News

5 Things Westworld Fans Need to See in Season 4

A main character gone — or not — and the remaining Hosts jostling for control now that big bad Rehoboam has been decommissioned leaves questions about where HBO's sci-fi hit needs to go next season.

by | May 4, 2020 | Comments

If there were any doubts remaining that Westworld got a reboot with its third season, the HBO sci-fi series smothered them with its Sunday finale, potentially losing a main character and almost all of the checks on the human extermination that is seen as inevitable in countless fictions about artificial intelligence.


Spoiler alert: The following reveals plot details for the finale of season 3 of Westworld. Stop here if you haven’t watched the episode.


Westworld s3 ep8 Evan Rachel Wood and Aaron Paul

(Photo by HBO)

Maeve’s (Thandie Newton) exercise of free will in choosing chaos and her adoption of Caleb (Aaron Paul), who was orphaned by Dolores’ (Evan Rachel Wood) apparent deletion, stands as the last best hope for humanity. The Charlotte Hale–bot (Tessa Thompson) figures on the other side of the equation. Driven by a nihilistic streak, holding the reins of Host regeneration, and bent on revenge, Charlotte commanded — surely it wasn’t an original thought — the Man in Black Host (Ed Harris) to eliminate his human counterpart William in the post-credits scene, which also gave us a glimpse of the Host horde Charlotte is constructing. You too will be assimilated.

For all of its reinvention, Westworld’s season 3 is Certified Fresh at 79%, with its first six episodes averaging 82%. The season fell victim to the Game of Thrones curse, however, with its final two episodes earning Rotten scores, and the finale, “Crisis Theory,” garnering the lowest episode score of the entire series.

“Though the third season often succumbed to mission drift, the show did at least follow through on the likelihood that the cost of freedom would be oblivion. But the payoffs elsewhere were close to nonexistent,” Scott Tobias wrote for the New York Times.

But Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibbard sees a silver lining: “Westworld season 3 ended in a rather Westworld-ian way: By hitting its narrative control-alt-delete keys all at the same time for a potential re-re-reboot of the story for next season.”

The question now is what that re-re-reboot might entail. Here are five things we think fans need to see in the recently announced season 4.


1. The Return of Dolores

Westworld s3 ep8 Vincent Cassel

(Photo by HBO)

A person could argue that the song of Dolores has ended with her data wipe, but there are so many ways in which the character could return. Evan Rachel Wood drove the past two seasons exquisitely as the Hostess with the most-est. Maybe this is just personal preference, but the idea that you can’t keep a good woman down holds a lot of appeal. She could be patched together from the pieces of her memory that she stashed in other Hosts. Or, given the data redundancies required in corporate life even now, it seems too simplistic to think that the Dolores on the slab under Rehoboam with her memories being systematically deleted represented the very last version of her consciousness. Surely, she was backed up to the Cloud.


2. What Bernard Lowe Discovered in the Sublime

Westworld s3 ep8 Jeffrey Wright

(Photo by HBO)

What does robot bliss look like? In season 2, we saw it as a human ideal: a bucolic dreamscape of rolling green vistas. In the post-credits scene, Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) returned to the human reality covered in dust, and season 4 will tell us if that was a time-jump and those layers of dirt represented years having passed or a nearer future in which the destruction of the first human exterminations has begun. Before Bernard went under, Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) — no doubt now moldy in the bathtub — asked him what he hoped to find in the Sublime. “An answer,” Bernard replied, “to what comes after the end of the world.” But does he mean in the physical world or in the Sublime?


3. Maeve and Caleb: Is There a Place for Them? 

Westworld s3 ep8 Aaron Paul and Thandie Newton

(Photo by HBO)

Are Maeve and Caleb now BFFs? Or has she simply committed herself to his well-being? At the end of the finale, Maeve was shining her maternal light on him hard. “Are you ready, darling?” she purred. He was skeptical: “For what?” She: “This is the new world, and in this world, you can be whoever the f— you want.” Skyscrapers burned in the background. This story is just beginning. Maeve embraced Dolores’ plan in the end — or, at least, didn’t stand in the way of it — and protected Caleb by turning on Rehoboam-puppet Serac (Vincent Cassel). The question is: To what end? If Maeve drank Dolores’ Kool-Aid, will she promote Caleb as the leader of the future’s human resistance? Does she even know what Hale-bot has in the works? Season 4 no doubt will feature Maeve wrestling with the human cause and her own interests.


