Westworld Rewind: Episode 6, “The Adversary”

Dr Ford and Yound Ford on Westworld

At the end of episode 5, “Contrapasso,” Maeve (Thandie Newton) shocks Felix (Leonardo Nam) by waking up – again! – and telling him they need to chat. In episode 6, “The Adversary,” Maeve goes beyond just talking and begins to take matters into her own hands, dragging Felix and Sylvester (Ptolemy Slocum) along for the ride.

We also see the continuation of Elsie (Shannon Woodward) and Bernard’s (Jeffrey Wright) investigation into the stray host, Dr. Ford’s (Anthony Hopkins) work on his new narrative, and Teddy (James Marsden) and the Man in Black’s (Ed Harris) search for Wyatt. Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) makes her first appearance, while Theresa (Sidse Babett Knudsen) plots against Ford.

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New Video Posted on the Discover Westworld Website May Contain Clues for Season 2!

Discover Westworld Website

The Westworld marketing team is at it again with an update to the Discover Westworld website. In an effort to promote the new Westworld Experience Center opening at San Diego Comic Con – billed as an “immersive experience” – there is a new video on display as you enter the site. Of course, there are some interesting tidbits to unpack aside from promoting the center, so let’s take a look!

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Westworld’s Casting Director on Avoiding Spoilers and Finding Star Power for Season 2

Dr. Robert Ford on Westworld

As Westworld’s second season begins production, the Huffington Post brings us an interview with casting director John Papsidera. A veteran with over 20 years in the industry, Papsidera has won two Emmys and has been involved in casting several blockbusters. With his level of experience comes confidence in his discretion, especially for a secretive project like Westworld. “That’s a unique thing, and to me, that’s the reward…to have those relationships and ultimately have people trust you.”

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Luke Hemsworth Starts His Season 2 Filming “Later This Month”!

Stubbs Westworld

Westworld breakout Luke Hemsworth has quickly become a favorite of the show’s fandom, having done an excellent job portraying Ashley Stubbs, Delos’s Head of Security. A big part of this no doubt comes from the character’s even temper, paired with a dry and sarcastic sense of humor, which most notably emerges during his banter with Elsie Hughes (Shannon Woodward).

That being said, when we last see Stubbs in season one, he’s out in the park by himself surrounded by a band of Ghost Nation hosts, who seem to be out for blood. This has inevitably caused a healthy bit of skepticism as to whether we’ll see the character again next season, or if this predicament spells a certain death.

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Westworld Season 1 Blu-Ray & DVD Release Date Announced!

Westworld Season 1 Disc Package

After what has seemed like much too long a wait, HBO has finally announced the Blu-Ray and DVD release of the first season of Westworld.

However, this isn’t your standard disc release. As reported by Den of Geek via films_at_home, HBO is making history with this release by also including a 4K Ultra HD disc set! This marks the first television show to ever get a 4K release along with standard Blu-Ray and DVD formats, and I must say, I cannot think of a more worthy series to blaze this trail of technological history.

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Westworld Rewind: Episode 5, “Contrapasso”

Contrapasso_William & Dolores

The end of episode 4, “Dissonance Theory”, comes with Maeve’s (Thandie Newton) exclamation that she’s “not crazy”, prompted by the bullet she and Hector (Rodrigo Santoro) find in her abdomen. This revelation is certainly good news for her, as it confirms the suspicions she’s been having about her not-so-Sweet(water) world. However, this awakening moment only serves to cause trouble for the park’s human staff, whose job it is to keep the hosts chained to their loops.

In episode 5, “Contrapasso”, we see the journey towards android consciousness progress even further, particularly with Maeve and Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood). For Maeve, her newfound confidence provides her with a clear perspective, whereas with Dolores, we see her continuously struggle to make sense of the inner monologue and frequent flashbacks, both of which seem to be growing stronger within her.

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Westworld at San Diego Comic-Con, Plus 2 New Pop! Vinyl Figurines!

SDCC Westworld Panel

HBO has just announced via a press release that Westworld will be holding a panel and autograph signing at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con!

The panel, moderated by Reggie Watts, is taking place on Saturday, July 22nd, beginning at 4:15pm in Hall H, and will include the following cast and crew: co-creators / showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, Ben Barnes (Logan), Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Armistice), Ed Harris (Man in Black), Luke Hemsworth (Stubbs), James Marsden (Teddy), Thandie Newton (Maeve), Simon Quarterman (Lee Sizemore), Rodrigo Santoro (Hector), Angela Sarafyan (Clementine), Jimmi Simpson (William), Tessa Thompson (Charlotte), Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores), Shannon Woodward (Elsie), and Jeffrey Wright (Bernard).

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Cinematographer Robert McLachlan Reflects on Working with “Incredibly Secretive” Showrunners and Reveals His Favorite Scene

Contrapasso_William & Dolores

It’s no secret that co-creators / showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are secretive when it comes to Westworld. Not only have they consistently given very little information about the upcoming season, but we’ve also come to understand through various cast and crew interviews that the majority of the people working on the show were kept in the dark throughout the first season’s production process.

Cinematographer Robert McLachlan, who assumed the role of Director of Photography for “The Stray” (1.3), “Contrapasso” (1.5), “The Adversary” (1.6), and “Trace Decay” (1.8), found himself among the crew who were given just enough information to perform their jobs. McLachlan recently found time to speak with Vulture about the show, including how Nolan and Joy’s secrecy proved to be an effective tactic.

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