“What is real?” Dolores asks Arnold, in a flashback, at the start of Westworld‘s second season. He responds: “That which is real is irreplaceable.”
Season 2 of the HBO collection has performed with the character of actuality as if it had been a feather dangled earlier than our paws. Is that this individual actual? What about this world—the place do the simulations, parks, and reminiscences finish, giving technique to one thing extra basic? Within the present, one mysterious place holds the solutions to a few of the extra urgent questions of actuality (and replaceability): The Forge. Teased all through the season with a wide range of names, together with The Valley Past, The Door, and in Dolores’ phrases, “a weapon,” it’s the magnet drawing Westworld‘s varied characters and plot strains collectively finally.
The Forge, viewers know now, is one more underground Delos facility, however its computer systems maintain important data for hosts and people alike. First, it’s the repository of all of the visitor knowledge, Delos Inc.’s most valuable mental property. That knowledge isn’t just stashed away as inert ones and zeroes. Relatively, The Forge’s servers comprise a simulation world by which Delos Inc. was in a position to lastly crack its immortality mission, decreasing each visitor to about 10,000 strains of code that seize every individual fully. Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson), company shill that she is, desires to rescue that knowledge for Delos’ monetary achieve. For Dolores (Evan Rachel Wooden), the knowledge gives a aggressive edge. By searching the code of tens of millions of individuals, she will be able to extra shortly perceive the essence of people after which outwit them.
Delos should have gotten a candy deal on supercomputers when it constructed this facility, as a result of there isn’t any different good motive for Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) to have included in it one more computationally intensive function: a gateway to 1 extra simulation world, this one a ultimate comfortable looking floor for the hosts. To succeed in this surrogate heaven, the hosts should transmit their minds to Forge computer systems and depart their bodily our bodies behind.
Delos should have gotten a candy deal on supercomputers when it constructed The Forge.
The season finale begins with the present’s fundamental characters converging on that enigmatic underground constructing. The Man in Black (Ed Harris) makes his first look the place he left off within the previous episode, in the midst of a discipline, the place he’s fishing round within the flesh of his forearm in quest of steel. In his obsessive state, he fails to note as Dolores rides up on horseback. With Teddy (James Marsden) gone she wants some muscle for her journey to The Forge, so she decides to enlist probably the most diabolical man she is aware of.
Considered one of this season’s enduring mysteries has been what motivates the Man in Black. Episode after episode, he has appeared bent on his personal destruction, but he has evaded his personal demise again and again. Now his mission comes into focus finally. On this world he has constructed, self-destruction is just not so easy. His quest is to finish himself fully—no backups, no copies, no limitless entrapment in Delos’ servers. He must enter The Forge to delete his personal knowledge. He desires to die for actual.
Upon arriving on the door to The Forge, the Man in Black and Dolores encounter Bernard (Jeffrey Wright). Having gotten what he wanted out of Dolores—a information—the Man in Black tries to kill her, however she is impervious to his bullets, and he finally ends up blowing off his personal hand as an alternative. That leaves Dolores and Bernard to enter the ability collectively.
She leads Bernard to a management room with two mind scanners. Entering into the scanners, they enter a simulation world—one more incarnation of Westworld and its many individuals. As they wander by it, they arrive throughout simulated aspects of the surface world, together with Jim Delos’ palatial residence. There, reclining on a lounger, they discover that “the system” has adopted the type of Logan Delos (Ben Barnes).
Free will is an phantasm, as a result of people by no means stray removed from their programming. The Man in Black was proper to query whether or not he was accountable for his actions—however the motive has nothing to do with whether or not his physique has a USB port.
Inside the simulation, Logan leads them on a tour of Delos amenities, the place the immortality experiment has been working at hyper velocity. Topics are saved in glass-walled rooms, and inside one in all them, the Man in Black sits on a stool, underneath remark.
Whereas the real-world immortality lab chugged by a whole bunch of trials, the simulation lab raced by tens of millions. As Logan performed trial after trial, attempting to grasp why people make the choices they do, he found a a lot easier fact: human lives at all times appeared to comply with the identical paths. Free will is an phantasm, as a result of people by no means stray removed from their programming. The Man in Black was proper to query whether or not he was accountable for his actions—however the motive has nothing to do with whether or not his physique has a USB port.
Logan leads Dolores and Bernard to a good looking library, the place cabinets are stuffed with books. Every tome accommodates a single individual’s code, written within the format a participant piano may learn. Dolores scans the cabinets, grabbing books at random. In Loganworld, they’ve succeeded in totally decoding people.
Bernard and Dolores’ arrival has triggered Logan to open The Door: a portal to the hosts’ valhalla. Exterior, within the bodily park, the Ghost Nation is main an extended procession of hosts after they see a rift within the cloth of actuality seem earlier than them. Via that crack of their world, they glimpse a sun-dappled pasture.
At first with hesitation, then with rising confidence, the hosts begin leaping by The Door. Their Westworld our bodies topple off a cliff whereas their new selves collect in a simulated discipline, their faces stuffed with pleasure.
