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Westworld: 9 important questions, recalls and references from this premiere unlock

This post contains an open discussion about Westworld Season 2, Episode 1 "Journey Into Night". Think of this as your first and last spoiler alert.

If you thought Westworld would be less complicated in the second season, well, you were mostly right. While there are still multiple timelines, flashbacks, twists, and annoying unreliable narrators, the HBO Sci-Fi Western does not seem to be so invested this year to pull the viewer's eyes. Still, every detail helps when it comes to unpacking this show and so Vanity Fair will hold a weekly podcast in conjunction with these next ten episodes to break through every nook and maybe a speculative start theory or two , You can subscribe to Still Watching: Westworld here. And listen to the latest episode here:

But if you're more of a visual learner, this breakdown of the many recalls, revelations, and references in "Journey Into Night" will be more of your speed. This post will only include Spoiler through Season 2, Episode 1

, so if you're caught up, you should be aware.

When are we? We're back in two seasons this season. There's the gift – with Bernard ( Jeffrey Wright ) on the beach and the Delos agents trying to figure out what happened in the park. Then there is the past aka two weeks ago aka exactly where we left off in the first season. Like last year, it seems a third timeline with Dolores ( Evan Rachel Wood ) and Arnold (also Wright) with their philosophical tête-à-têtes. This scene opening the episode seems to have been filmed in a different aspect ratio. So you can at least see it when you watch the distant past? It will be in the mailbox. More about where we are, you can go here.

What's wrong with Bernard? Remember how late in the last season Ford ( Anthony Hopkins ) made Bernard shoot himself in the head? Felix ( Leonardo Nam ) helped him a lot, but mentioned ominously that the bullet had touched Bernard's "cortical shield". Whatever it is. When this episode follows the events immediately after Ford's death, Bernard already has a disturbing tremor in his hand. Then he beats his head and something sticky begins to seep out of his ear. Never a good sign. We later learn that he experiences a "critical corruption" that can lead to "time shifting" and "ephasis". In other words, Bernard is our reliable, brain-damaged narrator for the season. Welcome, Bernard. Like Dolore's last year, he will have some difficulty knowing when and where he is.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last year, Series Author Jonathan Nolan stated:

[The hosts’] Construction and its source of energy are something we are
really come in the second season. They are biological
as they are too mechanical, but they do not suffer from brain death
The way we do it. They are barely distinguishable from humans
but their brains do not need oxygen – which is interesting
Possibilities. Their brains are not as fragile as ours. On the one hand,
their perception is controllable and malleable, but on a structural level
Level, they can not be killed in the same way you and I can. There are
Pros and cons of a host. Season 2 will be us
Explore more the nuts and bolts of what they are – like the hosts
even try to understand. Anyway, Bernard has a ticking clock on his state: "O.72 hours" until all his systems are shut down. Not only that, but he has to hide the fact that he's a host to the people he's stuck with. You saw what happened to the poor stableboy. Can Bernard find help – maybe Elsie ( Shannon Woodward ) – in the remaining time? Well, we know that he did it. He operates quite well, albeit a bit out of focus, at this beach two weeks in the future.

Where is Abernathy? Charlotte ( Tessa Thompson ) explains that to be rescued by Delos, she and Bernard will have to find the hostess into which she has uploaded some information at the end of last season. This host is, of course, Peter Abernathy ( Louis Herthum ), aka Dolores & # 39; disturbing father. For more information on why he is so important – and why they wiped the pubic hair of this one tavern – you can go here.

As for Abernathy, where is he?

Honestly, he could be anywhere, but that's intriguing In the first season, Abernathy told Ford that Dolores was his livelihood. He has since been wiped out, but when Maeves ( Thandie Newton ) proves persecution of her daughter, these cornerstone memory can be hard to get rid of. Will we see Abernathy hanging around in Dolores soon, and if so, are Dolores and Bernard on a collision course?

What happens when Dolores and Bernard meet? That's a really good question. Last season, Ford said he had separated Dolores and Bernard because they behaved so unusually. As Bernard begins to break out at the beginning of this episode, we see some scenes from the past or future of his scenes with Dolores. So keep an eye on them whenever they share a scene.

