HBO’s ‘Westworld,’ Season 1, Episode 4, “Dissonance Theory” Recap

HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 4, Maeve and Hector

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Welcome to my recap of HBO’s latest offering, Westworld. Here’s what I thought of Episode 4 of Season 1.

Okay, so the synopsis for this week’s episode of Westworld made it sound way more fun than it actually was. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) is supposed to be going on a bounty hunt with William (Jimmi Simpson) and Logan (Ben Barnes). But, what that really means is Logan argues about taking Dolores along (he’d rather shoot her and let the techies clean up the mess). They compromise by placing Dolores in safe places while the boys have all the fun.

In the midst of all these shenanigans, Dolores gets a chat with Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) about being “free.” Since Dolores seems to be suspecting (thanks to her cool coding) that there is more to the world than first meets the eye, Bernard decides to put her in the “game within the game,” AKA the Maze. So, it seems, Dolores and the Man in Black are destined to cross paths again. Hope Dolores still has that gun on her!

HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 4, Armistice and the Man in Black

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Speaking of the Man in Black (Ed Harris), he meets up with Hector Escaton (Rodrigo Santoro) and Armistice (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) in Episode 4 of Westworld. Armistice has a really cool tattoo that may, or may not, have something ot do with the “game within the game.” The MiB also discusses Arnold, who is the guy Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) used to work with. So, how does the MiB know Arnold? Absolutely no idea, but it’s probably heaps important. Another connection is also mentioned here. It turns out one of the guys in Hector’s group (a human) knows the MiB from outside Westworld. He starts gushing over how awesome the Man in Black’s corporation is and that pisses him off no end. Hmmm…

Along with all this interesting information involving the Man in Black, we discover Teddy’s (James Marsden) new story involving Wyatt (Sorin Brouwers), is somehow connected to the Maze game as well. So, Teddy, the Man in Black and Dolores walk into a bar… Sorry, that’s not what happened, but it probably will at some stage now.

HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 4, Dr. Ford and Theresa

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Dr. Ford, meanwhile, is meeting up with Theresa (Sidse Babett Knudsen) for some boring office talk about how much the board are not impressed with the complications that have arisen from Ford’s latest update. Ford gives zero fucks other than to let on he knows about Theresa and Bernard’s secret relationship.

Behind the scenes of Westworld, Elsie (Shannon Woodward) is sure there is more to what is going on with the guy that bashed his own head in in Episode 3. Bernard calls her out for being a newbie and that everyone thinks the hosts are real to start with. Apparently, though, they might be able to still retrieve some data from bashed head guy. That should be interesting.

Maeve (Thandie Newton) is still struggling with her new awareness. She keeps seeing flashbacks to previous events that should have been wiped from her memory. She manages to draw a quick picture of a guy in a hazmat suit. Opening a drawer to hide it, she discovers she has already done this a whole pile of times. She then sees a child drop a toy that looks remarkably like her bio-hazard guy and asks about the group the child is with. And, so the crazy cult in the desert is introduced…

HBO's 'Westworld' Season 1, Maeve spies a toy

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This is not enough for Maeve though and she needs more information. As a result of this, Maeve speaks to Hector about it. he describes the “man who walks between worlds,” a likely reference to Arnold’s original coding where the hosts saw him as a godlike entity that spoke to them. Of course, the hosts don’t know this, but some seem to have a semblance of memory in regard to this original coding.

Maeve explains parts of her recurring visions to Hector and asks him to stab her in the guts to prove her point. Hector totally chickens out, so Maeve has to do it herself. He does oblige by poking his hand inside her wound and retrieving a bullet left over from one of her previous existences as Maeve. And so the plot thickens.

What did you think of Episode 4 of Westworld? Let us know by commenting below!

Episode 5 (entitled “Contrapasso”) of Westworld will air on HBO on Sunday, October 30 at 9:00 PM. The synopsis is below.

“Dolores, William and Logan reach Pariah, a town built on decadence and transgression, and are recruited for a dangerous mission; The Man in Black meets an unlikely ally in his search to unlock the maze.”

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