Westworld Returns With Dolores’ Guns Blazing in Season 2 Premiere

Both the rancher’s daughter and former brothel madam Maeve are each on a rampage in their own charming ways, Bernard hides in plain sight, and there are just so many bodies to bury – or reanimate (depending) – in “Journey Into Night.”

by | April 22, 2018 | Comments

Episode 11 (season 2, episode 1), debut 4/22/18: Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden. photo: John P. Johnson/HBO

Anyone confounded by the second half of season 1 of HBO’s robot horror show Westworld will have been heartened by the kickoff of season 2, “Journey Into Night” – provided they bothered to rewatch the season 1 finale before taking the season 2 plunge.

What’s in store? More death. More mayhem.

SPOILER ALERT: This article reveals details of season 1 and the season 2 premiere of Westworld.

Westworld Episode 11 (season 2, episode 1), debut 4/22/18: James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood. photo: John P. Johnson/HBO

With some big twists revealed in season 1 – finding out, for instance, that William (Jimmi Simpson) is the Man in Black (Ed Harris) at a younger age and that Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) is a Host version of one of the park’s founders, Arnold – season 2 starts off on relatively stable ground.

The season 2 premiere currently has a healthy 89% Tomatometer score on 36 reviews (updated), in fact, while the season overall is Certified Fresh at 92% on 42 reviews (updated).

We also know that Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) has been a Host for decades, has crossed paths (again and again) with the Man in Black, and that her major malfunction – ahem, growth – is happening after enduring repeated abuse at the hands of bloodthirsty and violently lustful guests.

Time for a reckoning — which Dolores undertakes to the plucky player-piano tune of “The Entertainer.”

Here are some highlights of the season 2 premiere.

1. Bernard Continues Wearing His Human Disguise

Westworld Episode 11 (season 2, episode 1), debut 4/22/18: Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson. photo: John P. Johnson/HBO

Despite some nearly fatal “brain” fluid leakage, Bernard is still being mistaken for human by everyone, including Delos Board Executive Director Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson). He even gets the scoop from Charlotte that Delos is recording guests’ experiences and harvesting their DNA.

Gung-ho security guard Maling (Get Out‘s Betty Gabriel), who first found him on the beach and threatened to take him out, was the only one who questioned his humanity. They should’ve listened to her. Maybe. Who knows what Bernard is capable of now.

Speaking of what Bernard is capable of, fast forward to the end of the episode and Chief of Operations Karl Strand (Gustaf Skarsgård) who says (basically) when facing a sea full of floating Hosts: “WTF happened here?”

Bernard: “I … killed them. All of them.” (Leaving us with a major cliffhanger there.)

2. The Party Fallout: Who Survived, Who Died Horribly

Westworld Episode 11 (season 2, episode 1), debut 4/22/18: Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson. photo: John P. Johnson/HBO Episode 11 (season 2, episode 1), debut 4/22/18: Evan Rachel Wood. photo: John P. Johnson/HBO Episode 11 (season 2, episode 1), debut 4/22/18: Ed Harris. photo: John P. Johnson/HBO Episode 11 (season 2, episode 1), debut 4/22/18: Simon Quarterman, Thandie Newton. photo: John P. Johnson/HBO Episode 11 (season 2, episode 1), debut 4/22/18: Ed Harris. photo: John P. Johnson/HBO

Backing up (as you do on Westworld), we find out who made it through the VIP party in which Dolores summoned the Wyatt side of her personality and, with her robot minions, blew everyone away.

The Man in Black
His horse, Ned
Teddy (James Marsden)

Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins)
A horde of gun-toting Hosts
So many privileged humans

3. Maeve Is on a Rampage (and Hector Doesn’t Hold a Grudge)

Simon Quarterman and Thandie Newton in Westworld season 2 (John P. Johnson/HBO)

Maeve (Thandie Newton) returned to the park, terrorized park scriptwriter Lee (Simon Quarterman) – facilitating a gratuitous full-frontal-male-nudity moment – and offed a few security personnel. Running into lethal weapon Hector (Rodrigo Santoro), she discovers he doesn’t begrudge her leaving him to die, that he’d “expect nothing less” from her.

4. The Park Is Somewhere Off the Coast of China

Episode 11 (season 2, episode 1), debut 4/22/18: Luke Hemsworth. photo: John P. Johnson/HBO
After Chief of Security Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth, pictured) saves Bernard from Maling on the beach, we find out that Westworld (and, presumably, the other Delos park “worlds”) are on an island when military officials speaking Chinese confront COO Strand, who tells the official that Delos has an agreement with his country that grants the company authority over the island and that the guy can feel free to pack up his friends and gtfo.

