Westworld's Second Episode Should Have Just Been the Premiere

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Westworld's Second Episode Should Have Just Been the Premiere

Warning: Spoilers ahead for the latest episode of "Westworld". By the time of his death, Arnold had clearly concluded that Dolores should be regarded as an independent living being, with her own agency and her own rights.

In the second scene, we see a younger William selling his father-in-law James Delos on the very concept of the park.

Maeve also proposes an interesting conundrum to Teddy, asking: 'Do you feel free?' So far, Teddy has been under the guidance of Dolores the entire time, but could his newfound awakening make him realise he doesn't have to follow her every command?

Dolores is awake to her plight, but how much does she remember about her past? She recalls The Man in Black who once loved her repeating back to her a line she used frequently as a guest to describe his events in the real world, "Have you ever seen anything so full of splendor?"

So we might not see any more of the new El Lazo any time soon. Obviously, the chaos of the present uprising has its roots directly in how the brilliant duo sold their tech wares to the highest bidder.

Jim Delos is of course father to the obnoxious Logan (Ben Barnes) and Juliet (Claire Unabia), who is William's wife.

But Ford doesn't make it that easy: With Ford pulling the strings from beyond the grave, El Lazo and his compatriots commit suicide. Why? "The unexpected nature of the scene was so exciting to me, that I couldn't say no". He's too great an actor, and too recognizable a face, to waste in a brief (albeit memorable) cameo. And it certainly was a dramatic way to show a Host who came to the end of their programmed story who wasn't interested in pursuing violence on his human counterparts.

As for the scene itself, The Man in Black promised El Lazo that he would tell him the truth about the entire park and the goal of their existence if he would join him.

The Man In Black is on a mission to bring an end to Westworld after he escapes, but it's clear Robert Ford has a certain path setup for him.

This apparently involves seeking out something obliquely referenced as both "Glory" and "the Valley Beyond", depending on who you ask - something that Young William once made the mistake of showing Dolores back when the park was still new, and something he now refers to as "my greatest mistake". So, guess what Dolores wants to find too? "And if you don't see the business in that, then you're not the businessman I thought you were". There are so many storylines to service, and now timelines via multiple characters, it's becoming increasingly challenging to actually invest.

The episode is in the real world and Arnold is with Dolores. But many have seen all the truth that they can bear or, like Maeve (Thandie Newton), seek a different truth.

Not to mention that the avenging angel version of Dolores in the now is very plot-oriented, rather than emotionally involving. We got a tease of this supposed weapon in a shot which shows some kind of crane or bridge-like structure snapped in the middle. She's like that annoying "enlightened" friend who keeps prodding in a condescending way that "You just don't get it yet". Jeffrey Wright offers us a subtle, pained wince from Arnold, as his emotional bubble is slightly burst when he's reminded of the imperfection of his creation. No matter how complicated the hosts get, there's always the unsettling possibility that they're just executing a remarkable impression of a real living being, drawn entirely from the talents and whims of their dead human creators.

According to Locations Manager Mandi Dillin, In order to find a location that fit the character of James Delos - a rich and powerful "self-made man" - the production team scouted homes along the California coastline, finally landing on a lovely seven-acre property in Malibu. We know that William built it, using the information he gathered about the guests for Delos.

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