Anyone confounded by the second half of season 1 of HBO’s robot horror show Westworld will have been heartened by the kickoff of season 2, “Journey Into Night” – provided they bothered to rewatch the season 1 finale before taking the season 2 plunge.
What’s in store? More death. More mayhem.
— Afro.Samaurai. (@BlackBuddha3) April 23, 2018
With some big twists revealed in season 1 – finding out, for instance, that William (Jimmi Simpson) is the Man in Black (Ed Harris) at a younger age and that Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) is a Host version of one of the park’s founders, Arnold – season 2 starts off on relatively stable ground.
We also know that Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) has been a Host for decades, has crossed paths (again and again) with the Man in Black, and that her major malfunction – ahem, growth – is happening after enduring repeated abuse at the hands of bloodthirsty and violently lustful guests.
Time for a reckoning — which Dolores undertakes to the plucky player-piano tune of “The Entertainer.”
Here are some highlights of the season 2 premiere.
Despite some nearly fatal “brain” fluid leakage, Bernard is still being mistaken for human by everyone, including Delos Board Executive Director Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson). He even gets the scoop from Charlotte that Delos is recording guests’ experiences and harvesting their DNA.
Gung-ho security guard Maling (Get Out‘s Betty Gabriel), who first found him on the beach and threatened to take him out, was the only one who questioned his humanity. They should’ve listened to her. Maybe. Who knows what Bernard is capable of now.
— ✭Ms. Alyce✭ (@GloUpElite) April 23, 2018
— aretina hamilton (@BlackGeographer) April 23, 2018
Speaking of what Bernard is capable of, fast forward to the end of the episode and Chief of Operations Karl Strand (Gustaf Skarsgård) who says (basically) when facing a sea full of floating Hosts: “WTF happened here?”
Bernard: “I … killed them. All of them.” (Leaving us with a major cliffhanger there.)
Backing up (as you do on Westworld), we find out who made it through the VIP party in which Dolores summoned the Wyatt side of her personality and, with her robot minions, blew everyone away.
The Man in Black
His horse, Ned
Teddy (James Marsden)
Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins)
A horde of gun-toting Hosts
So many privileged humans
— RJ (@Yeeda89) April 23, 2018
Maeve (Thandie Newton) returned to the park, terrorized park scriptwriter Lee (Simon Quarterman) – facilitating a gratuitous full-frontal-male-nudity moment – and offed a few security personnel. Running into lethal weapon Hector (Rodrigo Santoro), she discovers he doesn’t begrudge her leaving him to die, that he’d “expect nothing less” from her.
Maeve: I will relieve you of your most precious organ and feed it to you. *looks at his crotch* Though it won't make much of a meal.
Lee: I wrote that line for you.
— Jackie (@ImpsDelights) April 23, 2018
Dolores… Maeve… this show is a masterpiece of badass women! This is why SciFi will always be the ultimate storytelling medium! #Westworld
— Geek Trench (@GeekTrench) April 23, 2018
— adriana (@TheGirlAva) April 23, 2018
#Westworld is equal opportunity full frontal nudity and I appreciate that
— Big Fancy (@JazzyRaspberry) April 23, 2018
So #Westworld is an island? Did we know that? Did I know that?
— Scanner, Interrupted (@ScannerDromeMag) April 23, 2018
Westworld continues to present fragmented moments in ways that disorient viewers: Is Bernard telling Dolores about his dreams in the past, present, or future?
So…there’s more of that to look forward to.
— adrian (@primadonnapunk) April 23, 2018
— Krojačica Sudbine ♔ (@MonaLisa1797) April 23, 2018
— M is for Marilyn (@marilynann716) April 23, 2018
“We’ve got Bengals in Park Six. We’ve never had a stray across park borders,” Ashley says about the drowned tiger discovered on the Westworld shore. Park Six — that’s kind of like, say, seven kingdoms of Westeros.
— Matt S. (@staticstruck) April 23, 2018
What did you think about the season 2 premiere of Westworld? Who are you rooting for: Hosts or humans?
Westworld airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.