-inducing, extra-long incident that completely rebooted the show for an entire new story in Season 3. To attempt and wrap our minds around what exactly occurred WIRED convened a council of Westworld guests–editors and authors Angela Watercutter, Jason Kehe, Jason Parham, Ellen Airhart, and Westworld recapper Sandra Upson–to dissect the last tick-tock of this series’s second season.