From cocky killer Teddy 2.0 to that big surprise at the end, we break down 5 key moments from this week's episode
After the hellish odyssey of James Delos a couple weeks ago and the deep plunge into Shogun World last week, Sunday’s sixth episode of Westworld season 2 “Phase Space” was in some ways a Memorial Day weekend downshift into a quieter hour. Still, there were at least five big moments worth getting into…
— Teddy 2.0 is super cocky. Now that Delores has leveled up his aggression and lowered his compassion, Teddy is totally cold, murderous, and confident. “The man who road the train was built weak and born to fail,” Teddy tells Dolores, and then adds: “Now forget about it” — um, hello, that was actually a command? Teddy never told Dolores what to do before, and she didn’t look like she cared for that line too much. Together they loaded up a train full of explosive death and send it choo-chooing into The Meesa to get this party started. Asked if he would now consider leaving the park, Teddy replied, “I never thought I’d want to leave, but I suppose you fixed that too.” It seems Teddy’s passive aggressiveness setting was increased too.
— The Man in Black and his daughter bonded just a little: In the episode’s best scene, William and Emily had a campfire chat. At first William thinks Emily isn’t even real, just another robot that Ford made to throw him off (I love it when Westworld characters have their own wild Reddit-style fan theories about what’s going on in the very show that they’re in). Emily explains she’s here to try and talk her father into coming home: “You do not get to do that to me — suicide by robot or whatever the f–k your mission is now.” She tells her dad she should never have blamed him for her mom’s death. The tears in Ed Harris’ eyes aren’t choking me up at all, not one bit — I’m not crying, you’re crying! William agrees to go home with her but in the morning he’s ditched her — Emily doesn’t realize that her dad’s mission isn’t just about himself but rather, it seems, stopping the human-to-host technology that turned James Delos into such a creepshow.
— Maeve reunited with her daughter. And you just knew the kid’s replacement mom was going to pop up, didn’t you? Maeve finally found her long-lost daughter, then her new mom showed up and then those Ghost Nation warriors rode in — except this time their goal wasn’t to attack. The Ghost Nation leader (who we’re going to learn a lot more about in a later episode) wants to team up with Maeve, but she was in no mood to chat with these men who have plagued her nightmares. So Maeve had to have to pull daughter away from her current “mother” — thus passing to her daughter the same sense of broken loss that Maeve has been wrestling with all this time. It’s tough to get rid of pain in Westworld without giving it to somebody else to carry around instead.
— Dolores built herself an Arnold. Or Bernard. Or something. The opening scene of Arnold interviewing Dolores is one we’ve seen before — in the season’s very first scene for instance — only now the curtain is pulled back and we realize this isn’t Arnold at all. This is a host. Delores says she’s testing for “fidelity” — just like William was testing James. So did Dolores effectively help create Bernard — since he was inspired by Arnold though had a different backstory — back in the day? Is this an entirely new Arnold bot she’s currently building? Or something else?
— Dr. Ford is literally the ghost in the machine. As we suspected, Ford is still alive — not physically (at least, not yet) but rather his mind has been uploaded into a park’s mega-server called The Cradle. So before his farewell party last season, Ford had his mind downloaded into one of those red host balls, and had Bernard get it from the secret lab and order the drone hosts to kill the workers to cover it up. He must have had Bernard then take the red ball to the Cradle and upload him into the mainframe. So all those times Ford has spoken through a host this season its because his mind is inside the network, and he’s preventing QA from getting control of the park. We, of course, see him at the player piano (or his reflection anyway), as that piano is a metaphor for the park’s control of the hosts. Will Ford also print himself out a body too? And if he did, what form would he take? (I vote for a young William body, if only to give Jimmi Simpson a second iconic big-screen veteran actor to emulate.)