It’s been about two years since Westworld’s second season aired. With season 3 premiering on Sunday, March 15, it’s a time for a refresher on what the heck was happening. Here’s what occurred to Charlotte, William, Dolores, Bernard, Maeve, and all the opposite hosts you traveled by means of the Valley of the Beyond final season, plus one large thriller that ought to wind up driving a lot of the motion in season 3.
[Ed. be aware: This story will spoil Westworld season 2. Obviously.]
What occurred in season 2?
Season 1 of Westworld resulted in a little bit of a massacre. Dolores Abernathy (performed by Evan Rachel Wood) and her earlier persona, Wyatt, merged, making her violent and vengeful. She led a military of hosts to slaughter the assembled Delos (the corporate that runs the Westworld park) higher-ups, together with Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins).
While the timelines are arduous to parse, season 2 takes place over the roughly two weeks following the bloodbath of Delos’ human friends on the finish of season 1 (plus just a few flashbacks). The new, offended Dolores-Wyatt hybrid spent her time recruiting allies and looking down human friends as she made her approach to the “Valley Beyond” — a sort of promised land supplied to her by Ford.
Dolores’ counterpart — or, extra precisely, counterpoint — within the sentient host rebellion is Maeve (Thandie Newton). While Dolores was vengeful, Maeve was solely involved with discovering her in-fiction daughter, largely eager to ignore the people. When she reclaimed her daughter, Maeve, too, headed for the Valley Beyond.
At the identical time, we discovered that Charlotte Hale (performed by Tessa Thompson), a Delos govt, and her Delos safety forces are looking for a cache of proprietary data, the important thing to which had been squirreled away within the head of Peter Abernathy (Dolores’ in-fiction father, performed by Louis Herthum). That information, it seems, got here from Delos utilizing the park (and, presumably, the opposite parks like Shogun World) to seize lots of details about the friends, tracked utilizing the cowboy hats each visitor obtained upon entry.
The secret undertaking behind Westworld — one of many causes they had been gathering all that information — was to create a kind of digital immortality for (not less than) Delos’ founder: The Man In Black/William’s (Ed Harris) father-in-law. By the top of the season, we be taught that the system was profitable, boiling each visitor who visited the park right down to 10,247 strains of code.
The Forge and the top of Westworld season 2
At the top of season 2, Dolores discovered this cache of visitor data, all a part of Arnold’s (the earlier, human model of Bernard from 40 years in the past, each performed by Jeffrey Wright) plan to provide the hosts their freedom. All of that information in “the Forge,” Arnold thought, would give Dolores the aggressive benefit she’d want out in the true world.
The Forge had a second, double-secret objective, although. Robert Ford had created a wholly digital world contained in the library that he referred to as The Valley Beyond (and that the system controlling the Forge referred to as The Sublime). By opening the door — that appeared as a tear in house to hosts — Dolores allowed lots of the hosts to enter this pristine digital world the place they might reside freely, away from human interference.
Dolores additionally uploaded the Valley Beyond out of the Forge, although, to guard it from people ever discovering it once more. She reprogrammed some data-beaming units to ship it to a satellite tv for pc (“270.5 Az 55.5 El 1110km2”). If it stayed on that satellite tv for pc or was redirected elsewhere is unclear.
So the place and when are the characters in the long run?
With Arnold and Ford’s (and Dolores and Bernard’s) plans all largely profitable, all of the characters we all know and love are in one among three locations: the true world, the Valley Beyond, or lifeless.
The Valley Beyond
- Teddy (James Marsden) killed himself after being pushed too far by Dolores. Dolores, nevertheless, saved his information and uploaded him to the Valley Beyond.
- Akecheta (Zahn McClarnon) and lots of the Ghost Nation made it to the Valley Beyond.
- Countless different Westworld hosts additionally made it.
Dead (or dead-ish)
- Robert Ford continues to be lifeless. He died on the finish of season 1, keep in mind. His appearances all through season 2 are implanted packages he left behind in hosts, and, in a single case, that host model of his youthful self (additionally lifeless).
- Elsie (Shannon Woodward) was killed by Charlotte Hale on the finish of the season.
- Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman), the top author for Westworld, sacrificed himself for Maeve, and was gunned down (off-screen) by Delos safety.
- Hector, Armistice, and Clementine had been hosts, however they didn’t make it to the Valley Beyond, so we’re calling them lifeless (for now, not less than).
- Maeve discovered her daughter, however by no means made it into the Valley Beyond — she sacrificed herself in order that the opposite hosts had been secure. We final see her physique on the seaside, within the care of the hapless techs Sylvester and Lutz (Ptolemy Slocum and Leonardo Nam). Presumably, her information is unbroken, however she ends the season in a sort of limbo so we’ll embrace her right here.
The actual world
- Charlotte Hale is lifeless, killed by somebody that seemed precisely like her. But we noticed within the season 2 finale that her physique had been reproduced by Dolores, and that physique being was operated by Dolores (or a model of Dolores). Not-Charlotte was evacuated from Westworld again to the true world by Delos.
- Dolores is alive, and in the true world. Using the Charlotte physique double, Dolores recreated her personal host physique, and escaped Westworld.
- Bernard is alive and in the true world. It’s implied that Dolores introduced him again/restored him as a verify on her genocidal tendencies, or not less than as a worthy opponent. (It’s sort of a Batman-Joker scenario.)
- Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth), head of Westworld’s safety, is technically alive. When we final see him, we be taught that he’s truly a bunch programmed by Ford to guard different hosts. He doesn’t appear invested in both Bernard or Dolores’ plans, although, nor did he enter the Valley Beyond.
- The Man in Black/William is down one hand, however alive. Kind of? I believe? In the post-credit scene of the season 2 finale, William arrives on the Forge. A bunch model of his daughter explains that it’s the longer term, and issues didn’t appear to go within the human’s favor. She says that William just isn’t a bunch, or not less than that he isn’t a bunch in a simulation. When she goes on to confirm his “fidelity,” it’s implied that this Future William is human information in a bunch physique.
When Not-Charlotte was evacuated out of Westworld, we additionally obtained a short glimpse inside her satchel, which contained 5 pearls — the info cores of hosts, that are sort of like stacks from Altered Carbon. Presumably, one among these 5 was Bernard’s, since we see her revive him. The different 4, although, might be from any host that didn’t make it to the Valley Beyond.
Welcome to season 3.