Well, we have. Sunday brought its fourth seasoncame to a conclusion and my head is still spinning from the last moments of the new episode.
Episode 8 provided a satisfying explanation for Christina’s situation and brought us a showdown between former allies Chalores and William. Let’s cover every moment of the finale, including that fantastic ending.
The chaos continues
As the episode opens, the city is in chaos. The character we see at the very beginning (talking the killing spree before getting an ax to the head) is someone we’ve seen on the show before – Rebus, Westworld’s host from seasons 1 and 2.
The violence perpetrated by the hosts and the people seems endless – one person stabs someone, another shoots the stabber. A teenage boy seemed to get out unscathed, but the host, William, came out of the smoke sharply and shot him. He steals the kid’s keys and gets into a nearby car.
The show cuts to Chalores, still lying lifeless in shallow water near her Tower. Drone hosts (white worker bees) hunt it down and fix its back. Chalores tells her hosts to make her stronger, and it looks like she’s been given a new robot interior. (Chalores is an alias for Charlotte Hale. In the past, Dolores made copies of herself – copies of the self that existed in her pearl – and put one into the main version of Hale.)
Bernard’s last message
In last week’s episode, we saw Bernard talking on the tablet before William shot him in the head. The final revealsIt’s Chalores.
The former host travels to the tower room containing the city’s red hologram and finds that he cannot change the course William has set. The drone host brings her a device containing Bernard’s recorded message, and Chalores looks at it: “This is not the world you want Charlotte, but the world you’ve created,” Bernard says. “The question is, what happens next?”
Christina gains some clarity
Last week we found out that Christina was gone indeed was wandering around the city of Chalores. The finale answers more about her existence: “I’m just a program behind the scenes,” Christina says. “Disembodied Machine.”
Christina points out the design of the famous Westworld maze on her balcony. Teddy tells her that the maze is the consciousness map that “once woke Dolores up,” but says that it didn’t create the maze he intended. Then, things finally click for Christina. “Hale didn’t design Maya and Peter and all the others who keep me friends in my world. I did,” she says. “…I was trying to understand myself, so I was talking to myself with other people’s voices.” Christina also drew a labyrinth.
The show takes us to Chalores, who is still in the tower room. He enters the red hologram and starts stomping on the ground — each time the world around Christina and Teddy seems to shatter. Finally, Chalores takes out the hologram and breaks through the ground underneath, revealing a pearl. Teddy tells Christina that Chalores is getting them out of her system. We see Chalores reach for the pearl and then Christina’s world goes black.
Caleb, Frankie, and Stubbs confront Clementine
Frankie is still in bad shape after being shot in the lower body. Caleb tells Stubbs that he chooses to keep the truth from Frankie about his limited time left on Earth (Caleb’s body rejects his mind, Stubbs confirms).
The trio arrive at a looted store and Caleb gathers some supplies to treat Frankie’s wound. The attacker comes in and Stubbs gets the upper hand against him, but Clementine shows up and shoots them both. Clem kills Stubbs by shoving him in the face with something sharp.
Clementine wants Frankie to tell him where the outsiders are (“Here where none of the sane people can find you”). After a fight between Clementine and Caleb, Frankie shoots Clementine in the head.
William wants to destroy the Highness
William drives down the road listening to Ring of Fire, but gunshots interrupt his jam session. Apparently, Chalores told homeowners in the area to target her. One of them is Craddock, a member of The Confederados who appeared in seasons 2 and 3 of the show. William takes them both out (although they manage to damage his car) and takes the glasses that allow him to see Chalores. A conversation between the former allies suggests that William is next after The Sublime (“spreading fire”). Chalores says she won’t let him. As the exchange ends, Williams notices the horses nearby.
Later William (dressed as MIB and riding a horse, a nod to his Westworld theme park character), arrives at the Hoover Dam facility, where the door to The Sublime is still open. It messes with what looks like a control panel and a warning says “Warning, critical failure. Closing will delete all data.” Chalores shows up and the two main villains of the season get into it. Finally, they bring the fight outside where sparks fly and the door to Sublime appears to be under stress.
Chalores tells William that this is not the world he wants, and we hear the rest of Bernard’s message: “This world holds no more hope for us, but there is still hope for the next world. If he chooses, it is an ordeal he rules. If if you want to give him that choice. You can’t miss, reach out with your left hand.”
Chalores, freed from the bullets and leaning in a corner, arrives and finds a gun that Bernard left for her. He uses it to shoot William. “I choose to give it a chance,” Chalores says. “I hope he accepts it.” Chalores apparently decapitates Williams, removes his pearl, and crushes it.
We later see Chalores stick Christina’s pearl (which she calls “Dolores”) into a slot near where The Sublime is kept. (I’m still pretty sure Christina shares the same pearl as Dolores…that would make sense, like Rehoboam.).
Opening this ending
Oh man, this is the end. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the whole Christina/Dolores mystery dialogue, but let’s dive in.
After Chalores makes her choice, the show cuts to Teddy and Christina, and Christina realizes they’re in The Sublime. He confirms that the Teddy we saw in season 4 is also his invention (he created him from his own memories) and says that the real Teddy is somewhere in The Sublime.
Imaginary Teddy tells him to look for the real Teddy. He also advises her to “Let the humans go. Don’t bring the defects of their species into our world.”
Apparently still talking about humans, Teddy adds, “They’re not like us. Their code is written in their cells, and they’ll never change.” “We could still see,” Christina replies. Teddy asks how, and he says, “One last test,” a dangerous game of his own. Christina can “remember” just as she brought Teddy back.
Suddenly, Teddy passed out. Christina, a brunette dressed as Dolores, appears from the park. He wanders through the death-filled city of Chalores, but the sight eventually fades away. In the final shot of the finale, Dolores/Christina is standing in a classic Westworld theme park – fully transformed into Westworld Dolores, wearing a blue dress and blonde locks.
The cap in season 4 made me think of Arnold’s maze, a staple of Westworld’s first season. This intangible maze is not for humans, but for the hosts, created by Arnold (creator of the original theme park) for consciousness testing.
Could Christina/Dolores be setting up a test for people now? A maze for them to navigate? Here’s more of what Christina says at the end of the episode: “Sentient life on Earth has ended (the remaining hosts and humans on Earth, she adds). “But some of it can still be preserved. In another world. My world. Time for one last game, a dangerous game with the highest stakes. Survive or perish. This game ends where it begins in a labyrinthine world that tests who we are. It shows what we will become. Maybe this time we will free ourselves.”
To be clear, the show doesn’t give clear answers about what Dolores is thinking. This is just what comes to my mind after one look. I’m sure I’ll be thinking about that ending for a while.
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