It’s brand new Westworld, and, man, does it seem quiet since Maeve and Caleb downloaded predictive AI, Rehoboam’s big-thinking computer, last season. Dolores even helped, sacrificing his life.
So let’s get everyone acquainted with what happened tonight:
–The Man in Black by Ed Harris aka William he walks around as if he has his own mind and a lot of power. But remember, Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) killed what seemed like his human version in the final of the third season and sent a multitude of guys into the world. MIB wants to buy a dam from the drug cartel. He gives them an offer they can’t refuse, but they initially refuse: sell it today, “or give it to me tomorrow for nothing,” booming the MIB guy for the Arthur Del Puerto cartel. “What I want is already inside. It was stolen from one of my facilities eight years ago and I know you are well paid to store it, ”the MIB tells him,“ I can’t encrypt it. I don’t want him to move or be disturbed, so I’ll take the whole thing. ”
Later, Del Puerto’s character, who refused to sell the dam, is overwhelmed by flies in his room and knocked out. The next day, he wakes up and tells his boss (Alex Fernandez) and friends about MIB’s offer. They laugh. Del Puerto’s character pulls out a knife and kills them. He then meets the MIB on the dam bridge and agrees to sell him the building. “Is my job done?” he asks. “Yeah, you can rest now,” MIB replies before the guy cuts his throat.
–There is Dolores … but not Dolores. Instead, Christina, performing Evan Rachel Wood. She is a loving, hard-working single girl in town, working a fancy job where she writes stories about 3D games for people. He lives with a roommate, played by an Oscar winner Ariana DeBose, who constantly encourages Christina to go out and go on a date. However, the stories Christina writes seem to affect the general outside public, and not in a good way. She wants to write more romantic YA stories, i.e. a teenager living with her father in the countryside (sounds a lot like Dolores ’Western story;“ Scratch It, ”Christina says). However, her boss does not want her saccharin stories, but more sex, violence and tragedy. Meanwhile, Christina receives disturbing phone calls from a guy who claims her stories have made him lose his job and his wife. He blames the tower, which is probably the building she works in. We later learn that this guy’s name is Peter. He attacks Christina after the date, cuts her with a knife before being subdued by a mysterious guy on the street. By the end of the episode, we learn that James Marsden is the one who protected Christina. In earlier seasons, Marsden played cowboy Teddy Flood, a presenter who had always been fond of Dolores at the Delos Westworld theme park. The next day, after meeting Christina, Peter calls her and says, “Is that up to me or did you write this too?” before he jumped to his death from the building in front of her.
–Maeve (Thandiwe Newton) lives in the woods, hiding in a hut after winning the revolution at the end of Season 3. But she finds out that the hosts are coming for her. She took them out, cut off one of their heads. She gets involved and finds out that MIB / William is behind this. It’s time to go back to the world.
–Caleb (Aaron Paul). Despite helping Maeve win the war, he returned to work in construction, but not with a robot like last season, but a real man. Robots are, we learn, now all scrap metal. “Has your life changed since they destroyed those machines?” Caleb’s colleague asks him. Caleb has a daughter, but teaches her to shoot from a gun (similar to a BB gun). “Thanks to you, her hobbies are sugar and violence,” Caleb’s spouse says of their daughter. Later, the attacker approaches Caleb’s daughter in the night. However, the intruder immediately breaks Maeve’s samurai sword. “I know who sent those people after us: William. He came back to it, ”says Maeve Caleb. He also knows that the MIB has met with the California senator and wants to track him down. Caleb is completely ready for it and says to his loved one, who is losing patience with his tricks, “I’m the one who brought this to us, and I’m the one who has to end it.”
Here is our conversation with Westworld co-creator, EP and scribe Lisa Joy to explain everything:
DEADLINE: How many years after the revolution? Is it right after?
Lisa Joy: It’s been over seven years since we last saw our characters. No more fighting. It’s all over. We skipped the big fight and now we see the consequences of the fight.
