‘Westworld’: A Simple Guide to What’s Going On Before Season 4

you started the new season from HBO Westworld and found that you have no idea what each character is doing? What are they looking for? It doesn’t help that the previous main character – Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) – now appears to be a completely different person. A human, not a host to the infamous Westworld theme park.

At least part of this can be explained by the end of season 3. Let’s dive into everything that happened and get you back online.

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Aaron Paul in Westworld

Aaron Paul joined the cast of Westworld in season three.


Caleb (Aaron Paul) has joined the cast

Season three introduced us to Caleb Nichols (Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad), a war veteran who is haunted by the memory of losing his friend Francis in combat. In Episode 1, we find out that he is a construction worker and low-level criminal who accepts jobs through an app. When he first met Dolores, he joined her on her mission.

Eventually, we discover that Caleb is considered an “outlier” by a machine named Solomon and his successor, Rehoboam. Because of this status, he underwent reconditioning therapy, a “treatment” that altered his memories. It was “effective”, according to Solomon, and Caleb was allowed to re-enter society. Not everyone was so lucky (more on that in the “pods” section).

It is revealed that Caleb and Francis (played by rapper Kid Cudi) survived the war, and that Caleb was the one who killed Francis. Solomon offered each of them money to kill the other, and Francis turned on Caleb, forcing Caleb to shoot him. Another twist is that the crime app, Rico, was created for atypical people like Caleb to gather atypicals.

Thandiwe Newton wears a white dress like Maeve in Westworld

Maeve is back.


Maeve and Caleb are working together

Maeve reluctantly joined a new character named Engerraund Serac in season three, after Serac told her that the key to Sublime – where Maeve’s daughter exists – lies in Dolores’ mind. Serac is a trillionaire who created Rehoboam with his brother, Jean Mi, and came to serve as a spokesperson for Rehoboam. Serac and Rehoboam wanted the treasure trove of guest data collected by Delos Incorporated and believed that the key to that was also in Dolores’ mind.

In the Season 3 finale, Maeve switched sides at a pivotal moment and helped out Dolores and Caleb. She said she realized why Dolores “chose” Caleb to help her – not because of his capacity for violence, but because of his ability to choose. Dolores left it to Caleb to decide the future. He told Rehoboam to “execute the final command” – putting a new strategy Solomon gave him into play – and brought about the apocalypse. More details on this big move below.

Aaron Paul and Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld

In the third episode of Westworld, Caleb and Dolores get to know each other better.


Dolores is not more-es. well maybe

At the end of Season 3, Rehoboam destroyed Delores’ memories in an attempt to find the key to the aforementioned Delos data. She wasn’t there. It sure looks like Dolores, as we know her, may be gone for good, but with this show, I’m not ruling out any possibility.

‘Charlotte Hale’ is building hosts

It’s not the end for this Dolores doppelganger. Season three confirmed that Dolores made copies of herself (the “I” that exists in her peal, or control unit) and placed them in the bodies of Charlotte, Musashi, Martin, and Lawrence. Pseudo-Charlotte helped Dolores by posing as Hale, but she was eventually discovered, and it cost her. The last time we saw the new Charlotte was in the finale’s post-credits scene when she’s teamed up with a host version of William and seemed to be building more hosts.

Tessa Thompson stands in front of a large futuristic building

Charlotte Hale (or a host version of her) arriving at Delos HQ.


Host William replaced William

Season three was a doozy for William. He had hallucinations of the daughter he murdered, was tricked by the new version of Charlotte, and endured unconventional futuristic therapy. When he emerged from all this, William declared that his “original sin” was to build hosts, and he was going to end them all. However, in the finale’s post-credits scene, William was fatally wounded by another version of himself – someone who answers to the fake Charlotte.

A lot of humans are still in those weird capsules

Solomon revealed in Episode 7 that the treatment given to Caleb only works on one in 10 people. So what happens to everyone else? Apparently, they’re put to sleep in cocoons, where they’re “not allowed to live or die,” as Caleb put it. In Episode 7, we saw what appears to be hundreds of sinister, grey, human-sized shipping containers.

Caleb ushered in… the apocalypse

So back to this apocalypse thing. When Caleb made his last move in the Season 3 finale, he says he’s doing it to give the world a choice, like Dolores did for him. The show switches to Bernard, who shed much-needed light on Dolores’ intentions and the consequences of Caleb’s change: “She wasn’t trying to exterminate the human race. She was trying to save it,” said Bernard. “What is about to happen would always happen. Serac and her brother were just holding on. Humanity has never considered its own sins.” He added, “Our world had to burn before we could be free.”

So the account is now. Stubbs, who was with Bernard in that scene, called it an apocalypse, and Bernard didn’t correct him. At the end of the finale (before the post-credits) we see Caleb and Maeve looking at some skyscrapers, which are shaken by explosions.

Jeffrey Wright at the end of Westworld

Bernard, played by Jeffrey Wright.


Bernard is going to Sublime

Bernard, not Delores, has the key to the Sublime, the place occupied by hosts, including Maeve’s daughter. In the Season 3 finale, Bernard used it, announcing that he was looking for an answer to what comes after the end of the world.

We can see Engerraund Serac’s brother Jean Mi in Season 4

We saw Jean Mi in Season 3’s flashbacks, and it’s implied he was sitting in one of the pods we saw in the penultimate episode. At the end of Season 3, Engerraund basically admitted to pod-deding his brother, under instructions from Rehoboam. Maybe we’ll see him one more time when the show tackles those chilling capsules again?

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