“And in that sleep, what dreams may come.”
Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) evokes the words of William Shakespeare, as he closes the book on the latest episode of Westworld, and opens a new chapter for the story moving forward. With one single scene, the HBO series from Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy leaps forward onto a dangerous new path, completely shattering two characters — one of them dead, and another transformed forevermore.
The big Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Theresa (Sidse Babett Knudsen) scene certainly stands out as one of the most mesmerizing Westworld sequences yet, but it’s far from the only major development in the episode. Here are the 10 most important moments from the seventh hour of the series.
1. Through the Looking Glass
The episode begins at some point in the past — or, more accurately, what we believe at the time is in the past. Bernard sits by his ailing son Charlie’s bedside, reading from Alice in Wonderland. “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t!” Foreshadowing much? The story takes a dark turn as Charlie starts to fade, but before we can see the fallout, Bernard lurches awake, free from his nightmare … as free as he can be, at least.
2. Storybook Beginnings
Elsewhere, William (Jimmi Simpson) and Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) continue their journey together, and consummate their feelings for one another. William reveals that when he was younger, he found meaning through books. After a life of faking it to make it, he now feels Westworld has revealed an undeniable truth, primarily through Dolores. “I’m not a key,” she tells William. It’s a potentially prophetic scene, considering theories that William and the Man in Black (Ed Harris) are one and the same.
3. Ghost Nation Protocol
William and Dolores are forced on the run when their train is attacked by Confederales. An elaborate horseback gun battle ensues, and the lovers only survive thanks to interference from the Ghost Nation tribe — the same painted warriors Maeve (Thandie Newton) sees in her recurring nightmare of a previous life, for what it’s worth. After surviving the encounter, William and Dolores find themselves on the outskirts of an expansive river. It’s a view Dolores has seen before, albeit only in her dreams, bringing her one step closer to finding the legendary maze.
4. The Contingency Plan
Back at the Mesa, Delos board director Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) takes Hector (Rodrigo Santoro) for a spin, before chastising Theresa about losing control over the park. Charlotte lays out her intentions quite clearly: Delos plans on ousting Ford, ideally through retirement. There’s concern that Ford will not go quietly and will destroy all of the park’s information, which is why the board tasked Theresa with smuggling information out of the park. It’s their contingency plan — but the plan requires a “blood sacrifice.”
5. Not Much of a Rind On You
In order to force Ford out of retirement, Charlotte and Theresa hatch a plan to blame host glitches on Ford’s reveries update. They make it look like the reveries are allowing the hosts to feel grudges against humans who have wronged them, making them capable of fatal violence. Poor Clementine (Angela Sarafyan) is used as an example, and is subsequently decommissioned. While she stops short of firing Ford, Charlotte fires Bernard for his oversight — even though Bernard knows this is nothing more than a ruse.
6. Escape Plan
Concerned for her missing friend, Maeve once again gets herself killed so she can return to the Mesa and look for Clementine. She arrives just in time to watch Sylvester (Ptolemy Slocum) lobotomize Clem. Quietly furious but resolute, Maeve later tells Sylvester and Felix (Leonardo Nam) that she won’t stand by and wait to suffer the same fate as Clementine. Instead, she’s going to break out of Westworld — and Felix and Sylvester will help her, or else she will kill them.
7. Hold the Door
The episode plunges into darkness in its final act. Bernard confronts Theresa with the knowledge that she staged the reveries glitch, and knows all about her sending information out of Westworld. But he also knows that something is wrong with Ford. To that end, Bernard takes Theresa to Ford’s secret cottage in order to show her the hosts he’s making off-the-grid. But unbeknownst to Bernard, his noble intentions are not actually his intentions at all. There’s a sense that something is incredibly wrong once Theresa points out a door in the cottage — a door Bernard can’t see, a classic sign of host behavior.
8. The Truth About Bernard
As it turns out, Bernard’s exhibiting classic host behavior because he is, in fact, a host. Ford shows up and confirms the development, all but twirling his nonexistent mustache as he inches toward Theresa like a shark. For his part, Bernard refuses to accept the truth, insisting that he had a wife and a son. But Ford removes Bernard’s emotional affect, making it clear once and for all that the theories are more than just crackpot speculation: Bernard is very much a host, and very much capable of destruction.
9. The Blood Sacrifice
We see just how ruthless robot Bernard can be, as Ford commands him to murder Theresa. It’s a quick but brutal display of violence, as Bernard slams his former lover into a wall and kills her with a single punch to the head. Theresa crumples to the floor, dead, while Bernard calmly puts on his suit and tie. “We should be getting back, Bernard,” Ford tells his loyal servant. “We have a great deal of work to do on the new storylines.”
Finally, let’s close with where we began. The first scene of this episode deserves a closer look, given the Bernard revelation. Notice the music in the scene? It’s a piece called “Reverie,” composed by Claude Debussy. Certainly, the title holds significance on the show, given the reveries programmed by Ford. It’s also a song that’s been heard before in previous Ford scenes. Why is it here in the scene with Bernard? Is it because the fact that Bernard is a host is only the tip of iceberg — could it be that the show is using “Reverie” as a theme not just for Ford, but for the park’s other founder, Arnold? The idea that Jeffrey Wright is playing both Bernard and Arnold has never been stronger, considering the show’s latest developments. Chew on the possibility while you listen to the piece.
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