Westworld Post Mortem of “Virtù e Fortuna”

Dolores and Bernard Westworld

Another Westworld episode has come and gone. Our minds are still spinning with the introduction of new characters and parks, the return of favorites Armistice, Peter, and Felix (sorry Sylvester), and Dolores’ surprise betrayal. While we wait another week to see what happens next, let’s take a look at another round of interviews and videos!

Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy) reveals to The Hollywood Reporter that Dolores has embraced her Wyatt persona with a vengeance. “For me, Wyatt is in full form in episode three. The turn she takes at the end of the battle is really jarring, not just because it’s so gruesome, but because of the way her mind works. This is when you’re really seeing the mastermind behind the killings and the manipulations to get the job done, and the way she’s having to think, and how terrifying it actually is. She’s highly tactical and unpredictable.” She adds, “You never really know when she’s telling the truth or not. She’s kind of a wild card.”

Her dark turn appeared to test Teddy’s loyalty – he doesn’t seem to approve of her tactics. Wood explains, “Not only is she killing humans, she’s also using hosts in a way to advance her situation. If there’s casualties? There’s casualties. She’s willing to risk that and to use it. It shows you that she’s completely ruthless and she’s on a mission. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to get out.” Will Teddy continue to stand by her or will he defect? Will Dolores take him out of the equation herself? Time will tell.

Read the rest at THR.

Dolores and Teddy Westworld

Speaking of Teddy, James Marsden shares his thoughts about his character with Telstra ExchangeMarsden discusses Teddy’s storyline in season one, and how things have changed for him now. “Teddy has the dubious distinction of being the fastest gun in the West, but none of his bullets work on the humans – which is an unfortunate place to be in. But I do think that he, sort of, beyond that, is the moral center of the show. You’re going to see a lot more of that in season two; there are certain virtues that he lives by that remain intact, even past them being encoded in him.”

So will Teddy be true to his values, or to his love and for Dolores? Marsden declines to answer but says, “He is free to live by his own narrative, and I think what’s going to be interesting is seeing who he chooses to be now that he’s not at the hand of someone else. So, the whipping boy thing, obviously we look at the first season and go, “oh, poor Teddy” – just as he’s starting to gain understanding, he’s killed off.” Hopefully that won’t be his fate this time around, but after the season premiere things aren’t looking good.

Head here for the full interview.

Dolores and Peter Abernathy Westworld

Sunday’s episode also gave us the rather bittersweet reunion of Dolores and her father, Peter Abernathy (Louis Herthum). Herthum explains his character’s situation with Thrillist. “Peter is acting the way he is because he’s got all of that data inside of him, and the size of that data – ’35 years of vitally important data’ – is more than the host constructs. It’s the data that they got from the guests as well. Behavioral type stuff? DNA files, I guess?” He adds, “When they downloaded all of that, I don’t think this made the final cut, but Charlotte Hale told Sizemore that he’d only have about 5 megabytes left to give Peter a personality. That’s all that would fit.” No wonder poor Peter is having a rough time!

Herthum also teases the importance of a phrase he says to Dolores back in season one. “In episode two of this season, William says to Dolores, ‘I think there is an answer in here to a question no one’s ever dreamed of asking,'” and Peter, he had said [back in season one], ‘I had a question… a question you’re not supposed to ask – which gave me an answer you’re not supposed to know.’ That’s when he says, ‘Would you like to know the qu-qu-question?’ William saying something very similar to Dolores this season. That is key, somehow. I don’t know how, though. I don’t know!” He laughs, ”I don’t get many notes.” Peter may be even more important than we think…

The entire article is well worth a read, so check it out here.

Maeve and Hector Westworld

We saw another reunion this episode – that of Hector (Rodrigo Santoro) and Armistice (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal), as she brought techs Felix (Leonardo Nam) and Sylvester (Ptolemy Slocum) back into the picture. Santoro shares more information on their characters’ journey through the park with MetroUK

“We had a blast doing that episode. I’m not going to spill the beans for you because it’s no fun, but it was literally like diving into a completely different dimension,” Santoro explains. “When we visit other worlds, there’s a lot to be said in terms of the philosophy of Westworld. It’s never just ‘oh here’s this’…we worked with different timelines and there’s always parallel subjects being discussed in every scene.” He adds, “So this one specifically there’s a lot going on and it’s beautiful.”

Santoro also touches upon his character’s relationship with Maeve, saying, “The dynamic of their relationship will be evolving throughout the season but there’s something broader about their relationship.” He declines to give details about what that means, instead cryptically admitting, “When you get to the end you will understand what’s going on.” Let’s hope so!

Go to MetroUK for more.

Raj World

Finally, episode director Richard Lewis talks new worlds and host programming in an interview with Entertainment Weekly Lewis describes the work that went into creating the new Raj park, saying, “We wanted to create an opulence in the color palette. Instead of that dusty feel, one that’s a bit more pristine sense about the place. Much of that was achieved in the art direction, costuming, and locations that we picked.” He also give more details about the specific location they were emulating. “The place where The Raj takes place is Rajasthan. The forests are not particularly jungle-y, they’re like what you saw. And so I just wanted a little bit of green, and thank God we had great greens people brought in, but it was a challenge to shoot it in December in Southern California.”

Lewis goes on to share insight into what’s happening to the hosts as they move toward sentience. “Maeve upped her intelligence levels, and she now seems to have this psychic ability to control other hosts – which because of what happens in the park goes on the fritz a bit, as you can see in the sequence in the river.” He adds, “In regards to Teddy, he clearly does not know who Peter Abernathy is, and he’s met him many times. So he was reset and wiped. He’s lagging behind the other hosts in terms of what he remembers and what he doesn’t.” Poor Teddy always seems to be the loser, even when he’s no longer programmed to be. Perhaps that will change as the season progresses.

Check out the full article here.

This week’s “Inside the Episode” gives us a look into Fort Forlorn Hope, as showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan  along with several cast and crew members  discuss Dolores’ reunion with her father, as well as her relationship to the Confederados and that big battle sequence.

And in case you missed it, check out the teaser for the next episode, “The Riddle of the Sphinx,” below:

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