It was less than two months ago that Westworld first arrived on our screens. In that period, we’ve seen nine episodes, witnessed our favorite characters die a thousand times, and spun more wild theories than we can count anymore. Speculation has developed into hard suspicion, and been confirmed – or debunked. For every question that’s been answered, three more remain, and every fact spawns new questions about this strange world that draws in everyone, hosts and creators alike. It would take seasons to explore all the world-building curiosities and philosophical avenues of Westworld.
But there’s only one episode left this year. So, what’s in store for us in “The Bicameral Mind,” this Sunday’s season finale?
HBO’s official episode description reads:
Ford (Anthony Hopkins) unveils his bold new narrative; Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) embraces her identity; Maeve (Thandie Newton) sets her plan in motion.
The season one finale is written by series creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan and is directed by Nolan.
HBO has also released a promising preview video and four episode photos (including the one above), packed with hints for the finale. If you’re a spoiler-phobe, stop here!
“Stories help us become the people we dreamed of being,” Ford explains as he prepares to unveil his new narrative – but why does something so simple sound sinister? The video promises a tense confrontation between Dolores and her tormentor, the Man in Black (Ed Harris), with the man being dragged into the church. We can also expect to see Maeve making a move to escape Westworld, with the help of a few friends. But will it succeed? Can anyone break free of Westworld?
HBO released four finale images to whet your appetites this week.
In the first, we spy Teddy (James Marsden) with a town full of bodies. In the trailer, Teddy can be seen firing his gun at one man in the town, but is he responsible for the entire massacre, or did he have help?
In the next photo, Dolores and the Man in Black travel through a cemetery; the belled grave in front ominously reads “Dolores Abernathy.” A morbid touch on the part of the park-builders, a memorial to an earlier version of the host, or is Dolores having mixed-memory visions again?
The last photo: we see Maeve in the facility with host outlaws Hector (Rodrigo Santoro) and Armistice (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal), and Delos butcher Felix (Leonardo Nam) along for the ride, as usual. The hosts are dressed as human employees; that, combined with their actions in the episode preview, confirms they’re striking back at their creators in a big way in the season finale.