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‘Westworld’: A Simple Guide to What Happens Before Season 4

Did you start the new season by HBO Westworld and you have no idea what each character does? What are they looking for? It doesn’t help that the previous main character – Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) – now seems like a completely different person. A human, not a host of 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 back online.

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Aaron Paul joined the cast of Westworld in Season 3.


Caleb (Aaron Paul) joins the cast

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

Eventually, we discovered that Caleb is considered an “outlier” by a machine called 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 reenter the company. Not everyone was so lucky (more on that in the “pods” section).

It is revealed that Caleb and Francis (played by rapper Kid Cudi) both survived the war and that Caleb was the one who killed Francis. Solomon offered each of them money to take out the other, and Francis turned on Caleb, forcing Caleb to shoot him. Another twist is that the criminal app, Rico, was created for outliers like Caleb to round up other outliers.

‘Westworld’: A Simple Guide to What Happens Before Season 4

Maeva is back.


Maeve and Caleb work together

Maeve reluctantly teamed up with a new character named Engerraund Serac in Season 3 after Serac told her that the key to the Sublime – where Maeve’s daughter exists – is in Dolores’ mind. Serac is a billionaire who created Rehoboam with his brother, Jean Mi, and came to serve as Rehoboam’s spokesperson. Serac and Rehoboam wanted the treasure trove of guest data collected by Delos Incorporated, and they believed the key was in Dolores’ mind as well.

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

‘Westworld’: A Simple Guide to What Happens Before Season 4

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


Dolores is no longer. Well, maybe

In the Season 3 finale, Rehoboam destroyed Delores’ memories in an effort to find the key to the aforementioned Delos data. It wasn’t there. It sure looks like Dolores, as we know her, is gone for good, but with this show, I’m not ruling out any possibilities.

‘Charlotte Hale’ builds hosts

This is not the end for this duplicate of Dolores. Season 3 confirmed that Dolores had made copies of herself (the “me” that exists in her chime, or control unit) and pasted them into the bodies of Charlotte, Musashi, Martin, and Lawrence. The pseudo-Charlotte helped Dolores by impersonating Hale, but she was eventually discovered, and it cost her. The last time we saw the new Charlotte was in the finale’s post-credit scene, when she was joined by a host version of William and seemed to be building more hosts.

‘Westworld’: A Simple Guide to What Happens Before Season 4

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


Host William replaced William

Season 3 was a doozy for William. He hallucinated the girl he murdered, was tricked by the new version of Charlotte, and endured unconventional futuristic therapy. When he came out of it all, William said his “original sin” was to build hosts, and he was going to annihilate them all. However, in the finale’s post-credits scene, William has been mortally wounded by another version of himself – one that responds to the fake Charlotte.

A bunch of humans are still in those weird pods

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 asleep in pods, where they’re “not even allowed to live or die,” as Caleb put it. In Episode 7, we saw what look like hundreds of strange, gray, human-sized containers.

Caleb ushered in… the apocalypse

So let’s get back to this whole apocalypse story. When Caleb made his final move in the Season 3 finale, he said he was doing it to give the world a choice, like Dolores did for him. The show cuts to Bernard, who shed light on Dolores’ intentions and the consequences of Caleb’s move: “She wasn’t trying to exterminate the human race. She was trying to save it,” Bernard said. “What is about to happen was always going to happen. Serac and his brother were holding him back. Mankind has never reckoned with 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 this scene, called it the apocalypse, and Bernard didn’t correct it. At the end of the finale (before the post-credits), Caleb and Maeve are seen staring at skyscrapers rocked by explosions.

‘Westworld’: A Simple Guide to What Happens Before Season 4

Bernard, played by Jeffrey Wright.


Bernard heads for the Sublime

Bernard, and not Delores, has the key to the Sublime, the place occupied by guests 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 may see Engerraund Serac’s brother Jean Mi in season 4

We saw Jean Mi in Season 3 flashbacks, and it’s implied that he was sitting in one of the pods we saw in the penultimate episode. In the Season 3 finale, Engerraund basically admitted that he punched (pod-ded?) his brother, under Rehoboam’s instructions. Maybe we’ll see him again when the show tackles those spooky capsules again?


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