HBO’s ‘Westworld,’ Season 2, Episode 4, “The Riddle Of The Sphinx” Recap

HBO's 'Westworld' Season 2, Episode 4, The Riddle of the Sphinx, James Delos

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Let’s have a look at what happened in Episode 4 (titled “The Riddle of the Sphinx”) of HBO’s Westworld Season 2.

The Human Loop

In Episode 4 of Westworld Season 2 we find James Delos (Peter Mullan) stuck in the perpetual loop of a host. Well, not really. You see the old bugger has finally succumbed to cancer and now William (Jimmi Simpson) is doing just what he asked, that is, to print out his brain and put it into the body of a host. Except, things don’t work out so well. Imagine Peter Abernathy trapped inside the body of James Delos and you can get an idea of what’s going on. It seems that there might be limits set by God that you just can’t cross.

Regardless, this experiment goes on for years.

Sometimes James lasts a few hours before glitching out, sometimes days or weeks. However, eventually, he will start glitching out and William has to torch the room to destroy the evidence and start all over again.

Like, literally, years of this happens.

In the process, William gets older and turns into the Man in Black (Ed Harris) and we discover that James’ wife has died of a stroke, William’s wife has committed suicide, and James’ son, Logan (Ben Barnes), has finally overdosed. Literally, there is no one left that James cares about. By this point, the Man in Black has worked out that James is pretty much a cunt, and that he, himself, is one too. However, James, he can do something about. After all, there’s only so long you can print out a person’s brain before you go, “Fuck this shit, I’m done.”

HBO's 'Westworld' Season 2, Episode 4, The Riddle of the Sphinx, Elsie Hughes

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Yay! It’s Elsie

In the midst of James’ glitching, viewers find out that Elsie Hughes (Shannon Woodward) is still alive. So, that vision Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) kept having of him strangling her was not quite the full story. It turns out, once she had passed out, Bernard took her to a remote cave in Westworld and chained her up with just enough food to keep her going until he remembered where he’d put her.

Elsie wakes up and is shitting in her pants at the sight of Bernard. However, Bernard is having his own glitches and Elsie soon works out her colleague is actually a host. While she doesn’t trust him entirely, being able to fiddle with his processor via a tablet puts her mind at ease. Plus, she probably realises she’s safer with Bernard than the murderous hosts outside that she’s just found out about.

Along with Bernard suddenly remembering about Elsie, he also remembers that the cave they’re in leads to a remote outpost facility. Finding the right rock to press, they enter and discover shit has gotten real in there also. Elsie quickly tops up Bernard’s brain fluid and they have a wander around, trying to ignore all the dead bodies.

HBO's 'Westworld' Season 2, Episode 4, The Riddle of the Sphinx, Elsie Hughes, Bernard Lowe, and James Delos

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It’s here that they discover James Delos still lost in his loop. It seems like while the Man in Black implied it, he didn’t really stop printing out his brain. James is pissy as and Elsie has to shoot him before torching his room.

This is when Bernard reveals his suspicions that Delos was trying to combine human consciousness with hosts in order to live forever. He also lies to Elsie immediately afterward by telling Elsie she can trust him. The reason he lied? He remembers that he is the one who killed everyone in the facility they are in now.


HBO's 'Westworld' Season 2, Episode 4, The Riddle of the Sphinx, Grace, Ashley Stubbs

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Surprise, Daddy!

Episode 4 of Westworld Season 2 concludes by revealing how Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) escaped the Ghost Nation. It turns out he was. Just. Set. Free. *sigh* Although, there is a theory out there on Reddit that the Ghost Nation are actually programmed to save the humans from the hosts, so I guess that works.

However, this storyline falls to the wayside when Grace (Katja Herbers) reveals she is actually the daughter of the Man in Black. No wonder she knows her way around Westworld!

TL;DR: Elsie’s alive and the rumour that Delos was developing hybrid human/hosts is totally true. Plus, the MiB’s daughter is Grace.

What did you think of Episode 4 of Westworld Season 2? Let us know by commenting below!

Season 2 of Westworld returns with Episode 5 (titled “Akane No Mai”) on Sunday, May 20, at 9 p.m. ET.

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