HBO’s ‘Westworld,’ Season 1, Episode 7, “Trompe L’Oeil ” Recap

HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 7, the Mariposa saloon

[Image via John P. Johnson/HBO]

Welcome to my recap of HBO’s latest offering, Westworld. Here’s what I thought of Episode 7 of Season 1.

Episode 7 of Westworld opens up with Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) having a nightmare about his son and then, at work, asking Hector (Rodrigo Santoro) about his version of reality. It is really just him asking Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) about her reality all over again, except this time it is done above board. It’s like Bernard is on some kind of loop in regards to questioning the hosts. We also discover Elsie (Shannon Woodward) has been missing a while, but, no biggie, sure she’ll be okay. Um, guys, a shit could be given over here, I like Elsie.

HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 6, Elsie

“Hello? Does anyone else realise I’m missing?” [Image via John P. Johnson/HBO]

Dolores, William (Jimmi Simpson) and Lawrence (Clifton Collins Jr.) picked the boring storyline this week in Westworld. While I normally love seeing what Dolores is up to, her and William heading into the war section of Westworld is just not as interesting as all the behind the scenes stuff this week. Basically, Dolores and William have a shag, Dolores draws a picture she hasn’t drawn before and William thinks he knows who he really is. Then the Confederatos attack the train they are on and a battle ensues. Thankfully, they still have the dead host on board that is filled to the brim with explosives. So they send him into the fray to fuck things up good and proper. After a fairly decent fight scene, Dolores discovers her drawing was probably from a memory, because, hey, there it is, the thing she didn’t think was real. Now her and William want to settle down and live a happy life together. Not sure how this will affect William’s relationship with his fiance in the outside world though…

HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 7, Dolores and William looking out over the park

[Image via HBO]

Now, back ot the good stuff!

Remember Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) from last week’s episode of Westworld? Well, she is back and having 50 Shades sex with Hector outside of the theme park. So, luckily he knows nothing when it comes to seeing shit he shouldn’t, unlike poor Abernathy back in Episode 1. When she isn’t having sex, she is threatening Theresa (Sidse Babett Knudsen) about getting people fired without them  wiping the code from the park as they leave. This is really the first time something conspiratorial is set in concrete. What we know is that Delos wants Ford (Anthony Hopkins) out of they way so they can buy out the park. However, they know how dangerous Ford can be in regard to the coding of the hosts because he has pretty much set the whole place up under his exclusive control, so there is no way to get rid of him on unhappy terms. He will never be made redundant either.

HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 7, Charlotte

[Image via John P. Johnson/HBO]

However, Charlotte has a plan. Since the revelries appeared to fuck things up just nicely, she decides a demonstration of how fucked up they could become is in order. First they need a host that hasn’t had any troubles before.

Queue an image of Maeve (Thandie Newton).

Fuck! Not Maeve! Oh, wait a minute, might have over reacted there, they’re after Clementine (Angela Sarafyan). Thank god. Well, not really, I like her too, but at least it’s not Maeve. We also discover in this scene that Maeve is now so finely tuned that when the scene is frozen, she is not and has to fake it.

HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 7, Maeve realises people are coming

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Clem is brought in and “adjusted” to Charlotte’s liking. Ford and Bernard also attend the meeting and watch as Clem gets pummeled by another host. They reset her and watch again as the guy host comes in to hit her. Except, this time, she remembers thanks to the jacked up revelries and kills that host before he gets a chance to hit her again. The whole notion of hosts holding grudges is brought up.

HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 7, Clementine fucks shit up

Clem is a good little host and fucks shit up on demand [Image via HBO]

 Then they fire Bernard.

What the actual fuck?!

Apparently it is his fault the revelries weren’t completely fixed and it is “bye-bye, Bernard.” He actually takes it well. Which is strange.

He walks right out of there and catches up with Theresa later on, calling her out on the bullshit coding he could see in Clem. Bernard then takes her to Ford’s little English cottage. He is concerned about the hosts, but not because of the jacked up revelries, but because he thinks Ford has another plan.

But, before all the excitement of the final moments of Episode 7 of Westworld, let’s take a look at how Maeve is doing. She is pissed Clem was taken and gets herself killed so she can go backstage again. Felix (Leonardo Nam) is patching her up when she comes to and sends his partner from the room. Maeve wants to know where Clem is and Felix looks it up for her.

Once again, they are wandering around behind the scenes of Westworld and no one is giving an actual shit about it. Then Sylvester (Ptolemy Slocum) notices Maeve while he is decommissioning Clem and he nearly shits his pants. Later on, he explains to Maeve why he had to do it. Maeve explains right back that they are going to code her good and proper now so she can escape Westworld completely.

Now, back to the good stuff 😉

Ford’s first generation hosts are not in the cottage today, everything is dark and things are looking ominous. Theresa notices a door, and, after entering it, they discover they are in an old diagnostic centre. It looks like Ford can knock out a host in a couple of days here, if he really wanted to. Theresa finds some old prototypes of Dolores. But, hey, wait on a minute, Bernard, take a look at this…

HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 7, Theresa

That awkward moment when you realise you have been fucking a host [Image via John P. Johnson/HBO]

Holy fuck! Bernard is a host. And he utters that line about the prototype for him not “looking like anything,” just like all the other hosts do when they see shit they can’t comprehend.

Then, in walks Ford, all cocky as fuck because he really does own the world and Theresa and Delos can just go eat a big bag of dicks. And, speaking, of Theresa, it is her time to be decommissioned. No, she’s not a host, but she is completely dead. Ford instructs Bernard to do the deed and Bernard does as he is told, regardless of the fact he has previously bumped uglies with her.

Of course, the implications of this are huge. We now know that all those times Bernard has been clandestinely questioning Dolores about her reality, it has been Ford all along. It also means only a host and Dr. Ford know about Elsie being missing. Plus, literally everything in Westworld is run by Ford. There is no escaping him and his “little stories.”

What did you think of the big reveal in Episode 7 of Westworld? Let us know by commenting below!

Episode 8 (entitled “Trace Decay”) of Westworld will air on HBO on Sunday, November 20 at 9:00 PM. You can view the preview for Episode 8 below.

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