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Westworld Season 2 Episode 6 Recap
Here’s the thing about Westworld Season Two: It’s starting to feel a lot like Game of Thrones.
From the beginning, fans and critics were quick to compare the show to HBO’s powerhouse fantasy series. And there wasn’t much in common between the two. except for Westworld ended up filling the gap between Game of Thrones’ absence from TV. But, midway through Season Two, the greater narrative structure of Westworld is starting to feel very much like HBO’s other hit series.
I’m talking about the pacing, which is only inching forward in small teases. On Sunday, the major developments turned out to be minor: Maeve was reunited with her daughter, Bernard voluntarily took his own brain out, William is having some family drama, and Dolores blew up a train. The problem is that all of these separate storylines are progressing at such a slow pace that it’s hard to feel like we’re watching one coherent TV show.
The main problem with “Phase Space” comes from the Shogun World arc. It concluded with Maeve leaving Musashi and Akane in a small village at the foot of a mountain. Now, it’s possible these characters will return, but the entire story feels like a meaningless detour to just include some fun Samurai fighting and gratuitous violence. It looked incredible, and introduced some excellent characters, but it’s hard to figure out where this diversion fits into the greater story. Yes, Maeve learned to use her robot wifi powers, but that could have happened in Westworld, too.
When she does meet up with her daughter, she learns that the girl had been assigned a new mother—which Maeve honestly should have seen coming. But right as they reunite, Ghost Nation attacks the small homestead and Mave is confronted by one man sho appears to be on her side. “We are meant for the same path,” the Ghost Nation dude tells her. We’ve long assumed that Ghost Nation is programmed to protect humans, but these particular hosts might be some sort of middle ground between the rebellion and humans.
The biggest development in this episode was during a small conversation between Dolores and Bernard in the opening scene. Bernard asks Dolores, “If you outgrow this place, outgrow us, what will become of you? I’m not sure it’s my choice to make.”
“No, he didn’t say that,” Dolores responds. “He said I’m not sure what choice to make.”
When Bernard says he doesn’t understand. Dolores freezes all of his motor functions and explains that this conversation is a test they’ve done countless times for “fidelity.”
The last time we saw a conversation of this type was back when William was testing the Delos host. These conversations are used to examine the precision of new robots that are based off real people. But if Dolores is testing a host Bernard, this could mean a couple of different things. We’ve long thought that Dolores might be based off an actual person, and this could be a human woman who built a Bernard host. It’s also possible that after his death within the park, Arnold was rebuilt by Dolores or at least with the help of Dolores. That would explain why she’s wearing her Westworld-style vintage clothes.
This twist changes the entire relationship between Dolores and Bernard—and also between host and human. If a host can help create another host in the image of a human, what could that mean? It’s also possible that these scenes are taking place sometime in the future, and that Dolores is building a new Bernard after her rebellion.
The other very minor twist came in the conclusion of the episode. Bernard plugs his brain into some machine to access his memories, which transports him to a scene back in Sweetwater, where he meets our old crazy lonely friend Dr. Robert Ford.
Meanwhile, Dolores’s storyline, which has really stalled in recent episodes, involves her and Teddy moving forward with their train plan, whatever that is. Teddy is a dick now, which is kind of a bummer, but at least more useful for Dolores’s plan. He randomly shoots people, he picks up a bullet instead of the can that he always handed to Dolores. RIP Good Teddy, which I guess we can add to this season’s Teddy Death Count™.
Elsewhere, William is having a little family reunion with his daughter. Things aren’t going well! At first she thinks she’s a host designed to look like his daughter, but then they have a nice father-daughter conversation where she apologizes for blaming their mother’s suicide on him. It seems like they’ve had a healthy Maury moment, except he abandons her in the middle of a robot theme park alone surrounded by a bunch of rogue killer robots. This family is fucked up.
If anything, this episode, the weakest of the season so far, sets us up for an eventful Season Seven.