Westworld has turned out to be the biggest new series for HBO in several years. The show has been winning over fans not only with high production values and a deep-lore set of mysteries - building and expanding on the original film's central premise of a Wild West adult theme park where the "hosts" are beginning to show signs of dangerous malfunction - but with bigger questions about the origins of the park itself and a perspective-shift to the hosts themselves. This has left viewers scrambling for clues and secrets as to where the story goes next.
As Westworld season 1 heads into its second half, HBO has offered audiences curious about what's next for the park, its hosts, and its guests. In addition to an extended promo for the next five episodes, HBO has unveiled synopses for the remaining four episodes before the Westworld season 1 finale.
While the new synopses don't appear to reveal any significant bombshells that fans may have been hoping for, the basic outlines of the episodes (titled 'The Adversary,' 'Trompe L'Oeil', 'Trace Decay,' and 'The Well-Tempered Clavier') demonstrate that the characters and unfolding mysteries that fans have become captivated by will remain at the center of the narrative going forward. However, as Westworld fans well know by now, that doesn't mean that new mysteries and bigger implications won't be building up along the margins.
From HBO's official press release:
Episode #6: “The Adversary”Debut date: SUNDAY, NOV. 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)Other HBO playdates: Nov. 6 (11:30 p.m., 2:00 a.m.), 7 (10:30 p.m.), 8 (9:00 p.m.), 9 (11:30 p.m.) and 15 (8:00 p.m.)HBO2 playdates: Nov. 7 (8:00 p.m.), 11 (8:00 p.m.), 12 (noon, 11:05 p.m.), 13 (8:00 p.m.) and 26 (5:05 p.m.), and Dec. 4 (5:05 p.m.) and 10 (4:10 p.m.)Maeve (Thandie Newton) charms Lutz (Leonardo Nam); Elsie (Shannon Woodward) uncovers possible sabotage; the Man in Black (Ed Harris) and Teddy (James Marsden) run afoul of a garrison.Written by Halley Gross & Jonathan Nolan; directed by Frederick E.O. Toye.
Episode #7: “Trompe L’Oeil”Debut date: SUNDAY, NOV. 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)Other HBO playdates: Nov. 13 (11:30 p.m., 2:00 a.m.), 14 (11:30 p.m.), 15 (9:00 p.m.), 16 (11:30 p.m.), 19 (10:15 p.m.) and 22 (8:00 p.m.)HBO2 playdates: Nov. 14 (8:00 p.m.), 18 (8:00 p.m.), 19 (1:10 p.m.), 20 (8:00 p.m.) and 26 (6:05 p.m.), and Dec. 4 (6:05 p.m.) and 10 (5:10 p.m.)Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and William (Jimmi Simpson) journey into treacherous terrain; Maeve (Thandie Newton) delivers an ultimatum; Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) considers his next move.Written by Halley Gross & Jonathan Nolan; directed by Frederick E.O. Toye.
Episode #8: “Trace Decay”Debut date: SUNDAY, NOV. 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)Other HBO playdates: Nov. 20 (11:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 21 (11:45 p.m.), 22 (9:00 p.m.), 23 (10:30 p.m.), 25 (10:00 p.m.), 26 (1:50 a.m.) and 29 (8:00 p.m.)HBO2 playdates: Nov. 21 (8:00 p.m.), 25 (8:00 p.m.), 26 (7:00 p.m.) and 27 (8:00 p.m.), and Dec. 4 (7:00 p.m.) and 10 (6:10 p.m.)Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) struggles with a mandate; Maeve (Thandie Newton) looks to change her script; Teddy (James Marsden) is jarred by dark memories.Written by Charles Yu & Lisa Joy; directed by Stephen Williams.
Episode #9: “The Well-Tempered Clavier”Debut date: SUNDAY, NOV. 27 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)Other HBO playdates: Nov. 27 (11:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 28 (11:20 p.m.), 29 (9:00 p.m.) and 30 (10:35 p.m.), and Dec. 2 (8:00 p.m.), 3 (11:00 p.m.) and 6 (8:00 p.m.)HBO2 playdate: Nov. 28 (8:00 p.m.) and Dec. 2 (12:55 a.m.), 3 (2:30 p.m.), 4 (8:00 p.m.) and 10 (7:10 p.m.)Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) reconnect with their pasts; Maeve (Thandie Newton) makes a bold proposition to Hector (Rodrigo Santoro); Teddy (James Marsden) finds enlightenment, at a price.Written by Dan Dietz & Katherine Lingenfelter; directed by Michelle MacLaren.
What do you think? Is it enough to keep you coming back to Westworld for the remainder of the first season, or are the show's many mysteries and puzzles doing that already?
Westworld continues next Sunday with ‘The Adversary’ @9pm on HBO.
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