Westworld season 3 is playing out, to put it in movie script terms, like an Act 3. There’s been no confirmation from HBO that this is the last season of Lisa Happiness and Jonathan Nolan’s sci-fi epic, however the paths of hosts Dolores, Bernard, Maeve, plus the corporate entities knotted in their awakening, are all barrelling toward their life-or-death conclusion.
Unlike seasons 1 and 2, this year’s set of episodes provide less mysteries to fix, and more ethical dilemmas to confront. And now in episode 2, “The Winter Line,” a similar question lands on Maeve’s lap: does she require to be Dolores’ good friend or opponent in order to reunite with her child?
The huge questions keep the action moving at a thriller’s speed. This is Westworld, and Delight and Nolan are experts at making us look one method so we do not see the sleight of hand at work in the other direction. Exists a big expose waiting to take place in season 3?
” Expose” might eventually be the wrong word, however after episode 2, audiences may be wondering how the show is once again dabbling perspective. Or to put it in another way, the show continues to select at a crucial theme: “Have you ever questioned the nature of your truth?”
[Ed. note: this post contains major spoilers for Westworld season 3, episode 2. While HBO provided Polygon and other press with the first four episodes of the series, we only previewed episode 2, in order to keep spoilers for future episodes out of episodic coverage.]
Discussing the entire simulation thing in Westworld episode 2
Happiness and Nolan commit the full hour of episode 2 to capturing up with Maeve, who is now caught in War World.
Halfway through the episode, a glitchy Sizemore assists Maeve understand that this brand-new loop is bullshit. Her escape from Delos is bullshit. Whatever is bullshit. Her experience, as she pertains to comprehend, is a simulation conjured by an unidentified force who needs to know what Maeve understands. Having a grasp on her un-reality offers Maeve the upper hand, and she leaves her digital jail through brutal drone force. She hacks the system, controls a drone in the real world, busts her core out of containment, and goes on a full assault versus her captors. COVID-19 required No Time to Pass Away to transfer to November, but fortunately, the developers of Westworld gave us a mini James Bond film in the kind of Maeve penetrating the layers of a digital truth. Provide Thandie Newton an action franchise, you cowards.
Though assassinated during her escape, Maeve gets another shot at presence, courtesy of a shadowy new antagonist called Serac. Played by French actor Vincent Cassel, the entrepreneur admits that he presumed Maeve lagged a recent string of murders, and hoped completely replicating the reality of the Westworld park would get her to break. The strategy undoubtedly didn’t work, but it also didn’t matter! Serac is aware of Dolores, and now wants Maeve– rebuilt in the real life– to help him hound the renegade AI. She does not comply, and Serac freezes her, flexing his power over her computer brain. She’s not utilized to that.
Though the episode doesn’t use much context, we do understand what function Cassel’s character plays in the larger image of Westworld season 3. According to HBO.com, Serac (very first name, Engerraund), is a “shadowy figure with huge resources,” and “one of the designers of Rehoboam,” the very intelligence developed by Incite to algorithmically position every resident of the planet on an enhanced course.
The season 3 premiere introduced us to Liam Dempsey Jr. (John Gallagher Jr.), the kid of Incite co-founder Liam Dempsey, who likewise invented Rehoboam. Maybe Serac is another figurehead at the business, hoping to bump Junior out for dubious purposes. As a devoted audience of Westworld, I seem like I can’t even say with authority if Serac is a real person or not. After two seasons of playing fast and loose with timelines and information-delivery, Pleasure and Nolan are hammering house the idea that whatever we believe we’re seeing on screen at any provided point might be a simulation– whether it’s a park, an individual, or presence itself. The only thing I think is that I don’t rely on any of what I start to think.
Who and what is genuine in Westworld?
Here’s what we understand after episode 2:
- Ashley Stubbs, having actually never ever been a genuine person, understands his host-ness, and now on Team Bernard
- Lee Sizemore definitely died, however was recreated by Serac to deceive Maeve
- The Hector of this episode was just a simulation, but technically he might return to life as one of Dolores’ cores
- Meave’s core was obtained by Incite, plugged into a simulation, then recreated as a host in the “genuine” world by Serac
- Everyone has the capability to produce new lookalike hosts and entirely brand-new truths, so all bets are off.
Maybe a little too much like a video game. Episode 2 establishes that it’s exceptionally possible for any awareness stored in cores to get plugged into a Matrix– esque universe.
For now, Westworld has actually placed itself as a new kind of Blade Runner, a Maeve-vs. Episode 2 once again played with the element ratio to indicate planes of presence. Westworld is constantly hiding details in the margins, waiting patiently to speak the bigger fact.