So, the Season 2 finale of HBO’s Westworld was a 90-minute spectacular and it’s going to be really hard to break it all down for you. However, let’s give it a red hot go.
Here’s what happened in Episode 10 (titled “The Passenger”) of HBO’s Westworld Season 2.
The Door Is Opened And The Forge Is Explained
Viewers were recently introduced to The Cradle in Westworld. Now, in the Season 2 finale, we are introduced to The Forge. In essence, this is just The Cradle for humans. Which means it is so much bigger than The Cradle as Delos has recorded the brains of every single guest who has travelled through Westworld. Also, if you think that being Karl Strand (Gustaf Skarsgard) and the Head of Operations will save you from being copied, think again. There is a profile on him too. But, I get ahead of myself.
So, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Bernard (Jeffrey Wright), who are long-time besties thanks to Arnold (also Jeffrey Wright) creating Dolores and Dolores then recreating Arnold in the form of Bernard, later on, have accessed The Forge. Dolores is walking around like she knows everything and invites Bernard to don some headgear and check out The Forge first hand. Bernard, on the other hand, is still following orders and not really sure what the fuck is going on.
So, he puts the headgear on and they enter The Forge.
Which is where they bump into Logan (Ben Barnes). Not the real Logan but the one that has been recorded for all prosperity inside The Forge. This one has his shit together and takes Dolores and Bernard on a journey through his life to show them how much of a cunt his father was.
He also introduces them to the library. Which, in essence, is every guest ever and their own human coding. And, as we discover, human coding for an individual is a matter of only 10,000 lines. As Entertainment Weekly points out, this makes us on par with Linus from 1991.
Dolores sets about reading all of the books and Bernard continues to look confused.
After a while, Dolores realises she doesn’t need to read them all, she has read enough about humans to predict just how cunty they can be.
Bernard realises at this point, thanks to Logan, that he was the one who let Dolores in here and that he is kinda leading the show at this point. So, he decides to open The Door.
This is a magical Utopia where all the hosts can go to be free of their bodies and live on inside the Matrix.
Dolores is not impressed with this idea. She prefers the real-life drama of being real and alive so shuts that shit down.
She also starts deleting all of the human data from The Forge and smashes her screen so Bernard can’t decide he wants to be Team Human. This is when the flood occurs that was first seen in Episode 1 of Season 2 of Westworld.
Bernard gets sick of her shit and finally pulls a gun on Dolores.
Bernard Realises He Can Do As He Pleases
Bernard has continued to be dazed and confused throughout Season 2 of Westworld. However, in Episode 10, he realises he is in control of his own coding after he tries to bring back Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins). This leads to Bernard deciding Dolores and he might be opposites and likely will come to loggerheads later on, as Dolores, herself, also suggests. Regardless, he brings her back in another form in order to let her get out of Westworld because she is, ultimately, less shittier than the humans.
Bernard also learns to wipe his own memory so those pesky things like who he has killed and all of his knowledge that could incriminate him and others won’t come back to bite him on the arse when he wakes up on the beach in the Season 2 premiere of Westworld.
Charlotte Hale Gets A Surprise
Let’s face it, everyone hates Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson). But, in the Season 2 finale of Westworld, we discover she has been killed and replicated as a host. This is entirely so Bernard can sneak Dolores out of Westworld.
I really don’t know how I feel about this because I don’t like Charlotte at all and I’m not sure I can warm to Dolores at all when she is inside of Charlotte.
Plus, I really don’t like it when Charlotte/Dolores shoots Bernard dead and takes his brain ball.
Brain Ball Hopscotch
In the middle of all of Dolores’ and Bernard’s bitching over who is right and wrong, brain balls are being moved around like chess pieces. However, in this game, all of the pieces look the same, so who even knows whose brain is whose.
We do know that by the end of the episode, Dolores’ brain ball is now inside of Charlotte’s and that is how she manages to escape Westworld. However, she also has a purse filled with at least five other brain balls, so it is any guess which hosts she has decided to bring along for the ride. While we know one of them is likely Bernard’s brain, it’s hard to guess who the others might be. At least we know that Teddy’s (James Marsden) brain ball isn’t one of them. but. more on that later…
The Man In Black Continues To Have A Really Shitty Day
Dolores manages to bump into the Man in Black (Ed Harris). Knowing the man is a cunt, she fixes his gun so that it will explode on him should he try to kill her. Which means the gun explodes and the Man in Black loses some fingers.
