The next comprises spoilers for Westworld Season 4, Episode 1, “The Auguries,” now streaming on HBO Max.
Dolores has undergone many main transformations all through the primary three seasons of Westworld. The sequence’ first season adopted her gradual journey to self-awareness, skipping all through time and exhibiting her slowly reaching the middle of the “maze” Arnold had designed as a metaphor for the steps required to attain sentience. As soon as she does, she’s reworked right into a killing machine, executing Ford and main a violent revolt to attempt to escape the park. This escape coincides with absorbing Westworld’s library of consumer information, which she makes use of in Season 3, laser-focused on her mission of robotic liberation.
Her destiny on the finish of Season 3 was unclear, having sacrificed herself to slide a virus into the godlike machine Rehoboam and switch management of it to Caleb Nichols. However Season 4 finds her in a wierd, unnamed metropolis with brown hair and a brand new identify: Christina. “Christina” is unaware of her earlier id, and believes she’s a human like anybody else. Her solely hints at one thing being flawed is a wierd sense of ennui she feels, which she channels into her work at a gaming firm, Olympiad Leisure.
Dolores mentions on a date that she writes primarily for background characters, those gamers may solely work together with for a second or so. She explains how she takes nice care in doing so, which makes good sense on a unconscious stage — she herself was a background character in Westworld. There’s additionally a single instance of certainly one of her full tales, that of a younger man who “loses everything, drowns his sorrows and stalks some girl,” earlier than “everyone dies.” It is a unhappy story, made much more tragic as a result of it is actually taking place.
Dolores receives an odious quantity of spam calls all through the episode, all from Peter, a person who pleads her to cease, telling her that her recreation ruined his life. He even reveals up on the finish of the episode, attacking her with a knife earlier than being pulled off by an unknown savior, the pair vanishing a second later. Dolores would not appear to know what to make of this, and is additional confused when he reveals up once more the following morning, asking her why she wrote his story the best way she did earlier than leaping off a rooftop and committing suicide.
All of Dolores’ unusual experiences level to at least one conclusion — she’s in a brand new park. A number of components of “The Auguries” are shot as intentional callbacks to the present’s first episode. Pictures of Dolores waking up in mattress are nearly an identical, and her roommate asking, “Which would you choose, white or black?” is a direct nod to the cowboy hats from Westworld. She sees a chalk drawing of the maze on her balcony, and Peter’s conduct is spot on for a bunch who’s turn into self-aware and is attempting to interrupt their loop.
If all of that circumstantial proof wasn’t sufficient, Dolores even stumbles upon a bunch of company early into the episode, who exclaim that “this place is fucking wild,” whereas one other one cannot consider it is their good friend’s “first time.” These are precisely the kind of quotes one would count on from wealthy company exploring their time within the high-fidelity sandbox world the Delos parks present. Dolores is again in the identical jail from the primary season, as soon as once more trapped and unable to even see the bars of the cage that surrounds her. The one distinction this time is her identify and her function, as she dictates the fates of these round her and locks them in to loops simply as tragic as her personal.
New episodes of Westworld premiere Sundays on HBO and HBO Max.