HBO dropped the primary teaser trailer for the upcoming fourth season of its visionary sci-fi drama, Westworld, and it appears to be like like we’re in for one more wild, convoluted trip.
(Spoilers for first three seasons of Westworld under.)
As I’ve written beforehand, the titular Westworld is one among six immersive theme parks owned and operated by an organization known as Delos Inc. The park is populated with a “forged” of human-looking androids, known as hosts. The park’s well-heeled guests can just about do no matter they prefer to the hosts and do not typically view the hosts as something greater than unfeeling props of their personal dramas. However the hosts’ creator/co-founder and park director of Westworld, Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins), “woke up” a number named Dolores (Evan Rachel Wooden) to true sentience. The primary season concluded with a bloody bloodbath, because the reprogrammed hosts rose as much as take revenge on the visitors.
S2 had an much more convoluted plot spanning a number of timelines. Dolores started recruiting different hosts to battle off Delos safety forces whereas trying to find the door to the actual world, intent on taking revenge by wiping out the human race. Within the S2 finale, Dolores led her fellow hosts to the Forge, a type of central database, and several other hosts uploaded their minds right into a digital world generally known as “the Chic.” Dolores then transferred their minds to a safer location. Finally, three of the hosts had been proven getting into the actual world within the central timeline: Dolores, Bernard (Jeffrey Wright), and a rebuilt host model of former Delos government Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson).
The third season was the primary to happen largely exterior the unique digital theme parks. Opening three months after the occasions of the S2 finale, Dolores had re-created her host physique. We discovered she was concentrating on an AI system known as Rehoboam, developed by an organization known as Incite. To entry the system, Dolores needed to tackle its creator, Engerraund Serac (Vincent Cassel), and numerous different adversaries with their very own motives for stopping her—together with William, aka the Man in Black (Ed Harris), who vowed to destroy any remaining hosts.
Within the S3 finale, Maeve (Thandiwe Newton) and Dolores battled it out, and Dolores ended up within the palms of Serac. She was linked to Rehoboam however refused to offer Serac any knowledge concerning the hosts, so he deleted her reminiscences. It was truly fairly a shifting scene, as in her final moments Dolores made an emotional enchantment to persuade Maeve to activate Serac. Rehoboam was deleted, William was seemingly killed by a number reproduction of himself, and Bernard discovered that the system was merely delaying the collapse of human civilization, quite than stopping it. He entered the Chic hoping to determine how one can rebuild. The ultimate shot was Bernard re-emerging into his physique, coated in mud—so who is aware of how a lot time had handed?
The teaser trailer would not give us many hints as to the place the story will go within the fourth season. There is no dialogue in any respect, though the visuals are as placing as all the time. We see our numerous fundamental characters seemingly having fun with an ideal day—strolling by means of a desert, sipping espresso on a high-rise—after which the menacing determine of the Man in Black seems, little question instilling a frisson of dread in those that catch a glimpse. And it appears to be like just like the digital park is being revived and populated with new hosts.
Westworld has all the time been fairly subtle in its storytelling. That is a big a part of its enchantment, after all, however because the sequence has progressed, it is gotten more durable and more durable to maintain monitor of the convoluted plot, a number of timelines, and characters—who’s a number, who’s human, who was human and is now being managed by a number, which host is wherein physique, and so forth. The third season positively unraveled a bit within the second half, resulting in blended or downright detrimental crucial reactions. I nonetheless very a lot loved that season, however I might like to see the present discover a bit extra focus and recapture a few of its earlier magic for S4. We’ll positively be tuning in.
The fourth season of Westworld premieres on HBO on June 26, 2022.
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