Warning: The following contains complete spoilers for the Westworld Season 4 episode “Que Será, Será,” which aired on HBO on August 14.
Read our review of last week’s Westworld episode, “Metanoia”, click here.
With Westworld getting so big with its robotic apocalypse, and even bigger with the absolute end point for all of humanity, there was no more story… than to go back to the park. Shrink it all down to something smaller. Give us west world again. It was almost comical how far the story went beyond the park’s first two seasons (while still staying in the title), so much so that this season and the previous one were featured. new ones parks, just to give the feeling of belonging. There were no huge surprises in “Que Será, Será” (as there was no turning back from last week), but it still unfolded nicely as an “aftermath”-esque finale that takes us to the next – and presumably last – phase led from the story.
“Que Será, Será” focused on Hale’s final confrontation with William, Caleb and Frankie’s escape and tearful goodbye, and — finally — Dolores’ true role in it all. The reveal of Christina/Dolores felt good, but also disappointing. It wasn’t that hard to figure out that she made up Teddy (mainly after they revealed that she also created Maya, her evil boss, and even paranoid Peter) to wake her up, but that didn’t stop the sentiment of the moment and the tender scenes between them from working. In fact, this is the most attention paid to their relationship to date. The bigger revelation that played out here, to break it all down, was that the world of Dolores was digital different from everyone else. She was a ghost surrounded by a small circle of ghosts.
Side Quest: Hale stomping on the floor of the digital city map and shaking the reality of Dolores was pretty rad.
So Bernard sent a message to Hale, it turned out, a message that made Hale a de facto hero — or even a Maeve surrogate, if you will — for this finale. She was now out to stop William from getting his murderous mitts on the Sublime, and the gun Bernard had hidden at the dam last week was actually meant for her. We left things behind with Dolores having a giant Westworld sim in the Sublime, something that represents a “last test” for both humanity and the hosts (or possibly just the hosts, as there’s no real way to sneak people in there , However?). Anyway, whatever stories are running in this new park are there to determine whether… aware life goes on, not necessarily human life…as far as we can tell.
Damn, Stubbs almost made it! There was a little fun twist last week when Stubbs was alive and Bernard died because Stubbs assumed he would be the one to get killed. And this week it certainly looked like he would make it, but then Clementine beat him up rather unceremoniously. See, Stubbs was never a full-fledged character. He started as a blank slate and then became the man who rolled his eyes at Bernard, but he who survived last week’s first purge held promise. But now that’s done. Clementine was never a developed personality either, but she had to make at least one menacing move before all was said and done.
The use of music at the end of these last two episodes of Season 4 really helped the story and landed these big chapters, while also reminding us of Jonathan Nolan’s love for David Bowie and Radiohead (who we knew from Person of Interest). , even though Nolan didn’t end up using “Heroes” in the POI final). Anyway, Ramin Djawadi’s (Game of Thrones, Person of Interest) instrumental version of Radiohead’s “Pyramid Song” was sublime (pun intended!). If humanity had to disappear, you could do worse musically. Again, when you have so much going on in your story, and life itself is at stake, it helps to sort it all out if you have a song and a sombre voiceover.
The idea here is that people only have a few years to go. Some will remain as outliers, in the badlands, but they will not last. It’s actually the screenplay of The Road. That’s a bit of a shame for Frankie, considering everything she and her mom (and dad) have done to try and save everyone, and even more of a dead man’s hand when you consider that Caleb is spending his last moments (in his last Caleb form) to make Frankie certainly survived. But now it’s like… survived for what? Hopefully, Season 5’s Sublime Park story will feature Frankie and the remaining humans in some way. It seems easy to bring back anyone who’s ever been a host (even if they never made it to Sublime) because there are always robot tricks available, but humans are another deal.
Speaking of bots, it was cool to see past Westworld hosts Steven Ogg and Jonathan Tucker return, albeit briefly, for some Purge Planet mayhem. Ogg was knocked out by an ax during the fun “murder chain” opener while Tucker was shot by William on the way to the Hoover Dam. It’s a small thing, sure, but little nuggets like that help tie things together when the story gets too big. It reminded us of where we came from and predicted, as we would find out, where we were going. “One last loop around the bend.”