Spoilers ahead for the most recent episode of Westworld. If you haven't seen "Phase Space", then turn away!
After two long years of waiting, Westworld has finally retuned for its sophomore season, and it's not disappointing anyone. The acclaimed sci-fi series is greatly expanding the world of the show, while also providing an experience that is a bit less confusing narratively than the first season. One of the new twists of Season 2 is the introduction of the other parks, with Shogun World getting the biggest feature thus far with the past two episodes. While Maeve and company have finally moved on, actress Thandie Newton recently explained how the character's journey through a second park is so significant.
It looks like Maeve's trip through Shogun World further helped to fuel the fires of her independence and free thinking. While still steadfast in her quest to reunite with her host daughter, seeing how cruelly the robots are treated throughout all of the parks has opened her mind and heart. Aside from gaining a better hold over her telepathic powers, Maeve now has an empathy that most hosts do not.
In fact, Maeve is probably a better choice for a host revolutionary than Dolores at this point. Dolores is all fire and fury, but Maeve seems to have feelings towards other hosts, as well as humans. As Thandie Newton told THR:
While Maeve probably isn't going to be taking arms and facing down the battle against humans, she sees the meaning other hosts could have. Meanwhile, Evan Rachel Wood's Dolores is learning that her ambition and changes to Teddy's code may have graver consequences than she anticipated.
Westworld airs Sundays on HBO. In the meantime, check out our summer premiere list to plan your next binge watch. Plus our Amazon premiere list and superhero premiere list to ensure you don't miss a single epissode.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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