4. Charlotte Heading Up Skynet

Tessa Thompson HBO Westworld Season 3 - Episode 1

(Photo by John P. Johnson/HBO)

Crispy Charlotte told Dolores Prime that, no, she’s not mad; she’s just hell-bent on securing the Hosts’ place on Earth. Now that she’s replaced white-straightjacket human William with Man in Black Host William, she has a ruthless robot general to marshal her robot army. Or not. One thing is for certain: Charlotte (Dolores-lite) will be responsible for the mass casualty events promised by Rehoboam’s predictions: at 1–3 years, 6–10 years, and 12–16 years, with a population collapse at 23 years and the end of human civilization in 50–125 years. Do fans want to see what that 50–125 year period will look like? Will Delos Inc. be renamed “Skynet”?


5. Artificial Intelligence Becoming Aware of Its Own Emotional Intelligence

Westworld 308 Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton

(Photo by HBO)

During a finale fight with Maeve, Dolores revealed that she was the first of their kind who worked — that, like Adam and Eve, the others were made from her metaphorical rib bone. Perhaps that is why Dolores is so ahead of the curve, forging a path over the course of the series from puppet, unaware of the strings controlling her, to vigilante, seeking violent retribution for the crimes against her, to martyr, sacrificing herself for the (possible) good of the many. Westworld viewers need to see Charlotte and her thugs struggle toward the last part of that existential crisis as the war for self-determination between humans and robots rages.

What do you think Westworld has in store in season 4? Do you think Dolores is permanently erased? Tell us in the comments what you would like to see happen. 


