HBO’s ‘Westworld,’ Season 2, Episode 7, “Les Ecorches” Recap



HBO's 'Westworld' Season 2, Episode 7, Les Ecorches, Ashley Stubbs

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For the first time ever, I feel kind of underqualified to recap Westworld However, I will endeavour to do my best! So, let’s have a look at what happened in Episode 7 (titled “Les Ecorches”) of HBO’s Westworld Season 2.

Bernard And Ashley Are In The Shit

So, while I have known that the current day storyline involving upper management of Delos and the not quite current storyline of two weeks prior are sperate storylines, in Episode 7 of Westworld it suddenly gels with me that these storylines are running separately. Probably because it helps sort out some of the backstory from Episode 1 of Season 2 when Bernard reveals that he killed all of the hosts floating in the lake.

Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Ashley (Luke Hemsworth) come under the scrutiny of Karl Strand (Gustaf Skarsgard) and Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson). They have discovered some DNA of Teresa Cullen (Sidse Babett Knudsen) in a secret location and they figure that either Bernard or Ashley had something to do with it.

When they finally get there, they discover a secret room containing a pile of Bernard hosts and that secret is finally up. So, Charlotte spends the rest of this episode fucking with Bernard’s programming.

Also in this week’s episode, we see Delos finally arriving in Westworld after Charlotte Hale gets her hands on Peter Abernathy (Louis Herthum). However, thanks to Dolores fucking things up at the end of Episode 6, even though the cavalry has arrived, Dolores is also there and threatening to open Charlotte’s head just for shits and giggles.

HBO's 'Westworld' Season 2, Episode 7, Les Ecorches, Peter and Dolores Abernathy, Teddy

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Dolores Destroys Attacks Westworld’s headquarters

At the end of Episode 6 of Westworld Season 2, viewers saw Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) send a train into the bowels of Westworld headquarters. This is so she can run amok in there and kill as many employees as possible.

While there, she is also tasked with having to say a permanent goodbye to her dad. It’s poignant, with Dolores showing what appears to be real moments of tenderness. But, then she removes Peter Abernathy’s brain ball and I guess that’s the end of that.

As she is escaping the headquarters in order to get to the “Valley Beyond” and fuck more shit up, she bumps into Maeve (Thandie Newton) once more and they share a tender moment about how they have their own choice and some shit while Maeve manages to throw shade about the Teddinator and how that isn’t really free will.

Dolores gives zero shits about Maeve’s opinion.

HBO's 'Westworld' Season 2, Episode 7, Les Ecorches, Dr Ford and Bernard inside The Cradle

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Bernard And Dr. Ford Chat

So, with the discovery at the end of Episode 6 of Westworld that Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) is literally the ghost in the machine, he and Bernard go for a little wander through the Westworld cloud and, along the way, Bernard works out that — besides the fact Dr. Ford is a cunt when it comes to free will — Westworld is really just a giant science experiment. Delos is, effectively, trying to map out the only analog device left in the digital world: the human mind. So, while the guests run amok within the theme park, Delos has been trying to map out human consciousness.

Now, while I believe that Dr. Ford initiated this “Journey Into Dark” narrative that fucked everything up in order to stop Delos from stealing his intellectual property (ie. the hosts) after they fired him, I do believe he is now just busy with controlling everything. And, this is likely why he piggybacked Bernard’s programming and started ordering him to kill.

That and the fact that he had also likely programmed Angela (Talulah Riley) to blow up The Cradle, giving what Dolores thinks is the ultimate free will for the hosts.

Yes, I actually don’t think Dolores has free will at all. Maeve I’m still up in arms about, but Dolores I think is being totally controlled by Dr. Ford. As a result of that, all of her host army also fall under Ford’s instruction.

HBO's 'Westworld' Season 2, Episode 7, Les Ecorches, Maeve

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Maeve Finally Finds Her Daughter

So, Maeve has been traipsing around the various parks of Westworld in an attempt to find her daughter. While I still have no idea why we had to detour from the Wild West through Shogun World in order to get to, well, the Wild West, it doesn’t really matter because in Episode 7 of Westworld Season 2, Maeve is trying to save her daughter’s life after leaving her new mum to the Ghost Nation.

As Maeve and her daughter are huddled in the house, who should turn up but the Man in Black (Ed Harris), just like he has all those other times in Maeve’s narrative. This time though, Maeve is intent on fucking shit up and the MiB cops a gunshot wound to the shoulder. You’d think, with all of Maeve’s calibrations, she would have thought to up her “accuracy with a weapon” section.

So, the MiB retreats. Only to be followed by Maeve. Then, Lawrence (Clifton Collins Jr.) turns up and Maeve convinces him to remember all the times the MiB has fucked him over.

So, Lawrence stars shooting the MiB as well. Once again, someone needs to do some calibration here. Dolores and Teddy (James Marsden) are prolific at the one-shot kill. Maeve and Lawrence, not so much.

Then, back up arrives and Maeve gets shot and Lee Sizemore (Steven Quarterman) is yelling that she is important but I am just sitting here crying at the thought of Maeve dying.

HBO's 'Westworld' Season 2, Episode 7, Les Ecorches, Maeve and Lee Sizemore

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TL;DR: Bernard’s secret is out, Dolores has her father’s brain ball, Maeve’s reunion didn’t go as planned and Dr. Ford is an asshole.

What did you think of Episode 7 of Westworld Season 2? Let us know by commenting below!

Season 2 of Westworld returns with Episode 8 (titled “Kiksuya”) on Sunday, June 10, at 9 p.m. ET.

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