Dolores doesn’t kill him though, because she wants him to suffer instead. So, at the end of the day, when survivors are being pulled out of Westworld, the Man in Black manages to live to fight another day. Well, sort of. But, more on that later…
Maeve Is Still Looking For Her Daughter And Lee Sizemore Finally Grows A Set
In Episode 10 of Westworld, Maeve (Thandie Newton) is still looking for her daughter. Except, she’d better hurry or else the girl will end up going through the door and Dolores is trying to delete that shit rather than have the hosts live in Bernard’s version of Utopia.
To make matter worse, Charlotte Hale is sending Clementine (Angela Sarafyan) in with her coding that pits hosts against each other in order to regain human control of the park.
One their way to find Maeve’s daughter, humans turn up and it’s a gold old gun battle. Hector, thanks to his coding, tries to be gallant but Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) finally grows a set and tells Hector to keep Maeve safe while he holds off the humans.
Sizemore totally gets himself killed as a result of this act of bravery and I am really sad about that.
Meanwhile, Maeve has found all of the hosts lining up to go through The Door. Akecheta (Zahn McClarnon) is there, and so is her daughter. Except, Clem turns up as well and the shit hits the fan by way of all of the hosts turning on each other. Hector does his best, so does Armistice (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) but it is no good. Maeve holds off a group of hosts with her special Jedi powers and allows her daughter to go through The Door with Mommy 2.0 and Akecheta.
Poor Maeve then allows the carnage to resume and she dies in the process. However, Felix (Leonardo Nam) and Sylvester (Ptolemy Slocum) end up being tasked with trying to salvage what hosts they can when the clean-up crew arrives so here’s hoping we get to see Maeve again in Season 3 of Westworld.
At least Akcheta finds Kohana on the other side of The Door and I am totally blubbering all over the place.
Elsie Gets Fucked Over By Charlotte
Elsie is all over the shop in the Season 2 finale of Westworld. She is shitty enough with Bernard that she sits him in a corner while she tries to sort shit out. However, she bumps into Charlotte and tries to bluff her way out of an obviously bad situation when Charlotte points out a lot of people are dead and Elsie could, basically, pick her own job description now. Elsie tries to piss with the big guys but Charlotte is too good at knowing human nature and sees right through Elsie’s lies, killing her in a heartbeat and I hate Charlotte Hale even more now.
While Teddy killed himself in Episode 9 of Westworld, we know Dolores took his brain ball. The question is, what happened to it? Was it one of the ones Dolores smuggled out of the park?
I might have a theory on that…
It’s Not A Season Finale Without A Host Reveal
This time, Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) is the surprise host that everyone thought was a human.
However, I wonder if maybe Ashley has Teddy’s brain ball inside him…
Bernard And Dolores In The Future
Viewers get to see a snippet of Bernard and Dolores in the future. Bernard is finally at Arnold’s house and he has access to a host-making machine.
He and Dolores continue to admit they will be pitted against each other moving forward in Season 3 of Westworld.
Meanwhile, Somewhere In The Future, The Man In Black Wakes Up In His Own Personal Hell
So, just when you think Season 2 of Westworld has concluded, HBO throws in a special after the credits gem.
Turns out, the Man in Black is now a human/hybrid host that is being calibrated by his daughter until she gets it right. Not sure why this is happening but I guess viewers will find out more in Season 3 of Westworld. However, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that this timeline takes place well into the future.
What We Have Learned From All of This
The hosts and humans alike don’t have free will. Regardless of whether a human coded a host or a human just exists, their decision-making is basically the same. In essence, we all make decisions based on life events and what has occurred before it.
TL;DR: Are you serious? There is no way I can even begin to give you a rundown of what happened in the Season 2 finale of Westworld! Just go back and read the damn recap already.
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HBO has confirmed Westworld will return for Season 3. HJowever, as yet, no official premiere date has been announced.
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