“Doesn’t Look Like Anything To Leigh… And Bill” is HuffPost’s weekly “Westworld” recap through which we break down the craziest factor you may need missed. This week: Season 2, Episode four, “The Riddle of the Sphinx.”
We sphinx you higher sit down for this, “Westworld” followers, as a result of holy moly right here comes the Man in Black.
Viewers have been questioning whether or not there was a secret worth to the Westworld and Westworld-adjacent parks since Season 1, and Sunday night time’s episode, “The Riddle of the Sphinx,” lastly gave us some solutions.
It seems William/the Man in Black (Jimmi Simpson/Ed Harris) and his firm Delos have been growing a technique to prolong human life, and their check topic is none aside from the late founder, James Delos (Peter Mullan).
The analysis on placing human consciousness into robots apparently began quickly after the Delos firm took over the park. In a scene from Season 2, Episode 2, that takes place previously, William tells a sick and retiring James Delos vaguely that “issues are progressing” however that James must have extra persistence.
Now, in current time, Android James, who has the consciousness of the long-dead human James in his mind capsule, is holed up in an underground facility. It’s an analogous one to ― if not the identical one as ― the power that Delos govt director Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) confirmed Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) within the Season 2 premiere.
Over the final 30 years or so, James’ son-in-law William, together with a workforce of Delos engineers, have been monitoring Android James whereas he’s in captivity. Each day, Android James completes the identical mundane duties ― exercising, showering, getting ready his espresso. But all through Episode four, we watch as iteration after iteration of this robotic malfunctions for numerous causes, forcing the workforce to reconstruct the droid many times. William, who ages from Jimmi Simpson to Ed Harris throughout this trial interval, visits sporadically, “testing” whether or not Android James is prepared for the skin world. He by no means is.
“It goes proper in keeping with human error form of snowballing right into a disaster,” Simpson informed HuffPost. “It’s clearly what was not got down to be finished, however that’s what ended up taking place. It could possibly be thought-about a promoting level at one level and it finally ends up torturing the thought of this man’s soul for his complete life. So yeah, it doesn’t shock me that issues went unhealthy and acquired complicated.”
Of course, if and when the brand new expertise is profitable, Charlotte and firm could have cheated demise, giving (very wealthy) individuals the possibility to stay without end. This is maybe why the company wanted to get the android Peter Abernathy (Louis Herthum) safely out of the park: He would possibly comprise the DNA or consciousness of the true James Delos. (Read all about that here.)
But wait, there’s extra. Bernard, an android who’s coping with his personal psychological deficiencies within the current timeline, comes to comprehend he’d beforehand been working in the identical lab the place Android James Delos has been. But Bernard was engaged on one other human-android ― whose identification continues to be a thriller.
Other revelations from the episode included the return of Elsie (Shannon Woodward). Bernard, underneath the management of the park’s co-creator Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins), had apparently attacked her and stored her prisoner in a cave this entire time.
Oh, and Grace (Katja Herbers), whom we met in Season 2, Episode 3, when she escapes a robotic tiger someday within the interval after the park’s android hosts revolted, is definitely the Man in Black’s daughter. Actor Clifton Collins Jr., who performs the host Lawrence, informed HuffPost that this specific reveal signified one of many extra relatable moments on the present.
“I believe we’ve all had that pal the place we’re like, ‘Oh, I simply discovered I had a child.’ I believe it’s a kind of moments,” Collins stated with amusing. “I’ve my very own daughter too, don’t overlook, so there’s the heaviness of that too. So it’s the gorgeous steadiness of comedy and tragedy. Whether it’s on the floor or deep under the road or earlier scenes main as much as it, the desk’s definitely set for that form of stuff.”
On whether or not we’ll see extra of William’s relationship together with his daughter, Simpson stayed mum however teased, “There’s extra data coming, undoubtedly.”
As wild as this episode was, even greater reveals seem like on the best way.
In Season 2, Episode 2, the Man in Black informed Lawrence, “Dead isn’t what it was once.” It’s a line that’s had followers speculating in regards to the characters we thought have been useless (Ford, for instance) or the hosts we noticed floating in a mysterious physique of water in Season 2, Episode 1 (e.g., Teddy).
“For the present, clearly, [that line]is speaking in regards to the countless choices we now have to increase life, whether or not it’s organic or synthetic,” Simpson stated, with Collins calling the phrase “a juicy one.”
“My thoughts goes to so many various locations. I suppose you’re going to have to attend and see, pal. … It’ll be most likely greater than possible Episode eight.”
With all this in thoughts, listed below are some questions we count on to be answered in future episodes:
Are the supposedly useless hosts coming again to life?
Robots don’t keep “useless” for lengthy in Westworld. So, the truth that we see Teddy (James Marsden) and a military of droids floating in what seems to be a lake within the Season 2 premiere means little if something within the grand scheme of issues. This second comes round two weeks after the hosts initially revolted, and far of the season thus far seems to be main us to find how this occurred.
It appears doable that these bots will get up and take down the remainder of Delos’ workforce, with the assistance of lead schemer Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), after all.
“They could possibly be in a pool of stasis with ‘Cocoon’-like energy-giving gel working via it. Maybe Wilford Brimley [who stars in the 1985 sci-fi movie ‘Cocoon’]is a kind of individuals and he’s about to come back out and kick ass,” Simpson joked. “Each factor they [creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy] reveal there’s one thing to the rationale why they have been doing it, you simply don’t know why but. You really feel the significance.”
Is anybody who we predict they’re?
The reply to this query is, meh, most likely not.
You can by no means be too certain about somebody’s identification on “Westworld,” however after the scenes that includes Android James Delos, it’s clear mind capsules might be transplanted into any robotic physique you need.
One idea means that the Bernard we noticed on the seashore within the Season 2 premiere is actually Teddy in a Bernard physique.
We noticed a number of Bernard robots within the trailer; Bernard’s scar the place he shot himself in Season 1 appears to fade and reappear at numerous occasions; and within the “Westworld” Rickroll video from the creators, we acquired a glimpse of Bernard using on the prepare, very similar to Teddy would.
Are Ford or Arnold alive?
We know one other humanoid robotic is probably going making an look, so who might or not it’s?
Viewers watched Ford die within the Season 1 finale, however rumor has it that’s not the final we’ll see of him. It’s doable the brand new human-android that Bernard is engaged on is a robotic Anthony Hopkins.
Let’s face it, given all of the messages Ford appears to get via to William by way of hosts, it already looks like he’s alive in some capability. Why can’t he come again as robotic Ford?
Arnold Weber, the human inspiration for Bernard, is another choice.
In the trailer for Season 2, we noticed a number of Bernard robots, which could possibly be a number of Arnolds if you consider it. Maybe it’s Arnold who’s set to come back again to life utilizing this new mind capsule improvement.
“We’ll provide the solutions and also you’ll go, ‘Oh my God it’s even higher than I believed!’” Simpson stated.
Dead isn’t what it was once in any case.
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