It’s been a long week but the weekend is almost here – and with it, another Westworld episode! Get ready with a new batch of photos for “The Mother of Exiles,” courtesy of HBO. The episode is written by Jordan Goldberg and Lisa Joy, with Paul Cameron directing, and the synopsis is “The truth doesn’t always set you free.”
The title of the episode comes from the sonnet “The New Colossus” written by Emma Lazarus in 1883 to raise money to construct a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. It begins “Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, / With conquering limbs astride from land to land; / Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand / A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame / Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name / Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand / Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command / The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.”
The New Colossus is Lady Liberty – a symbol of hope, shelter, and welcome refuge – who is contrasted with the ancient Colossus of Rhodes – a symbol of conquest, decadence, and dominion. Is Dolores now Lady Liberty? Will she lead the humans out of bondage and oppression under Serac (Vincent Cassel) and Rehoboam? Not if Serac has anything to say about it, and if he gets Maeve on his side Dolores will have a much more difficult road ahead.
That’s assuming he can truly bend Maeve (Thandie Newton) to his will…a Herculean feat at best.
The Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) of season three is still ruthless, but also kinder, gentler – and persuasive. If anyone can get Maeve to switch teams, she can.
Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) is also out to stop Dolores, but she could possibly change his mind as well. It appears someone is confronting him here – is it Dolores, or perhaps Maeve? Both may wonder where his loyalties lie.
Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) meets with William (Ed Harris). Will he recognize her for what she truly is? Is this even real, or is it a simulation (see below)?
William appears to be confronting an intruder in his home – the key word being “appears.” We see him in the trailer once in what appears to be a dark cell-like room where Dolores pays him a visit, and another time strapped to a chair in a bright white padded room with a metal device in his mouth.
Does Dolores have him captive somewhere? Does he have a mouth implant, and could Dolores use it to torture him with hallucinations? I wouldn’t put it past her. It would definitely explain the post credits scene with his daughter Emily at the end of season two. And in William’s case, I doubt any amount of truth would ever set him free…
This photo of Dolores and Caleb (Aaron Paul) and the one at the top of the article are likely connected, because they are wearing the same clothes. Here, it appears Caleb is meeting with someone as Dolores tags along – is he arranging care for his mother? Dolores has the money to help him pay for it. In the top photo, both look concerned, like someone may be following them. If Caleb is being hunted, any connection to his mother would definitely expose his position and draw the predators straight to him.
Did you notice anything we missed? What are you looking forward to in the next episode? Let us know in the comments!