‘Westworld’ Season 4 Premiere Recap: A Mysterious Caller, A Time Jump and Teddy


Sunday’s Westworld premiere kicked a new year off with a bang — or rather, a buzz — landing the present again into our Tv set routine after a two-year hiatus.

The fourth season’s story picks up seven years right after the season 3 finale and introduces a new variation of Dolores named Christina, a new risk for Caleb and Maeve to tackle, and some mysterious human manipulation involving … flies? (That opening scene unlocked a new panic.) It also delivers again a sure cowboy hat-donning key character very last found in time 2. Teddy admirers, rejoice!

There will be 8 episodes whole in year 4 of HBO’s intellect-bending sci-fi series, which suggests we have 7 a lot more Sundays of placing the puzzle parts jointly. Let us choose a look at where matters stand immediately after episode 1.

Increase of the flies

The episode’s opening scene areas us at a mysterious facility close to the Hoover Dam that is owned by a cartel-like corporation. “William” displays up (it’s unclear if it is really him, or a duplicate), and he tells his host that he isn’t seeking to “invest” info with them — as an alternative, they have one thing that was stolen from 1 of his facilities 8 years ago, and he needs to obtain the full spot. The man refuses to market, and William warns him he’ll get it both way.

When the guy returns dwelling, he finds it is really been invaded by a gnarly swarm of flies. The upcoming time we see him, it is a new working day. The man heads into get the job done and proceeds to attack just one of his buddies with a knife. Bloodied, he hands in excess of a unit to William, then slits his very own throat. We didn’t see precisely what took place between the time the man noticed the flies and turns on his friends, but I’m sure we will master additional about these freaky, perhaps weaponized bugs later this period.

Some history on the “is it William, is it not” query: In the put up-credits of year 3, we observed a host edition of William fatally wound human William. Season 3 Charlotte Hale (the model that’s fitted with a copy of Dolores’ intellect) seems to have established alternate William. Offered that, it appears to be extremely probably this is not OG William we are viewing in season 4.

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Matters last but not least went William’s way this episode. It’s possible that’s a indicator he’s not fairly the William we know.


Christina is the new Dolores

Dolores is brunette. Much more importantly, she solutions to a new title — Christina — and has missing all recollection of who she the moment was. (I’m assuming this is the Dolores we know from right before — it would make sense since Rehoboam entirely wiped Dolores’ memories in the season 3 finale.) 

She’s adoringly identified as “Chrissy” by her good friend Maya, who’s played by Oscar-successful actress Ariana DeBose, and operates as a movie game designer for a firm identified as Olympiad Amusement. In contrast with Delores, Christina is significantly much more timid, soft-spoken and even a minor melancholy. Close to the conclude of the episode, she data a pitch for a movie activity character who feels “an emptiness” in her life. Could it probably be your-previous-life-was-basically-deleted sort of emptiness?

A mysterious caller

Soon following we meet Christina, we learn she’s been dodging tons of odd phone calls from a person she doesn’t know. While strolling household from a terrible date further more in the episode, she encounters the caller, Peter, in individual. Peter claims Christina wrote him into a recreation, top him to reduce his spouse and task. Christina, baffled, claims she can’t aid him. Peter threatens her with a blade, but a mysterious man or woman pries him off just in time. We would not get extra responses to this puzzle out of Peter — he jumps off a developing in entrance of Christina afterwards in the episode — but his spiel suggests there are some others like him. 

Caleb is a development employee all over again

Seven yrs or extra just after the season 3 finale, Caleb is suitable back again in which he commenced just before he satisfied Dolores — working in building. We master that riots transpired subsequent the occasions in time 3, (here’s a refresh on that season if you will need it). Caleb claims the riots “received us our liberty.” His coworker disagrees, asking Caleb if his life has actually modified. The coworker argues Rehoboam only explained to people today who they currently were being, not who they could be. The episode also reveals an adorable 7-12 months-outdated daughter named Frankie and a spouse who’s really exhausted of him actively playing faux soldier.

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Hunting ahead to viewing workforce Maleb in motion.


Maeve with the conserve

Maeve has been off the grid for seven years, residing in a distant cabin in a snowy spot. But some new people disturb that existence. Maeve can take out the unwelcome visitors and acknowledges just one of them as Colonel Brigham, a host from Westworld who led the Confederados. Employing some specialty Maeve intellect tips — this time, she chops off the head off of a physique and hooks herself up to it — she uncovers that William despatched the goons. (A reminder, this may possibly essentially be host William managed by pretend Charlotte.)

Maeve turns up just in time to sink a sword into a villain shooting at Caleb and his daughter. Caleb and Maeve depart for California jointly, on the trail of a senator they know William is hunting for.

Teddy’s return

Are you prepared for a lot more Teddy? In the last couple of seconds of the premiere, we noticed the faithful Delores ally stage out of the shadows beneath Christina’s condominium. Teddy last appeared in time 2, when he shot himself following telling Delores that she created him into a monster. (He is generally a fantastic-natured character, but Dolores altered him in the 2nd period.) He didn’t show up in period 3.


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