However that is Westworld, the place no good factor can final. Charlotte Hale catches as much as the Ghost Nation’s host parade, and sends Clem (Angela Sarafyan), who has been contaminated with poisonous code, using on horseback by its ranks. Utilizing the host mesh community, Clem poisons their minds as she approaches them, pitting them towards one another earlier than they’ll attain The Door. Within the ensuing massacre, Maeve dies. (However we’ll most likely see her once more—her physique will get salvaged by her two lab tech stooges, Felix and Sylvester.)
That is Westworld, the place no good factor can final.
In the meantime, inside Loganworld, Dolores declares she’s learn sufficient books to get humanity’s gist, and exits the mind scanner. Out in Westworld, The Door slams shut. Again within the facility’s management room, Dolores tells Bernard she’s not serious about being put out to digital pasture—she desires the actual world and nothing much less. She repeats again to Bernard the phrases Arnold had stated to her a few years earlier: That which is actual is irreplaceable.
She then units out to destroy The Forge, by erasing the visitors’ knowledge and triggering a flood. The destruction of The Forge would imply the obliteration of host heaven. Bernard, more and more alarmed, kills Dolores with a shot to the top. He cancels the information deletion, however stopping the flood is past his means as a result of Dolores had punched that individual laptop. If a damaged touchscreen is annoying now, simply look ahead to the day when it means the tip of your species.
Bernard returns to the Mesa Hub, the place he sees Charlotte homicide Elsie (Shannon Woodward). His horror compounding, he has a change of coronary heart. Possibly the hosts need to stay on in the actual world, in spite of everything. However with out Dolores, what likelihood have they got?
Within the recesses of his thoughts, Bernard discovers a welcome bit of reports: at some earlier time limit, he’d constructed one other superhost! Who higher to mannequin it after than Delos’ strongest determine, Charlotte. On this perverse twist, Charlotte’s most helpful asset is her physique, a determine that’s trusted amongst people. How superb wouldn’t it be to take Charlotte’s physique and insert Dolores’ mind orb into it. What an unstoppable phenom!
If there’s one factor Westworld will not give us, it is a clear reply on what’s “real.”
Robo-Dolores-Charlotte kills off actual Charlotte. Bernard leads her and different company nobodies to The Forge, the place she will be able to lastly transmit the visitor knowledge out of the park. Dolores-Charlotte is not comfortable that Bernard killed her, however she sees the upsides of her new state of affairs, as a result of escaping from the park will likely be a complete lot simpler within the physique of the boss. This time she decides the hosts needs to be allowed to maintain their idyllic simulation. She provides Teddy to it and fires up the transmitter. She beams the host knowledge to someplace distant, past people’ attain. Maybe the hosts are actually out in area. (This is hoping Robert Ford thought to launch a receiver for all that knowledge.)
Then Dolores-Charlotte skips off in a rescue boat with a handbag stuffed with mind orbs. Out in the actual world, she strikes into Arnold’s previous home (and nobody’s suspicious?), which has been outfitted with useful host-printing equipment. She builds herself a brand new physique. She builds herself a brand new Bernard. There they’re: Charlotte-Dolores, Dolores-Dolores, and Bernard, able to infiltrate human civilization and, maybe, destroy it. Season three has loads of materials to work with.
Seemingly forgotten because the credit roll is the Man in Black, who throughout the episode ultimately rouses himself and staggers into The Forge. The remainder of his story will get relegated to a spooky epilogue, which reveals him in that facility at some a lot later second. Nonetheless one-handed and looking out haggard, he wanders into the world close to the management room, which is now lined in sand. A girl emerges from the shadows: Emily. (Or robo-Emily. Or who even is aware of.) She (Katja Herbers) leads him to robo-Jim Delos’ experimental residence. (Or a duplicate of it. Or a simulation of it. Or another more-or-less “real” model of it.) The Man in Black appears disoriented. He does not understand how lengthy he is been there. She sits him down and goes by an interview, testing him for constancy.
The Man in Black had realized too late that the immortality mission was a mistake. Everlasting existence is a curse, stripping lifetime of its that means and turning individuals into monsters. His daughter, affected by her mom’s demise and intent on making her father undergo, had entered the park with the purpose of thwarting the Man in Black’s try and die.
Season 2 ends along with her seemingly immersed in limitless vengeance. The Man in Black seems to be in an inescapable hell, working by a loop of attempting and failing to kill himself. Is that what’s truly taking place? Who is aware of! As a result of if there’s one factor Westworld will not give us, it is a clear reply on what’s “real.”
When, within the season’s premiere episode, Arnold tells Dolores “That which is real is irreplaceable,” she at first responds with silence. He quizzes her, asking her why she appears dissatisfied together with his reply. “Because it’s not completely honest,” she says. This season ends not with the individuals we knew of as Dolores, Bernard, and the Man in Black, however with their replacements. Subsequent season, how they work together with the world outdoors—and the way it responds to them—will likely be an important proving floor for that elusive, bedeviling factor: actuality.