Sidse Babett Knudsen Reflects on Her Westworld Character’s Death Scene; Tessa Thompson Talks about Season 2’s Shift in Power

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The wound of drawing a blank at this past Sunday’s Primetime Emmys is still fresh, no doubt about it. Of course, the shows that did win big certainly did so on their own merit, but even so, it feels like Westworld succumbed to robbery at the hands of the Academy’s voters.

That being said, no one can take away from the incredible performances of the first season cast. Among this talented group of individuals is Sidse Babett Knudsen, who brilliantly portrayed Theresa Cullen, the Head of Quality Assurance who stumbles upon a scheme that ultimately costs the character her life. While Knudsen was not nominated for her portrayal of Theresa, that by no means takes away from the fact that she played the character incredibly well.

Knudsen recently found time to sit down with Independent to discuss some of her upcoming projects, and during this conversation, she couldn’t help but reminisce about her time on Westworld, and more specifically, her character’s final moments.

When asked what it was like to act alongside the legendary Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Ford) during her character’s death scene, Knudsen offered the following:

“I was completely high after that scene when [Dr. Ford] ultimately kills me… it was fantastic. He really is the greatest – very generous, very musical, great contact. And of course he was a lovely man… exceptional. I met him and immediately we started talking about important things. He doesn’t mess around with small talk.”

Now the big question is…could we ever see Theresa return to Delos as a host?


In other news, Tessa Thompson (Charlotte Hale) spoke with Elle on the red carpet during the Emmys pre-show to discuss the role that the women of Westworld will be playing in the upcoming second season.

According to Thompson, the ladies who begun their ascent to power during the first season have no plans on stopping:

“It really is a season where I think women are king. I think they rule the world in the park this season. It’s kind of all about the women and I think it might be a very feminist show as a matter of fact.”

While Charlotte has maintained quite a bit of power from the start as a member of the Delos board, according to Thompson, it’s really the female hosts that will exact revenge on the powers that kept them chained up for so long. The actress notes that Maeve (Thandie Newton) in particular, who withstood years of punishment as the madam of Sweetwater’s brothel, is set to take her power back. “You see them as sort of objects, like Thandie Newton’s character who works in a brothel and can be had whenever people want her,” says Thompson. “This season you see her taking that entirely back and she’ll have anyone that she wants.”

With all this empowerment spread across different characters (both human and android), it will be interesting to see how they all interact and perhaps even how they might cooperate to achieve their goals.

What do you think is destined for Westworld‘s leading ladies this upcoming season? Do you think there’s a chance we could see Theresa in host form sometime in the future? Let us know!

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