Westworld Recap: Season 4 Episode 4 – Weapon Revealed, Dolores Hale Plan


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Action, intrigue and sneaky time jumps abound western world‘s “Generation Loss,” an episode primarily about Caleb and his importance to Dolores-Hale. We’re getting more Christina (and Teddy!) this week, but most of the plot drive happens through Maeve, Caleb, Bernard… Basically every main character except Christina.

When we left her last week, Caleb and Maeve fell straight into Dolores-Hale’s trap. William fought and defeated Maeve while Caleb came face to face with a host copy of his daughter Frankie. Now he’s in some kind of fly-induced stun.

The scene breaks away from the drama at Delos’ new theme park and switches to Maeve and Caleb in a different setting, on a different mission. They storm a beach compound and manipulate the building into exploding, taking with it the last of Serac’s supercomputer, Rehoboam. As they leave, Caleb sustains a gunshot wound in a brief firefight. Maeve drags him to a nearby beach and tries to stop the bleeding, but Caleb doesn’t seem to be stabilizing…

But before we can get any clarity, a blurry Dolores-Hale slowly comes into focus. We’re back with Caleb’s post fly attack. Dolores-Hale tells him that she plans to use these parasites to infect and control everyone of his kind. Nearby, Maeve realizes that this William is a host. She battles him again, and this time wins by hacking into the park’s computer system and unleashing a piercing noise that incapacitates her enemy. Taking advantage of the disruption, Caleb holds a shard of glass to Dolores-Hale’s throat and demands to know how to get the flies out of him. Dolores-Hale refuses to tell him. Later, when he tries to escape the park with Dolores-Hale in tow, Caleb and Maeve get caught in a firefight between the hosts. The flies’ influence takes hold of Caleb and he grabs an abandoned gun and aims it at Maeve, but he is stabbed by a host before he can pull the trigger.

The story then returns to Christina. Her roommate Maya wakes her up and tells her about a strange dream in which a cloud of flies ruined their family picnic. She remembers how the flies took over her mother, then her father, and finally her. As the two leave Christina’s room, we’re left with her latest painting: the mysterious tower we’ve been seeing all season. There is definitely more to come on this front.

western worldBack in the desert, Bernard, Ashley, and their new “allies” begin searching for the weapon Bernard mentioned. There is a debate within the group as to whether or not Bernard and Ashley are trustworthy, resulting in the two becoming separated. Bernard leads them to where the gun is said to be

While they’re out, Christina and Maya meet up with Teddy, who says what he always says when he hands Dolores things: “Don’t bother with me. I’m just trying to look chivalrous.” Teddy and Christina chat, each exchanging facts about their lives before the latter asks if they know each other.

A still wounded Caleb struggles to stay conscious. Flashbacks to the earlier scene at the beach reveal two things: that Caleb didn’t die and that Maeve stayed with him for weeks while he recovered. She eventually left because she saw that he could have a life, that he could have something to fight for if she left. She explains that she went off the grid to protect him, hence her seclusion in the forest in the first episode.

That night, the William host, whom Maeve fought earlier, catches up to her. Maeve agrees to fight him off so Caleb can contact his friends and get them out of the park. That’s when the flies decide to take over, and soon all Caleb can hear is the ringing in his ears and the faint monologue of a smug Dolores-Hale. She really loves reminding people how powerful her mind control is.

Dolores-Hale orders Caleb to shoot Maeve, but Caleb overcomes her influence and guns down William instead. Angry and surprised, Dolores-Hale asks how he could disobey her. But before Caleb can reply, a wounded William blows a hole in Maeve’s chest, gloating over the fact that he’s killed her once again. Maeve remotely activates several explosives and appears to kill herself and William. Forgive us if we are not convinced that she is dead dead; she will come back

Caleb briefly loses consciousness and dreams of his men rescuing him. When Caleb wakes up, Dolores-Hale drops a bombshell: Caleb is a host copy (#278).

western worldIn the desert, Bernard talks to the woman who picked him up in the last episode. She reveals she doesn’t want to find the gun; She wants to find her father’s body. For those who called it, pat yourself on the back: the woman (designated as “C”) is actually an adult Frankie. Bernard digs and finds the weapon he promised – Maeve, long buried in the desert after her confrontation with William.

The shot changes and Caleb is in an elegant building talking to Dolores-Hale. He runs outside, sees the tower we’ve heard so much about, and everyone around him freezes as if he’s been ordered to do so. Dolores-Hale closes the episode with a chilly, “Welcome to my world.”

What do you think of Episode 4 and how is Season 4 progressing?

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