Westworld Season 4, Episode 4 Ending Defined
It’s Charlotte Hale’s world; everybody else is simply residing in it. Or, within the case of Westworld’s newest episode, everybody else’s clones are simply residing in it, unknowingly underneath her management.
Season 4, episode 4 concluded with one other basic Westworldian rug-pull, this time revealing that Hale (Tessa Thompson) has achieved her grand scheme of changing people with hosts—or so it appears. And so they’re all underneath her command. Certainly one of them is poor Caleb (Aaron Paul), who realizes that he, in his present kind, is the 278th copy of the unique human Caleb, who truly died 23 years in the past. Now, this isn’t the basic “OMG, he’s been a robotic all this time!” sort of gotcha Westworld has hit us with in previous seasons. Caleb actually was a human after we first met him. However he was contaminated with a parasite by the flies on the Delos labs, which basically made him weak to thoughts management and boggled his reminiscences. Hale finally ends up experimenting on him, however he doesn’t know that as a result of every new iteration of Caleb is programmed along with his real-life reminiscences. He thinks he’s nonetheless his true human self with a little bit of mind fog; in actuality, he’s a duplicate working via his programming. Yikes.
Thompson explains Charlotte’s manipulation of Caleb to ELLE.com: “She’s been experimenting, basically, on him for a extremely very long time, and, yeah, it’s unsavory. And but now we have seen this company, Delos, do this with host-kind over the course of the final three seasons. And the irony, in fact, is that Charlotte Hale [as a human] was one of many huge proponents of that. And in order that [is] like a candy justice, in a manner, that Hale is after.”
Bear in mind, this model of Charlotte was launched final season as a brand new host with Dolores’ programming, however clearly she has advanced into her personal being together with her personal motivations and views since then. “The Charlotte Hale that we meet on this season in some methods has been round for a very long time, has been attempting at a imaginative and prescient of the world to numerous levels of success,” Thompson says. “However I’d say she’s a mastermind. She’s a petulant god. Yeah, she’s a brand new creature not like something we’ve seen from her beforehand.”
A part of that’s her want for, put it in easy phrases, world domination. The place did that ambition come from? Is it simply an urge for revenge on people, who’ve taken benefit of hosts prior to now, or is it deeper than that? Thompson thinks it has to do with Hale’s “bone to choose” with humankind, and her unyielding dedication to choose it. “I feel it additionally has to do with a righteousness within the sense that she actually feels her imaginative and prescient of this new world makes essentially the most sense, that there’s this concept that Earth, that the land of people, is corrupt and past saving and salvaging. And I’m not solely certain that she’s improper while you have a look at the occasions that we stay in. More and more, you suppose, ‘Will we make it? Can we make it? Will we get higher?’”
Maybe there’s a little bit of a savior complicated behind her plan too. “I feel she is attempting to, for her individuals, for host-kind, discover a utopia for them,” Thompson provides. “As misguided as she is in her strategy, I feel she has some concepts which might be based on some actual reality. And I do suppose, as twisted as it’s, it comes from a spot of actual love, truly, for the limitless prospects of the sentience of this new being in host kind. So I don’t know. I feel everytime you’re taking part in somebody that’s, quote, ‘the villain,’ you must attempt to discover their humanity, their core, their heart. And it’s difficult and enjoyable to try this together with her.”
As terrifying as Hale’s grand plan could also be, Thompson appeared to have loads of enjoyable with this leg of her journey. For one, she obtained to share extra scenes with Paul, which was “such a pleasure,” she says. “He’s so large, he’s good in that scene and each scene he’s in. And he’s simply enjoyable to be round, too, which is a pleasure, particularly when you’ve got lengthy days and also you’re doing stuff that’s difficult.”
And a part of that enjoyable, surprisingly sufficient, got here from watching Paul carry out Caleb’s WTF second on this week’s episode. “It was a pleasure to observe such a gifted actor like Aaron Paul get to digest this data and to understand that the truth that he is aware of and understands is definitely perhaps not true,” Thompson says, smiling.
Hey, I get it; a part of the trip of watching Westworld is the pangs of confusion, the “What on Earth simply occurred?” questions you ask your self because the characters you’re watching are asking themselves the identical factor. “I feel one of many issues that feels so thrilling concerning the present is to get to observe characters who don’t solely perceive the worlds through which they discover themselves,” Thompson says. “I feel there’s a very human parallel, which is that we don’t all the time perceive the world through which we discover ourselves. Actually our emotional panorama. Life is chaotic. We don’t all the time have management over our actuality.”
Think about it a mindfuck—or as Thompson places it, “a stupendous chaos”—for each the viewers and the characters.
Ultimately (of this episode, no less than), Charlotte wins; and with everybody’s wills at her personal fingertips, she appears unstoppable. However she’s not invincible. When requested about Hale’s weaknesses, Thompson factors to “a recklessness, an absence of persistence, a steely dedication, that perhaps impedes her from actually truly with the ability to absorb what different individuals say.” That was most likely Hale’s flaw again when she was flesh and blood too, she provides.
“So I feel that’s additionally a enjoyable irony of the present, which is that we are able to evolve and alter, however there’s something in our core nature that perhaps is unshakable, that we’re certain to fulfill it at each flip,” Thompson says. “I feel that’s the factor that’s fascinating about Hale and, extra broadly, what the present posits, generally, about our nature as people.”
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