9 details you might have missed on the latest episode of ‘Westworld’

Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Westworld” season two, episode four, “Riddle of the Sphinx.” HBO’s second season of “Westworld” powered on with a supercharged episode directed by co-creator Lisa Joy. From the return of Elsie to the reveal of Emily (William’s daughter), there was a lot of new info to track. Though certain parts of the timeline are more confusing than ever with Bernard’s time slippage, we’re here to bring clarity on the major storylines in the series. Keep reading for a look at nine major details you might have missed on the latest episode. The episode opens with a long take shot of James Delos in the research facility, echoing… Read More

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No, That Episode of Westworld Was Not an Homage to Lost

There are precisely two times that a TV show has completely blown my mind. One was, of course, when Ned Stark lost his head in the first season of Game of Thrones in 2011. (By the time of subsequent shocks such as the Red Wedding, I’d read the novels.) The other was the Season 2 opener of Lost, back in 2005. In what appeared to be a flashback, Desmond (played by the Scottish-Peruvian actor Henry Ian Cusick) put a record on a turntable to play a 1960s hit (Mama Cass’s “Make Your Own Kind of Music”), rode an exercise bike, went to the kitchen sink and the bathroom, and indulged… Read More

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Westworld and the Question of Immortality

Every week for the second season of Westworld, three Atlantic staffers will discuss new episodes of HBO’s cerebral sci-fi drama. David Sims: Westworld’s first season was largely focused on the abuse of artificial life, given that the park hosts’ purpose almost exclusively revolved around sex, violence, and suffering. The freedom Dolores and her ilk were fighting for was simple consciousness—a right to their own memories and self-awareness. In just the first four episodes, Westworld’s second season has exploded that basic quest into all kinds of fascinating directions, but “The Riddle of the Sphinx” was the first to really grapple with one of the most obvious questions in AI, which is:… Read More

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Everything you need to know about William’s tragic family history on ‘Westworld’

Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Westworld” season two, episode four, “Riddle of the Sphinx.” Sunday’s “Westworld” episode ended with a surprising reunion between William and his estranged daughter, Emily. The two came together after a heart-wrenching series of flashbacks showing William as he aged and tried to successfully keep his father-in-law, James Delos, alive via a human-host hybrid. Much of William’s story on this episode centered on him coming to terms with his wife Juliet’s death. As we knew from season one, Juliet killed herself and Emily placed the blame for this action solely on William. Let’s take a closer look at what we know about Juliet and Emily so far,… Read More

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