Westworld Episode 1.7 Recap: Who's Pulling the Strings?
Holy unbelievable messed up sci-fi, Westworld. That just happened. Normally we wouldn't bother to say this, but if you have not watched episode 7 of Westworld yet titled Trompe L'Oeil, do NOT read this article. Go watch it, then come back. Because we have some serious stuff to talk about. That said, let's dig in, shall we?
Okay so let's talk about the elephant in the room. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and William (Jimmi Simpson) are in love! Isn't that sweet you guys? No, but really. Yes, hat is happening but we should probably talk about how Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) is a robot and that he definitely killed Theresa (Sidse Babett Knudsen). Oh, and it was Dr. Robert (Anthony Hopkins) that made him do it. So yeah, robots are killing people now. Guess all manner of fluid is about to hit the fan in Westworld, eh?
Digging into that a little more, that corporate person named Charlotte (Tessa Thompson), who likes to bang robots in her spare time, was there and talked to Theresa before her untimely demise at the hands of her former robot lover. Drama, right?! During that conversation, we learned that the board and the company behind the park are definitely planning to push Dr. Robert out, or at least they were planning on it. And they clearly have bigger plans for the technology being used in Westworld that stretch far beyond running a messed up, futuristic cowboys and Indians amusement park. They even went so far as to stage that mess with Clementine (Angela Sarafyan). That didn't go so well, because Dr. Robert and our new robot buddy Bernard saw right through it. Not only that, but (Charlotte) spoke of making a "blood sacrifice" of sorts and I don't think any of us thought that actually meant Theresa. Though, in hindsight, it was kind of obvious. But the way in which it went down was truly tragic and one of the best, if not the single best moment of the series so far.
Also, in the process, we discovered that Dr. Robert is seriously in control over pretty much everything. Way more than we realized. He is and has been building his own hosts in that creepy basement for decades and has a serious God complex going on. There is no telling what the fallout will be from Theresa's death, but I think we can all agree that Anthony Hopkins is acting his way right into an Emmy nomination, if not a win. As for Bernard, there is so much to say. It is clear that Dr. Robert is pulling the strings, but is he the one arranging those conversations with Dolores? Or is Bernard going rogue in that respect as well? We have no idea. But the revelation that Bernard is a robot really does change everything. It was also pretty messed up that Dr. Robert gave him that tragic dead son backstory. Why? Why would you do that, Dr. Robert? Also, we still don't know what Arnold's deal is, but he keeps coming up and for an (allegedly) dead guy he sure is relevant, isn't he?
We could talk about this whole Bernard/Dr. Robert situation all day, but there are more matters to attend to after this week's episode, brilliantly titled "Trompe L'Oeil", which actually means "visual illusion in art." Kind of cool, right? Considering that speech that Dr. Robert gave. Now, jokes aside, we did get to catch back up with Dolores and William this week on their mysterious train adventure with Lawrence (Clifton Collins Jr.). Outside of learning that they are venturing into truly unknown and dangerous territory, Dolores and William finally broke that sexual tension wide open in a big, passionate way. Easily the most romantic and least weird, or maybe most weird, sex we have seen on Westworld so far. As sweet as their relationship is, it is ultimately going to be super tragic because Dolores is still a robot at the end of the day. She makes that easy to forget at times and much like Pinnochio wanted to be a real boy, there is going to come that moment where Dolores wants to become a real girl and she simply can't. This will end badly.
In any case, the new happy couple decided to part ways with Lawrence after they found that territory that Dolores creepily drew before they ever saw the place. But as Lawrence warned, nobody has ever made it back from where they are venturing, so it will be super interesting to see where that path leads them. We also got some sweet cowboy action with those Confederate soldiers attacking the train. Seriously, how cool was the human (robot) horse bomb? Aside from that, is anyone else starting to find it odd that William's story is seemingly so separated from any of the other major character's storylines at this point? That has to be something.
As for the robot who we all kind of thought was going to kill a human first, Maeve (Thandie Newton) seemed to be exploring her newly upgraded features. The main thing to take away is that she is straight up planning on escaping Westworld and she is willing to kill if she has to in order to make that happen. This was evidenced by that pretty cryptic and amazing speech she gave to those technicians, who she currently has by the balls. After seeing Clementine get decommissioned, it is no surprise that Maeve is realizing if she wants to explore what the meaning of life can be, she needs to get out of there. She has absolutely nothing to lose, and that could be potentially very dangerous for anything, or anyone who gets in her way. Can you say bloodbath?
The Man in Black (Ed Harris) and Teddy (James Marsden) were absent this week. All we can do is wonder if they have made any progress in terms of finding the maze. Hopefully we will get to catch up with them and hopefully we can find out what happened to Elsie (Shannon Woodward), because she is still missing and may be dead at this point. We'll have to wait and see how this shakes out when Westworld returns next Sunday on HBO.