Well, Dolores is finally out of her loop and headed on a bounty hunt with William and Logan on the Oct. 23 episode of ‘Westworld.’ But as Dolores goes on her new quest, the Man in Black continues his toward the maze, and finds a pivotal clue to unlocking its secrets.
If you didn’t already feel like we’d gone down the rabbit hole in Westworld, then I’m sorry to say that “Dissonance Theory,” is going to be a rude awakening. Just so we’re all on the same page, the dissonance theory explains the stress you feel when you are forced to hold multiple contradictory beliefs at the same time. That’s what Dolores deals with this episode, and what you will probably deal with for the rest of the season.
The episode picks up with another one of Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Bernard’s (Jeffrey Wright) private sessions. But, of course, we don’t know whether this session is taking place in the present, or the past. Either way, our favorite ranch hand’s daughter is grieving the recent loss of her parents, but Bernard refocuses her attention on a game he’d like her to try — The Maze. If she can find the center of it, then maybe she can be “free.” “I think… I want to be free,” she says. And with that she wakes up back in Westworld.
Finally, Dolores is outside her normal loop, waking up with William (Jimmi Simpson) and Logan (Ben Barnes) — who she stumbled upon the night before — rather than in her bed. This is such an important step for Dolores, who we’ve never seen start her day in a new way. And so she decides to join William and Logan on their bounty hunt. Hooray! A new path has emerged for our favorite Host. But, as she journeys on with them she sees things (a little girl, a church, herself in a graveyard, a previous death) that appear, and then disappear, almost immediately, as if she’s seeing past events that her brain can’t seem to fully access. Or, if we’re going with the alternate timeline theory, we could be the ones seeing two different things at once.
In another part of Westworld (and maybe another time) the Man in Black (Ed Harris) makes some serious progress on his quest to find The Maze, as he finds his latest clue, the snake by the river. Only this snake is actually the outlaw Armistice (Ingrid Bolso Berdal), who has a magnificent snake tattoo wrapped around her body, and who agrees to give him the story behind the ink if he will help her get Hector (Rodrigo Santoro) out of prison. He agrees and takes poor, leashed up Lawrence (Clifton Collins Jr.) along with him. Critical clue, coming up. Sorry to point this out, but when one of the Guests comes over to the Man in Black to thank him for the work his foundation has done, he cuts him off, telling him not to bother him while he’s on vacation. Seeing as this implies the Man in Black is known to Guests as a person in the real world, I think that kills the theory that he might be an android. But it doesn’t kill the theory that he’s William!
After breaking Hector out of jail with some seriously amazing pyrotechnics, the Man in Black is given the story which leads him to the next clue, and the biggest reveal of the episode. Armistice tells the tale of a man and his crew who came to terrorize her town when she was a girl. She grew up to seek revenge on each one of them and marks each kill by filling in the snake. But there is one person she has yet to kill, the leader of the group — Wyatt. He is the Man in Black’s next clue toward The Maze, possibly even the key to the game within the game. If the Man in Black is looking for a story with real stakes and real violence, like he says, he’s bound to find it going after Wyatt.
William and Logan have completed their mission and are hauling in the bandit they sought. But the bandit says, if they let him go, he will take them to meet someone who is apparently legendary in the game, an offer Logan is all too happy to accept on behalf of the group. And Dolores, even with her seriously messed up head, is down to continue on with William, though she seems very wary of Logan.
Outside of what’s going on in the game (at least the game between the Guests and the Hosts), there is a pivotal power struggle going on between the creative types and management at Delos Destination. The board needs a new storyline, and Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) assures Theresa (Sidse Babett Knudsen) they’ll get one. But it’s going to be his, and it’s going to be big.
Meanwhile, Maeve (Thandie Newton) is dealing with some cognitive dissonance of her own, i.e. seeing her previous deaths. She runs to her room to sketch out a vision she had of the men in the hazmat suits who come to get her after each death and she goes to stash it under the floorboards, when she finds dozens of similar drawings. Since Hector is free, he comes into town to steal the saloon’s safe, just like he always does in his loop. But this time, Maeve takes him upstairs and forces him to tell her what he knows about the image she’s seeing. Hector tells her it’s known as the man sent from hell to over see their world. Well, that’s great. Maeve then forces him to cut her open and look for the bullet she remembers being shot with, but that she has no scar from. She knows it has to be there and that it’s got to be proof something more is going on. And before the episode ends, she’s staring at it in her hand.
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