Well, we have. Sunday broughtof came to a conclusion and my head is still reeling 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 copied copies of herself—the self that existed in her gem—and placed one in Hale’s main version.)
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, Teddy revealed to Christina that he wasn’t really into them. The finale makes things clearer: “I’m just a program that runs things behind the scenes,” says Christina. “Disembodied Machine.”
Talking to Teddy, Christina notices 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 maze.
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 says).
The trio arrive at a ransacked 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 (“where none of the crazy people can find you”). After a fight between Clementine and Caleb, Frankie shoots Clementine and kills the villainous host.
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 removes both of them (although they manage to damage his car) and grabs a pair of glasses that allow him to see Chalores. A conversation between the former allies suggests that William is once again going after 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 character in the Westworld park) arrives at the Hoover Dam facility, where Sublime’s door is still open. It messes with what looks like a control panel, and the warning says, “Warning, critical failure. Shutdown 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 backed into a corner, reaches for the gun — the one that Bernard, who saw the future, left there for her. He uses it to shoot William. “I choose to give it a chance,” Chalores said. “I hope he accepts it.” Chalores appears to decapitate Williams, remove her pearl, and crush it.
Later, we see Chalores sticking the pearl she pulled out of the ground (she calls it “Dolores”) into a slot near where Uca is kept. (I’m still pretty sure Christina shares the same pearl as Dolores…that would make sense, like Rehoboam..) Near the end of the episode, Chalores crushed her gem.
Opening this ending
Oh man, this is the end. I’m still trying to wrap my head around all the cryptic Christina/Dolores dialogue, but let’s dive in.
After Chalores makes her choice, the show switches to Teddy and Christina, and Christina realizes they’re in the High. 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 on High.
Imaginary Teddy tells him to look for the real Teddy. He also advises her to “let the people 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 making. Christina can “remember” just as she brought Teddy back.
Suddenly, Teddy passed out. Christina, a brunette dressed as Dolores from the Westworld theme park, appears. He wanders through the death-filled city of Chalores, but the sight eventually fades away. In the last shot of the finale, Dolores/Christina is standing in a Westworld park — completely transformed into Westworld Dolores, wearing a blue dress and blonde locks.
Here’s what Christina says at the end of the episode: “Sentient life on Earth has ended” — the remaining hosts and humans on Earth are gone, she adds — “but a part of it can still be preserved. In another world. My world. One last game there’s time for, the highest-stakes dangerous game. Survive or perish. This game ends where it began, in a maze-like world that tests who we are. It reveals what we will become. … Maybe this time we’ll free ourselves.”
The season 4 cover made me pick my brain about Arnold’s Labyrinth, 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?
Is Westworld being renewed for a fifth season?
On August 14th, Westworld creator Lisa Joy told Deadline that she and her husband Jonathan Nolan (also the show’s creator) have yet to be informed if the show will be renewed for a fifth season.
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