The role (or roles) that Westworld star Jeffrey Wright agreed to take on when he signed up for the HBO hit is undoubtedly one of the most complex that we’ve seen on the show thus far. Not only is Wright tasked with portraying Bernard, the troubled host who spirals into his own mind, filled with troubled memories (both real and fabricated), and emerging as a self-aware machine. He also must assume the role of Arnold, the park’s co-creator who had his own set of moral and ethical dilemmas as he and Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) tweaked and perfected their android creations.
In a recent interview with TheWrap, Wright opens up about how his character (err, characters) serves the show’s viewers. “Bernard is a touchstone that helps build bridges between the world of the Old West and the futuristic world,” says Wright. “In a way, he’s sort of a subtle Mad Hatter leading the audience through all these rabbit tunnels.”
The comparison of Bernard to Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter is certainly a fitting one – both are seemingly on the brink of spiraling into madness at any point. Fans will also recall that in Bernard’s cornerstone memory with his dying son, he reads a passage from Alice in Wonderland out loud that quotes the Mad Hatter himself. Is it a coincidence then that Wright specifically chooses the Hatter as his comparison for Bernard?
Wright also discusses (in vague terms) what fans can expect in terms of character developments during the upcoming second season:
“We only had the backstory of [Michael] Crichton’s film and the imaginations of our writers. Now, a lot of the crypticism has been lifted, and I think the audience is ready to understand who these characters are and where they are in deeper ways that will pull them further.”
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