WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Season 3, Episode 7, of Westworld, “Crisis Theory,” which aired Sunday on HBO.
In the penultimate episode of Westworld‘s third season, Dolores and Maeve engaged in a brutal battle that ended with Dolores’ arm blown off. And to make sure that Maeve wouldn’t get to Cal or Solomon, Dolores ended the battle by detonating an EMP blast that effectively shut her and Maeve down. As the episode came to a close, it was unclear if Dolores, a character who already had her fair share of onscreen deaths, had died for good this time. However, in the opening moments of the Season 3 finale, it’s revealed that wasn’t the case.
In fact, Cal brings the host back online with a new body. But this body is different than the previous ones Dolores, or other hosts, have had. In fact, it gives her a major upgrade that easily makes her the most powerful host in the series.
After Dolores is shut down by her EMP blast, Caleb removes the pearl from inside her head — the device that makes Dolores who she is — and he starts following Solomon’s orders. These instructions take him to a warehouse where he finds a Delos container. There, he has all the pieces he needs to assemble a new body for Dolores. But it’s clear that these pieces aren’t made of the usual white material that makes up the host bodies. It’s more of a machine body, and one less meant to copy that of a human being. Dolores explains that this body was an earlier version of hosts before their human creators made them weaker and more vulnerable.
With this body, Dolores may share less in common with human beings, but she is also much stronger and much sturdier as a result. In fact, with no organs to speak of, Dolores can’t get hurt like she used to. Bullets have no effect on her because they have nothing damaging to hit and as later seen, Maeve’s sword can’t slice through the metallic frame that makes up Dolores’ body. Essentially, she can’t be killed anymore — at least not by any means that would kill humans.
However, as is later revealed in the Season 3 finale, Dolores can die. In fact, by plugging her into Rehoboam, Engerraund Serac erases all of her memories, effectively killing what makes Dolores, Dolores. As the episode comes to a close, she lies lifeless underneath Rehoboam, a decommissioned host body without a mind living inside of it.
And yet, though she might be dead, this doesn’t mean that Dolores may not come back — if not her mind, then her body. After all, while her personality was wiped clean, another pearl could still hypothetically be placed inside the host body when the series returns for its fourth season. In that case, whoever would find themselves inside it would become the most powerful host on Earth.
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.
In the Season 3 finale of Westworld, “Crisis Theory,” Dolores gets a new body which gives her a major upgrade and makes her the most powerful host.