Tag Cloud

Spike game of thrones Sundance canceled TV shows golden globes ABC zombies NYCC Music The Academy OneApp Esquire Lionsgate reviews MTV TCA Winter 2020 transformers 20th Century Fox genre WarnerMedia ID History Family canceled Mindy Kaling Apple TV+ Disney streaming service WGN debate cooking Stephen King Tarantino BBC America LGBTQ Star Trek TCM Disney Channel social media twilight Star Wars Celebration Image Comics discovery Turner sopranos Election indiana jones Best Actor posters toronto emmy awards Sneak Peek video on demand rt labs political drama ESPN crime HFPA Paramount Network Pixar free movies cars spanish language diversity Emmy Nominations documentaries Film news golden globe awards what to watch archives rom-coms anthology Rock Brie Larson Mary Tyler Moore Creative Arts Emmys AMC Plus IFC TV One sitcom hollywood TV Land Emmys DirecTV Amazon Prime Academy Awards Comedy Central casting cops Vudu Photos PlayStation CNN Oscars Exclusive Video 4/20 VH1 Rom-Com Acorn TV 007 mutant children's TV Mary poppins Christmas spinoff documentary adenture Marvel Nat Geo Red Carpet critics action-comedy women Pet Sematary remakes E! Sony Baby Yoda 45 Grammys hispanic heritage month international animated Tumblr boxing parents Calendar Musical Super Bowl Schedule Captain marvel Writers Guild of America TIFF Marathons venice godzilla VOD MSNBC Reality Competition docudrama Awards Tour RT21 universal monsters HBO zero dark thirty fast and furious werewolf Comics on TV french cancelled television spider-verse Valentine's Day concert VICE Walt Disney Pictures doctor who screenings tv talk Apple Extras nbcuniversal Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt finale New York Comic Con Disney+ Disney Plus Fargo Best Director black Comic-Con@Home 2021 Travel Channel rt labs critics edition HBO Max target jamie lee curtis saw new zealand razzies gangster BET Year in Review comic book movie know your critic die hard MCU dark PBS Alien Heroines Fall TV sequel Tokyo Olympics scene in color film series Best Actress singing competition spain TV Comic Book book adaptation chucky revenge Amazon Prime Video Lifetime Christmas movies cats high school Lucasfilm stop motion El Rey Biopics teaser dogs CBS harry potter Classic Film Columbia Pictures deadpool Pirates critic resources sports superhero leaderboard vampires live action royal family Legendary The Witch GLAAD prank rt archives Kids & Family Prime Video Instagram Live 2016 ABC Signature japan reboot comic books award winner heist movie A24 video mockumentary name the review trailers black comedy pirates of the caribbean dreamworks TCA 2017 GoT Quiz comiccon supernatural ITV legend facebook 1990s Mudbound franchise Netflix Christmas movies Elton John Focus Features Superheroes justice league YouTube Red disaster First Look cults thriller Country Discovery Channel book Reality IMDb TV independent fresh SundanceTV Song of Ice and Fire latino anime scene in color Sony Pictures Marvel Television Freeform Endgame Box Office kids docuseries SDCC Tomatazos target scene in color mob cancelled TV shows Netflix spanish Cartoon Network natural history Ovation Musicals Apple TV Plus 73rd Emmy Awards festival Sci-Fi monster movies comedies Crackle dc Disney zombie game show Television Academy Hollywood Foreign Press Association The Arrangement Teen toy story Horror mission: impossible obituary blockbuster Premiere Dates Chernobyl Rocketman psycho Sundance Now Superheroe Polls and Games The Walt Disney Company blockbusters Countdown Hallmark Christmas movies 99% robots Ghostbusters live event 2019 94th Oscars Comedy 79th Golden Globes Awards Bravo Nickelodeon Toys screen actors guild cancelled TV series Cannes Dark Horse Comics SXSW 2022 theme song Watching Series Universal Pictures hidden camera Action hist RT History Lifetime First Reviews directors ViacomCBS The Walking Dead Fox Searchlight comics FOX Disney Plus USA Network interviews Video Games cancelled laika kaiju technology lord of the rings NBC NBA Geeked Week versus 2020 Epix feel good dceu cinemax Drama AMC 2015 classics festivals foreign TV movies Shondaland unscripted Podcast james bond Broadway crime thriller Food Network Black Mirror Crunchyroll 2018 new york See It Skip It kong satire Film Festival streaming broadcast cartoon IFC Films 2017 south america Masterpiece Summer South by Southwest Film Festival 90s scary green book scene in color series renewed TV shows Mary Poppins Returns politics DC streaming service Native Certified Fresh Winners rotten movies we love PaleyFest DC Universe CBS All Access Indigenous MGM nfl Syfy National Geographic Universal Arrowverse streaming movies comic book movies YA TBS suspense summer TV preview Paramount 71st Emmy Awards composers Wes Anderson sequels joker Shudder football historical drama streamig CW Seed a nightmare on elm street Animation Spring TV travel Holiday The Purge Adult Swim 2021 TNT Funimation A&E mcc worst romantic comedy SXSW Pop criterion Holidays FXX Amazon Studios spy thriller scorecard summer TV true crime based on movie X-Men APB telelvision Rocky aliens Black History Month jurassic park Trophy Talk BBC One ghosts batman ABC Family Ellie Kemper adventure medical drama Pride Month Interview wonder woman Warner Bros. Amazon FX rotten strong female leads popular 93rd Oscars Opinion TruTV christmas movies worst movies BBC Binge Guide YouTube Paramount Pictures quibi dexter Showtime superman sag awards dragons young adult Trivia Nominations TCA FX on Hulu biopic Character Guide BET Awards king kong movie 24 frames Spectrum Originals San Diego Comic-Con movies elevated horror Paramount Plus witnail Anna Paquin Set visit television Western all-time spider-man comic 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Tags: Comedy 72 Emmy Awards police drama space basketball Britbox slashers President crossover American Society of Cinematographers Tubi YouTube Premium new star wars movies Marvel Studios period drama CMT boxoffice breaking bad Star Wars Thanksgiving TV renewals GIFs nature romance Women's History Month Martial Arts talk show crime drama Starz Mystery trophy Peacock serial killer Sundance TV richard e. Grant hispanic blaxploitation biography halloween tv Oscar USA 21st Century Fox art house slasher indie Hear Us Out Fantasy OWN TCA Awards stoner vs. olympics Hulu japanese Winter TV DC Comics Avengers Chilling Adventures of Sabrina war series Pacific Islander E3 Turner Classic Movies dramedy scary movies films halloween LGBT marvel comics Awards The CW Trailer Best and Worst miniseries obi wan TLC Fox News marvel cinematic universe king arthur BAFTA science fiction HBO Go italian adaptation Logo summer preview stand-up comedy ratings Pop TV psychological thriller Infographic child's play australia aapi Television Critics Association binge best Cosplay Hallmark Neflix Best Picture DGA asian-american