HBO’s ‘Westworld’ Achieves Massive Reveal in Must-Watch Season 4

I don’t know what happened, but someone switched to HBO, and what was one of the show’s hottest productions is suddenly living up to its old standards again.

That would be Westworld, which captured an engaged audience trying to sort through its mysteries week after week in Season 1, but Seasons 2 and 3 seemed like a downward slope for all but the most devoted of superfans.

But I said this earlier in the season, and I’ll say it again, Westworld season 4 is fantasticdefinitely close to Season 1 standards, and despite the disappearance of the park and the “real world” show that made Season 3 so muddy, the storytelling and performances are on point.

It’s hard to go into too much detail without spoiling anything, but yeah, you probably have do need to watch season 3 for the context needed for season 4, which now feels like connective tissue. Really, I just want to discuss this week’s episode, which featured the kind of huge twists Westworld was known for, and they nailed it perfectly.

Spoilers follow. Just go watch the season.

What unfolded in the second half of last night’s episode was more of a timeline deception, with a reveal that worked on an even better level than what we saw with William and The Man in Black in the season 1, because by then many fans had correctly guessed that we were seeing a younger version of the man in mixed timelines.

I did it not see this one coming, though, as it’s been revealed that the Bernard/Dolores scenes all take place in a dystopian future where superhost Hale has effectively won the war, domesticating humanity (or at least a major city) where they can be scripted and controlled by hosts, using a giant offshore tower that humans cannot perceive.

This was revealed as she explained what happened to a now-housed Caleb, who we learn died 23 years earlier and has gone through “states of failure” hundreds of times since. Maeve was buried in the desert after their confrontation for two decades, but Bernard is about to resurrect her to use as a weapon against Hale’s empire.

Questions remain. We know Dolores exists in this human town controlled by Hale, but we don’t know why she’s actually there in the first place, and why now Teddy has appeared, seemingly with his memory intact of who they were for each other. . It seems like there’s probably some kind of resistance in town already, but I just wonder why original hosts are there. Maybe Hale just likes to see Dolores walking around like one of her little dolls, although that loop seems to come undone quickly.

It’s a fantastic reveal, up there with any big Season 1 plot twist, and I love how it’s presented. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season, which I didn’t expect to say after the last two years.

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