How scared is Teddy on a scale of 1-10? To be honest, Teddy ( James Marsden ) looks pretty freaky out of everything that Dolores intends to do in this episode. In a nice call back to a scene from Season 1, he urges her to go with him. Last year it was Teddy who was determined to stay instead of going into the sunset, this year it's Dolores. Something tells me that she will wish she had gone with him when he offered.

What is our favorite schnauzer, the Rebus up to? Rebus (Steven Ogg) was a minor character in Season 1, but if you want to talk about violent pleasures and violent intentions, then not be further than Rebus shoots a jar from the head of a terrorized Delos board member. Last season, the guests had great fun shooting at Rebus, here is the violent end. Unfortunately, it looks like Rebus died two weeks later on the beach scene. But back at the party, he said something fascinating to one of his murderous robot friends. He said, "Aim like yours, you'll never survive the journey." A little more on this "journey".

Lee Sizemore ( Simon Quarterman ) got a similar poetic version treatment in Delos HQ.

Yes! When he was attacked and almost devoured by a cannibalist robot, this cannibal just followed the script Sizemore gave him in the first season. Lucky Maeve came by accident.

Is Maeve the robotic messiah? Not only does Dolores get violent revenge on the guests, in the hard drive taken from a poor, dead Ghost Nation Warrior on the beach, we see that she also shoots down her comrades. She claims that not everyone can make it to the "valley". (The dead stable boy also mentions the "valley beyond." Could this be the same as "the voyage" Rebus spoke of.) In other words, Dolores is not I do not think all her hosts are worthy. Meanwhile, Maeve takes time out on her schedule to pay some sympathy to an injured, dying robot in Delos' HQ. "I'm afraid it's in my code to put my needs above everyone else," she says, before kneeling down, worried to help others. Between a murderous Dolores and a compassionate Maeve, which of these two conscious robots seems to be better equipped to lead the rest into the Promised Land? That may depend on Ford's plan.

In the first season Dolores Teddy explained the concept of the "Judas ox".

Dolores always seemed to be the obvious answer to this handy ranch metaphor. Who will follow the rest of the robots? Why you, of course? But should she? In a behind-the-scenes interview with HBO, Jonathan Nolan said of Ford's plan last year, "The nature of this plan is something we're exploring in season two, what are its intentions, are you going to let Dolores and the other hosts escape? just to teach the human guests a lesson? "When it comes to teaching the hosts a lesson, Dolores is the right choice. But if it's only about escape … then maybe Maeve should be the one to follow. But what about Bernard? Is he a possible leader?

Ford told Bernard in season one finale that he would have to suffer a bit more before he was ready to flee. Is it about these two weeks? Bernard enough to suffer?

Speaking of metaphors. , How about recording the dead pianist, huh? Last season, Westworld flirted much with this metaphor of the self-playing piano and the gray-bearded robot programmed to plunder its keys. If Ford was ultimately the musician who played all the robot pianos in the park, then we can make this take on the dead gray beard and a symbol of Ford's demise. Because yes, he's definitely dead. And let's move on and plunge into another metaphor:

This wolf emerged a few times last season, along with the massacre that Dolores did when she was killed in "Wyatt" Mode was. It's back again and this time it stares at the man in black ( Ed Harris ). Let's go ahead and call it a symbol of Dolores destructive nature, and suppose that she and Old William have some unfinished business that may have left with this " Door" game left by Robot Ford.

What about Ghost Nation? Last year, the game of Man in Black began with a brutal scaling of a native host to access a mysterious map etched under his scalp. When he did that, he said that there is a lot of wisdom in ancient cultures. We see the labyrinth map on the inside of another Ghost Nation's scalp. That could just be a callback to season one and a hint that the higher Delos players did not know about the maze game that Arnold and Ford were playing. On the other hand, Westworld has won a number of compelling native actors for the second season, including Kohana ( Julia Jones ), Akecheta ( Tooth McClarnon ) and Wanahton ( Martin Sensmeier ]) So I hope that this mysterious tribe has much more to do than simply scalping and dying this year.

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