WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Season 3, Episode 8, of Westworld, “Crisis Theory,” which aired Sunday on HBO.
Westworld’s third season had a fiery ending with Dolores Prime (Evan Rachel Wood) freeing the real world from Engerrand Serac’s (Vincent Cassel) control. She turned Maeve (Thandie Newton) against him, allowing Caleb (Aaron Paul) to shut down the Rehoboam A.I; however, as Caleb and Maeve watch society burn to the ground, this is just the beginning. When fans factor in the two post-credits scenes, it’s clear a new war is coming, and it seems it’ll be led by the vicious Halores (Tessa Thompson). With that in mind, let’s look at all the threads setting up a Season 4.
Halores watches her new enforcer, the vicious Man in Black host (Ed Harris), murder the human William at a Delos complex in Dubai. Audiences then see her creating an army of hosts, most likely inspired after she betrayed Prime and Sato. Halores does admit humanity is a weakness, something the Prime disagreed with in the finale, so it seems she’s making hosts to either enslave or replace humans.
She steals the Sector 16 data on human hosts, so populating these bodies won’t be tough, and she could have gotten inside Prime’s head and swiped the code of Solomon to build an A.I. of her own. Halores is much colder without her family alive, and with her evil William alongside her as well as Delos’s assets, she may well be creating a lot more mech fighters and war machines to curb mankind.
Caleb and Maeve will surely be leading this rebellion against Halores. There are the Dolores clones, such as Lawrence, as well as the Connells one Halores has, so this could give way to a new army of Dolori once again. Maeve even has Hanaryo, Clementine and Sato’s Dolores pearl too. Audiences also don’t know if Prime’s still alive in Rehoboam’s sphere, so if this pearl is unlocked, the legion could become stronger should she return to her strongest body or decide to act as an A.I.
There are also the outliers at Serac’s New Mexico facility, including his brother. They’re unpredictable agents of chaos robbed of their freedom, providing soldiers for the ever-trusty Caleb to lead as part of a new social justice wave. His legend as a freedom fighter could be spread all over America, making him a TV version of Terminator’s John Connor. Halores won’t appreciate this at all as she resents what Prime stood for, uniting both humans and hosts.
Bernard has returned from the Sublime; although given the dusty atmosphere, audiences don’t know how much time has elapsed. If Caleb and Maeve are still around, Bernard could offer them soldiers like Teddy and Akecheta for the impending war, and Maeve would definitely want her daughter back. Bernard knows how to make hosts too for populating, but there’s also the chance Halores might warp and use him to populate her own host nation.
Bernard does have a split personality afterall, so fans could see a Jekyll and Hyde feud emerge with his two sides wanting to use the Sublime for different purposes. This offers a lot of leverage, and Stubbs, once he’s survived, will be key in protecting his friend and the Sublime minds, giving viewers a brilliant buddy-cop dynamic. Prime has an endgame for these minds as she believes the Forge/Valley Beyond is a prison, so their liberation into the real world will be a major plot point too.
Fans now know Park 5 is some sort of Terrorist World the U.S. government has soldiers training at. While all the listed parks have been revealed, audiences don’t know if more parks have been created by Halores or if others have been unlocked across the globe and not just in China’s waters. With more hosts being made, Halores could use these parks to test their fidelities or continue Rehoboam’s initiatives of reprogramming humans as experiments.
There’s also the wild possibility of the show moving to space since viewers saw rockets launching this season. With Earth being razed thanks to Prime’s actions, the elite may have fled, leaving the planet to its own devices. Audiences can’t put it past Delos or some other business like Incite to have cosmic parks and simulations in space, which could bring interstellar stories into the fold. Alien worlds would be an expansive and ambitious territory to tread, but it would definitely freshen up the series.
Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO, Westworld stars returning cast members Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth, Simon Quarterman and Rodrigo Santoro, joined by series newcomers Aaron Paul, Vincent Cassel, Lena Waithe, Scott Mescudi, Marshawn Lynch, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Ealy and Tommy Flanagan.
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