‘Westworld’ Recap, Season 2 Episode 4: More Human Than Human

Also inhabiting this muddled world of semi-human and semi-host is Bernard, whose brain (aka control unit) is damaged, causing him to become dissociated and increasingly robotic. With his health deteriorating, he floats from scene to scene in a mechanical daze, his memories a jumbled mess.

In this episode he awakens outside a cave, wherein he discovers Elsie (Shannon Woodward), the assistant he thought he had killed on Ford’s orders. He didn’t kill her after all; instead he shackled her to a rock and left her with a pile of protein bars (how thoughtful!). Elsie curses him, but Bernard briefs her on the current state of chaos and they broker an uneasy truce. “Ford wrote a game and we’re all in it,” he tells her.

He remembers in a fractured flashback that the cave has a portal to a secret facility. Descending into it, they discover a lab full of dead technicians and drone hosts, the menacing, all-white superbots that glide around doing lab work but always look ready to kill.

“What were they doing here?” Elsie asks. “I think they were watching the guests,” Bernard replies. Still struggling to make sense of his fragmented memories, Bernard suddenly realizes he’s been to this facility before—Charlotte Hale brought him here earlier, though that might not have been his only visit. “They weren’t building hosts, not exactly,” he says in a halting voice. “The same hardware, but the code is different. The language is not code at all, not really.”

Behind a locked door in the facility they discover the glass-strewn remains of Jim Delos’ apartment. He’s still there, riding his exercise bike amid the rubble. His face lacerated and caked with blood looking like Sam Neill at the end of Event Horizon, he greets his visitors with a shard of mirror clutched in his hand like a knife. He mutters some cryptic lines about two fathers who are actually one father plus a reflection, but Elsie quickly terminates him. A broken mirror is an apt metaphor—Westworld, as William has often said, is supposed to show us who we truly are. By removing inhibitions and consequences, the park holds a mirror up to our faces, revealing truths that are otherwise occluded by society’s programming. But it’s never been a perfect reflection, and Jim’s shattered self suggests that the quest for immortality might ultimately break us.

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A sudden memory jolts Bernard. He recalls that Ford (Anthony Hopkins) had sent him here to print another human. But who was it? (If I were Ford, I would most likely print out … Ford.) On an earlier visit to this facility, Bernard had picked up a small red ball—presumably the data representing some human’s personhood—and slipped it in his pocket. He then magically commanded the drone hosts to kill the lab techs and then themselves. He was the one who caused the carnage in this facility.

Out in the park, the Ghost Nation warriors have rounded up the guests for a forced march. Among them is a familiar figure: Grace (Katja Herbers), the woman who swam from the India-themed park to Westworld. She’s an aficionado not only of the India park but of Westworld, it turns out. She’s even learned the Ghost Nation’s language. She manages to escape with a credulity-stretching sprint past some Ghost Nation toughs. Seemingly unmoved, the warriors continue menacing the remaining humans, including Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth), the Delos head of security whom they captured last season. With a knife to Ashley’s throat, the Ghost Nation leader says in American English, “You live only as long as the last person who remembers you,” an abrupt meditation on the meaning of life. It’s not just about you, but about your relationships—thanks for the reminder, Ghost Nation! (We’ve met this leader before: In the past—and minus the war paint—he or a human version of him had pitched Logan Delos on a cool new investment opportunity, a project where robots are indistinguishable from humans.) Then poof! The members of the Ghost Nation suddenly disappear, leaving the humans alone.

The Man in Black, meanwhile, is facing down Confederados with Lawrence (Clifton Collins Jr.). They have returned to Lawrence’s hometown, where his wife and daughter live. (The daughter, if you’ve forgotten, was the person who gave the Man in Black his first hints about how to find the maze.) She ominously tells him, “You still don’t understand the real game we’re playing here. If you’re looking forward, you’re looking in the wrong direction.”

The Man in Black and Lawrence gallop off into the sunset, the most cliché cowboy moment, with open fields and a sky awash in color. But then who is this, riding straight towards them? It’s Grace, sometime after her escape from the Ghost Nation. She looks the Man in Black straight in the eye and says, “Hi, Dad.”

It’s a startling revelation—and it’s not. She’s echoed him in every scene she’s been in. Her motives, however, remain a mystery. The Man in Black’s personal life, and (presumably) the thoughts that keep him up at night, are now shaping Westworld.

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