HBO has dropped the first trailer for the upcoming fourth season of the sci-fi fantasy drama, WestworldAnd it looks like we’re on another wild and complicated journey.
(Spoilers for the first three seasons of Westworld less.)
as I am wrote previouslyThe My name Westworld It is one of six immersive theme parks owned and operated by a company called Delos Inc.. The park is filled with a “staff” of human-like androids, called hosts. Wealthy park visitors can do whatever they like to the hosts and generally don’t view the hosts as little more than senseless props in their own dramas. But the host/co-founder and director of Westworld Park, Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins), has “wakened” a host named Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) to true sensation. The first season concluded with a bloody massacre, as the reprogrammed hosts rose up to take revenge on the guests.
S2 had a more complex schema spanning multiple timelines. Dolores begins recruiting other hosts to fight Delos’ security forces while searching for a door to the real world, bent on revenge by eliminating the human race. In the season two finale, Dolores leads her fellow hosts to the Forge, a kind of centralized database, and several hosts load their minds into a digital world known as “Sublime”. Dolores then moved their minds to a safer place. In the end, three hosts are shown entering the real world into the central timeline: Dolores, Bernard (Jeffrey Wright), and a reconstructed host version of former Delos CEO Charlotte Hill (Tessa Thompson).
Season 3 was the first to largely take place outside of the original virtual theme parks. Opening three months after the events of the S2 finale, Dolores has recreated her host body. We learned it was targeting an artificial intelligence system called Rehoboam, developed by a company called Incite. To get to the system, Dolores had to confront her creator, Underground Syrac (Vincent Cassel), and several other opponents with their own motives to stop her – including William, aka The Man in Black (Ed Harris), who vowed to destroy any remaining hosts.
In the S3 finale, Maeve (Thandiwe Newton) and Dolores fight, and Dolores ends up in Serac’s hands. She was related to Rehoboam but refused to give Syrac any data about the hosts, so he deleted her memories. It was actually quite a touching scene where in her final moments Dolores makes an emotional plea to convince Maeve to turn on Serac. Rehoboam was omitted, William was apparently killed by a replica of his host, and Bernard learned that the system was only delaying the collapse of human civilization, rather than preventing it. Sami entered, hoping to find out how to rebuild. The last shot was Bernard’s return to his body covered in dust – who knows how long?
The trailer doesn’t give us a lot of hints as to where the story will go in Season 4. There is no dialogue at all, although the visuals are amazing as always. We see our diverse main characters seemingly enjoying a perfect day – wandering in the desert, sipping coffee in a tall building – and then the menacing figure of the black-robed man emerges, undoubtedly instilling trembling of awe at those who insinuate. It seems that the virtual garden is being revived and provided with new hosts.
Westworld He was always very sophisticated in his storytelling. That’s a big part of its appeal, of course, but as the series progresses, it’s getting harder and harder to keep track of the complex plot, multiple timelines, and characters — who’s the host, who’s human, who’s It was Man is now controlled by a host, in any body, etc. Sure enough, Season 3 fell apart a bit in the second half, leading to mixed critical reactions or downright negative. I’m still having a lot of fun this season, but I’d like to see the program find more focus and regain some of its former S4 charm. We will definitely follow up.
The fourth season of Westworld Premieres on HBO June 26, 2022.
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