The third season of western world ended with something a rarity for a series about robots: an android death that felt final. After the theme park’s mechanical hosts broke loose in the real world, they learned that humans, just like them, were controlled by a nefarious AI supercomputer called Rehoboam. This prompted Maeve (Thandiwe Newton) and Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) to help the human Caleb (Aaron Paul) destroy Rehoboam and free humanity. That freedom came at the cost of Dolores’ life, however, and the series’ writers made it clear they weren’t playing around: she really is dead. “We saw Dolores die,” confirmed writer and executive producer Denise Thé The Hollywood Reporter. “We saw all her memories painfully erased. I think it’s really important to honor her death.”
See you soon Dolores, hello Christina
Just because Dolores has finally met her long-promised violent end doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of Evan Rachel Wood. In the fourth season premiere, we meet her new character, Christina, who wakes up in a New York apartment that may be futuristic, but it’s still cramped enough that she has to sleep on a high-tech Murphy bed. Christina is a writer for video game company Olympiad Entertainment, which specializes in writing sweet backstories for non-playable background characters. While her striking physical resemblance to Dolores certainly cannot be a coincidence, it remains unexplained for now. Christina has more important things to worry about, namely a boss who’s unhappy that she’s not writing more exciting stories, and a disturbing stalker who just won’t stop blowing up her phone.
Christina’s roommate Maya (current Oscar winner Ariana DeBose) decides what she really needs to distract herself is a date with a professional gamer, which turns out to be broke. When Christina returns home alone, she is confronted by her stalker, Peter (Aaron Stanford), who keeps babbling about “the Tower” and his theory that Christina somehow wrote about and controlled his life. “I have to change history,” he tells her. “I need a different ending.” Things aren’t looking good for Christina until she’s rescued by a mysterious hero who disappears just as quickly as he emerged from the shadows. The next day, Peter calls Christina before killing himself by nose jumping off the roof of a building. Later, the final shot of the episode reveals the identity of Christina’s mysterious protector: a new character played by James Marsden, who we haven’t seen since his kindhearted cowboy Teddy killed himself at the end of season two. Who is he and how does he fit into all of this? The orchestral version of Lana Del Rey’s breakthrough hit, which lends his performance a swooning soundtrack, suggests that it will, of course, have something to do with “video games”.
Damned if they do, damned if they don’t
The episode’s pre-credits sequence shows (the Android host version of) William/The Man in Black (Ed Harris) negotiating with a Spanish-speaking cartel to buy the supercomputer they have inside the Hoover Dam could build. It seems he believes the computer will give him access to The Door, leading to the android afterlife in Valley Beyond/Sublime. When they decline his offer, William tells them he’ll just take it. When a cartel member (Arturo Del Puerto) returns home, he finds a fly infestation in his house and the next day, looking possessed, he kills his boss, hands control of the supercomputer to William, and kills himself on the spot. Those were no ordinary flies, and it seems unlikely that we’ve seen the last of them.
Maeve and Caleb get back together
It has been seven years since Maeve and Caleb closed Rehoboam. Caleb has spent time being a good father to his daughter Frankie (Celeste Clark), which for him means teaching her to shoot. As her mother tells him, “She’s seven, Caleb. Thanks to you, her hobbies are sugar and violence.” Maeve, meanwhile, has spent the time keeping to herself in a booth off the grid. Until thugs show up who want to kill them. She quickly dispatches them before heading to LA to make similar short work of the villain who’s after Caleb and Frankie. Maeve tells Caleb that William is “back at it” — and that means they are, too. They set off to punch William in front of the senator he wants to meet and the chase continues.
The first episode of Season 4 of Westworld premieres Sunday, June 26 on HBO Max in the US Sky Atlantic in the UK from Monday 27 June
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