The first episode of Westworld has left fans with a lot of questions, and one of them has to do with what Peter Abernathy, father of Dolores, whispered to her that seemed to truly frighten her.
Warning: This post contains spoilers from the premiere of Westworld.
"These violent delights have violent ends" is what Peter told his daughter, and some believe this line holds the key to what Westworld is all about. This is a line from Romeo and Julie where Friar Laurence warns Romeo against his passion. Was Peter hinting at the start of the doom of Westworld, an amusement park filled with androids where humans come to play-act their fantasies?
The season premiere gave viewers an idea of how the amusement park works, thanks to the opening scene where Dolores reunites with Teddy, a cowboy who is interested in her. But their happiness at being together is interrupted when they return home to see thieves murdering Dolores' father. Teddy saves the day by taking down the thieves, but he gets shot down by the Man in Black, a long-time Westworld customer.
Teddy, Dolores and her father Peter are all hosts or androids, and they have been enacting the same routine for a long time. But things get shaken up when Dolores' father discovers a random image left behind by a customer and this disrupts, and this piques his curiosity. Why is the android so wired up about a picture? It looks like Dr Ford's latest upgrade to the hosts has a few glitches, and this will further be dealt with in episode 2.
The second episode is titled Chestnut and the synopsis reads:
A pair of guests, first-timer William (Jimmi Simpson) and repeat visitor Logan (Ben Barnes), arrive at Westworld with different expectations and agendas. Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Quality Assurance head Theresa Cullen (Sidse Babett Knudsen) debate whether a recent host anomaly is contagious. Meanwhile, behavior engineer Elsie Hughes (Shannon Woodward) tweaks the emotions of Maeve (Thandie Newton), a madam in Sweetwater's brothel, in order to avoid a recall. Cocky programmer Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) pitches his latest narrative to the team, but Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) has other ideas. The Man in Black (Ed Harris) conscripts a condemned man, Lawrence (Clifton Collins, Jr.), to help him uncover Westworld's deepest secrets.
Westworld airs Sundays on HBO and viewers in India can catch the action Tuesdays on Star World Premiere HD.