DEADLINE: The setup for season 4 looks like the hosts are against the hosts. You have Charlotte and you know she’s not a man, and then you have William who isn’t; he runs a sanctuary. Maeve is hiding in the cabin, and she is attacked by security guards who are the hosts and she can break into their brains. So there seems to be a division among the hosts.
Lisa Joy: Law. That’s how it looks. It seems that after Dolores died more than seven years ago she somehow bought freedom for people from this massive artificial intelligence, and they somehow conveyed a distrust of general artificial intelligence. You can see that at Caleb where he refused to work with a robot and now works with a human, but that doesn’t mean the AI is gone. The hosts who stayed were obviously preparing different things. In Maeva’s case, she had it Jedi pray love I’m in Alaska for a moment, but maybe some of our hosts have teamed up for even more vile tricks. I think the question that will come up this season after a period of unrest, when you somehow deserve this détente, this peace, is it possible to stay, or are people and their kind of heirs in the form of these hosts somehow destined to always fall into these loops discord and struggle and division?
ROCK: So since Roboam is gone and AI isn’t gone, there’s talk of this tower. Is this the company that the character Evan Rachel Wood works for?
Lisa Joy: I have no idea.
ROK: Okay, but the tower seems like it’s a new artificial intelligence because the characters keep saying ‘the tower makes me do these things.’
Lisa Joy: It just sounds like crazy to me.
DEADLINE: The third season was in some form like a restart. Is it season 4 too?
Lisa Joy: I mean, I think we’ve always seen this story unfold in these unique chapters, and almost in a way different genres each season. For example, there is everything from the trajectories of the characters to the worlds we explore to the time we explore. We tried to keep developing. So I’m not sure if restarting is the right word for it, but you know, we’re dealing with AI and examining the kind of long-range history, because of course AI doesn’t have the same lifespan as humans. So it makes sense to me not to do things completely linearly in terms of direct lifting or anything like that. And for me, war is cruel and horrible and devastating to all sides. Every war is the result of the mass failure of all. Aside from death and destruction, the thing that really interests me is not the war itself because it’s so fundamental and so sad, but the consequences of war: how people live with the scars of war, how civilizations somehow rise or redirect, how culture changes. Every now and then people encounter such forces that change for generations. I think we’ve just gone through one and the question is, well, what’s the next step in human evolution?
DEADLINE: Is this the last season, or is your team seeing two more seasons, or is it a matter of waiting and watching?
Lisa Joy: Not. You never want to tempt the TV gods, but (Westworld co-creator) Jonah (Nolan) and I have always had in mind the end we hope to achieve. We haven’t quite arrived yet.
ROCK: And then Dolores. She was knocked out by Roboam …
Lisa Joy: That. She’s dead.
DEADLINE: It’s Westworld – people can restart. There is always a reserve. Do we know how it went from the end of Season 3 until now, or will we learn it?
Lisa Joy: I mean, it’s not. Dolores is absolutely dead. Her sacrifice was significant because it helped bring the world to this place, but she was a sacrifice because Dolores is no more. I’m not sure I’d call it a version, but you know, there’s a new character, Christina. We’re just on the road with her as she experiences the city, going out, as a writer. It’s really nice to be able not to speak completely metaphorically, to be able to do something modern and human, to write roommates, teasing and bad connections. I haven’t managed that yet. It was always part of the period Westworld. I wanted that girl, Christina, to be played by a really great actor, and I hope people won’t notice because I changed her hair color, but we just re-set Evan. I think their hair color will fool them. He probably won’t recognize her.
ROK: William feels so alive. We think he’s dead, but he doesn’t seem dead. From his maneuvers there is no feeling that he is some programmed bot.
Lisa Joy: Unfortunately, he’s what you’ve been watching – the thing William least wanted to be, and that’s the host. And not only that, but he is also the host on the chain. He’s Hale’s … you know.
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