Westworld is a slow show. Anyone who is watching this show knows this and while this may be frustrating for some, I find it to be necessary. This is due to the fact that the lore of Westworld is so deep, layered and embedded into the storytelling that it would be foolish to rush a show like this. As I have said before, we are slowly building to an exciting climax (I hope anyway!) which means that the show, for now, must rely on aspects such as the quality of its visuals, the acting prowess of its main characters and character development and these were abundant in this episode.
Certainly, the cinematography is fantastic in this episode as it has been in every episode so far. You can tell that a lot of time was spent to make sure that each shot looks as good as it can be and it is a great tool which can be used to tell the story. Still, the visuals are a luxury in this aspect. There is really no necessity for this to occur considering that the acting is as good as it is, especially from Anthony Hopkins.
Hopkins is the Star of Westworld
Without a doubt, Hopkins is my favourite part of Westworld. He is extremely captivating and his monologue in this episode was delivered with such calculated class that it is impossible not to be enthralled by him. He elevates the standard of this show to such a degree that it is easy to forget that the cast around him is just as impressive. Moreover, the overriding message I got from this episode was that the motivations of these characters are becoming more apparent and that, for me personally, the characters played by Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris want the same things.
The A.I Are Developing
The other thing I took away from this episode is that the A.I in the park, i.e. the hosts, are dangerously becoming much more self-aware about their reality which builds upon the themes which were established in the previous episodes such as free will. I do not think it will be long until we see the hosts progress to a stage where they start to openly rebel and cause utter chaos, though something tells me that the humans in this show will further exacerbate the issue.
Overall, this episode built upon the foundations of the first three episodes while still being able to deliver the high level of quality in its visuals, acting, world-building and patient storytelling.