So, let’s have a look at what happened in Episode 2 (titled “Reunion”) of HBO’s Westworld Season 2.
Arnold Loves Dolores and Logan Has No Idea
We get to wander a while in Arnold’s (Jeffrey Wright) world back before he was dead and replaced by Bernard. Here, we see his interactions with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and I am pretty sure he has feelings for her. Already, the lines are blurred between humans and hosts, and hosts haven’t even become a thing yet.
While Arnold is not ready to let Dolores mingle, the rest of the newly made hosts are put in a room and Logan (Ben Barnes) is told to pick which one is the host. Well, joke’s on you honey, they are all hosts and I’m pretty sure that was my fave part of this episode.Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of information presented in Episode 2 of Westworld Season 2. However, I was just … bored. I’m not even sure why I didn’t like it. All the elements were there. We got flashbacks and so much story dump that I should have been ecstatic. But, in reality *sighs*
But, I digress.
In these early scenes of before Westworld was even a park, we get to see the hosts in their early stages. Dolores keeps looping back to the same line and the audience is reminded that she is really just a robot at that point in time.
We are also introduced fully to the fact that Dolores, who is totally woke in the present day timeline and has access to absolutely all of her stored data, is just sitting around soaking up information in all of the timelines. Now, we just have to wait and see what she does with it all.
Along with this, we also learn that Logan’s dad is likely sick and dying and, gee, wouldn’t it be nice if there was something that could fix this. Like, oh, I don’t know, that DNA collecting Bernard saw in the present day timeline in Episode 1 of Westworld. And so the cloning theory was fleshed out some more.
Westworld Goes From Concept to Nearly Bankrupt
So, we get to see the rush to get financial supporters for Westworld, and then, oh look, now the park is going broke. William (Jimmi Simpson) is also making his not too subtle transition from his Dolores-loving days to the Man in Black.
Once again, Dolores is recording it all as she stands around waiting for someone to push the button again so she can reanimate.
While William is transitioning, he shows Dolores a big machine. I’m not even sure what it all means yet. But, I guess we will in time.
Teddy is Still Stupid
Even though Dolores is now sentient, she is still following Teddy (James Marsden) around. It seems, even if you realise you’re a host, past narratives still keep the cogs turning. Maeve (Thandie Newton) is exactly the same with her mission to find her child.
Dolores opens up the world to Teddy and lets him in on the big secret. He still has no idea.
While they are running through the park, trying to drum up an army, they run into Maeve. While Dolores is all “let’s kill everyone,” Maeve reminds her that bloody revenge isn’t really the answer.
The Man in Black is Playing THE Game
While the hosts are rising above their oppression, the Man in Black has finally gotten the ultimate game. It is the one he has been hanging out for ever since he got sick of the vanilla version of Westworld.
The Man in Black grabs Lawrence (Clifton Collins Jr.) and heads off to find his own army. However, the hosts are on to him and he is told by a ghostly Ford (Anthony Hopkins) via the leader that the Man in Black has to play this game alone. The entire army then offs themselves.
The Man in Black is also lamenting the whole Westworld thing and I am wondering if he is actually trying to destroy the park altogether. Especially considering he may or may not have created the weapon that Dolores is so desperate to get her hands on. What the weapon could be — device, plot, or person — is anyone’s guess at this point and viewers will just have ot tune into further episodes of Westworld to find out.
TL;DR: Dolores has ALL of the memories and everyone will be fucked as a result.
What did you think of Episode 2 of Westworld Season 2? Let us know by commenting below!
Season 2 of Westworld returns with Episode 3 (titled “Virtù e Fortuna”) on Sunday, May 6, at 9 p.m. ET.
[Featured image via John P. Johnson/HBO]