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‘Westworld’ Season 4: What to Remember Before Watching

So you’re getting ready to start another season of Westworld? You’ll need a stylish new wardrobe, an ex-military guy to befriend, and some bodies you can stick copies of your mind into. But if time doesn’t allow it, this recap of the third season should suffice.

The first episode of Westworld season 4 premieres on Sunday, so it’s time to revisit where things left off on HBO’s complex and compelling sci-fi series. Season 3 was largely set outside of the famed theme park, revealing more of human society in 2050, and ended on a cliffhanger. There will be eight episodes in total, like last season, with more arriving on Sundays. If you’re ready, go ahead and get back online.

Aaron Paul joins the cast of Westworld in Season 3.


Caleb (Aaron Paul) joins the cast

Season three introduces 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 learn that he is a construction worker and low-level criminal who accepts jobs through an app. When he meets Dolores, he joins her in her mission.

Eventually, we discover 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 (who is played by rapper Kid Cudi) both survived the war, and as events unfold, Caleb is the one who killed him. 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’ Season 4: What to Remember Before Watching

Maeva is back.


Maeve and Caleb work together

Maeve reluctantly teams up with a new character named Engerraund Serac this season after Serac tells 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/Rehoboam want the trove of customer data collected by Delos Incorporated, and believe the key also lies in Dolores’ mind.

In the Season 3 finale, Maeve switches sides at a crucial moment and helps 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 leaves Caleb to decide the future. He tells Rehoboam to “carry out the final command” – bringing into play a new strategy Solomon gave him – and brings about the apocalypse. More details on this big move below.

‘Westworld’ Season 4: What to Remember Before Watching

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 destroys Delores’ memories in an effort to find the key to the aforementioned Delos data. That is not here. It sure looks like Delores as we know her may be gone for good, but with this show, I don’t count 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 (her control/pearl unit) and pasted them into the bodies of Charlotte, Musashi, Martin, and Lawrence. The pseudo-Charlotte helps Dolores by posing as Hale, but she ends up being discovered and it costs her dearly. The last time we see the new Charlotte is in the finale’s post-credit scene, when she’s joined by a host version of William and seems to be building more hosts.

‘Westworld’ Season 4: What to Remember Before Watching

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


Host William replaced William

Season 3 is a doozy for William. He hallucinates of his daughter he murdered, gets tricked by the new version of Charlotte, and endures some pretty unconventional futuristic therapy. When he emerges from all of this, William states that his “original sin” was to build hosts, and that he is going to annihilate them all. However, in the finale’s post-credit scene, William is fatally injured by an alternate version of himself responding to the fake Charlotte.

A bunch of humans are still in those weird pods

Solomon reveals 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 puts it. In Episode 7, we see 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 makes his final move in the Season 4 finale, he says he’s doing it to give the world a choice, like Dolores did for him. The series cuts to Bernard, who sheds some much-needed 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 says. “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 adds, “Our world had to burn before we could be free.”

So the account is now. Stubbs, who is with Bernard in this scene, calls it the apocalypse, and Bernard doesn’t correct him. At the end of the finale (before the post-credits), Caleb and Maeve are seen staring at skyscrapers rocked by explosions.

‘Westworld’ Season 4: What to Remember Before Watching

Bernard, played by Jeffrey Wright.


Bernard heads for the Sublime

Bernard, not Delores, has the key to the Sublime, the place that hosts like Maeve’s daughter currently occupy. In the Season 3 finale, Bernard uses it, announcing that he is 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’s sitting in one of the pods we see in the penultimate episode. In the Season 3 finale, Engerraund basically admitted that he punched (pod-ded?) his brother, per Rehoboam’s instructions. Maybe we’ll see him again when the show tackles those spooky capsules again?


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