5. The Timeline Is Still Confusing

Westworld Season 2 Season 2: Jeffrey Wright. photo: HBO

Westworld continues to present fragmented moments in ways that disorient viewers: Is Bernard telling Dolores about his dreams in the past, present, or future?

So…there’s more of that to look forward to.

7. Park Six!

Westworld Episode 11 (season 2, episode 1), debut 4/22/18: Betty Gabriel, Luke Hemsworth, Gustaf Skarsgard, Jeffrey Wright. photo: John P. Johnson/HBO

“We’ve got Bengals in Park Six. We’ve never had a stray across park borders,” Ashley says about the drowned tiger discovered on the Westworld shore. Park Six — that’s kind of like, say, seven kingdoms of Westeros.

8. New Opening Credits Impressed

And a final thought:

What did you think about the season 2 premiere of Westworld? Who are you rooting for: Hosts or humans?

Westworld airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Tag Cloud

WarnerMedia Interview Writers Guild of America Travel Channel japanese joker criterion stop motion zero dark thirty directors crime drama PaleyFest Creative Arts Emmys french latino Fall TV casting Holidays BBC America ITV talk show 21st Century Fox sag awards rotten movies we love game show transformers Women's History Month SXSW miniseries boxoffice SDCC Western Turner harry potter Photos Marvel Television book Showtime Mindy Kaling concert Brie Larson Syfy Lucasfilm Nat Geo space Food Network witnail adventure E! Trailer Hallmark dceu 2019 24 frames TCA Netflix Christmas movies Superheroe twilight free movies Spike doctor who Tubi CMT Winter TV RT History emmy awards satire Election American Society of Cinematographers Sneak Peek Spectrum Originals halloween tv Family psychological thriller zombie dragons Tomatazos reviews Amazon Prime Video based on movie Cartoon Network APB breaking bad Hear Us Out Character Guide Schedule Holiday vampires Lifetime Christmas movies dramedy Awards Tour TV Land Nominations Lifetime FXX IFC Films child's play Extras scary movies Country renewed TV shows Podcast Peacock reboot Starz Certified Fresh halloween classics serial killer BAFTA comiccon comics X-Men Video Games Lionsgate HBO indiana jones anthology franchise screen actors guild Ghostbusters TCA 2017 cults Star Wars Crackle justice league YA BBC HBO Max Countdown Britbox aliens video award winner name the review DC Comics screenings Marathons Mary Tyler Moore DirecTV Logo Sci-Fi christmas movies Fox Searchlight Polls and Games Teen MSNBC TCA Awards comic CNN Martial Arts TBS spinoff Disney streaming service President Rom-Com a nightmare on elm street Reality Competition south america OWN VH1 New York Comic Con Cosplay canceled TV shows kids Paramount Network Stephen King dark First Look First Reviews Watching Series hollywood Summer YouTube Red The CW Pop Apple TV+ sequels movies Musical Spring TV unscripted Song of Ice and Fire Biopics crossover Rocky travel USA Network Christmas singing competition TLC what to watch DC streaming service cats police drama Chernobyl Elton John National Geographic Reality TV ratings stand-up comedy FX on Hulu foreign die hard indie Academy Awards Funimation Comedy Central nbcuniversal TCA Winter 2020 Mystery Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt blockbuster LGBTQ remakes GLAAD films toy story festival Kids & Family jamie lee curtis Emmy Nominations venice Masterpiece fast and furious 2016 blaxploitation game of thrones Premiere Dates NBC Music Opinion Awards WGN hist The Walking Dead strong female leads VOD composers best sitcom DGA Pet Sematary green book 4/20 revenge Universal Winners Classic Film stoner Walt Disney Pictures critics cops OneApp See It Skip It Black History Month robots 007 Best and Worst Columbia Pictures theme song Hallmark Christmas movies werewolf disaster war period drama TV renewals TNT zombies Musicals MTV spain Film Festival Film psycho parents Action Amazon Studios TruTV Binge Guide RT21 Rock finale CBS HBO Go ghosts Star Trek The Witch binge AMC Thanksgiving LGBT scorecard 2017 versus toronto Trivia Disney+ Disney Plus Shondaland biography children's TV Sony Pictures rotten science fiction E3 documentaries spy thriller hispanic Sundance political drama worst facebook MCU discovery Bravo Mary poppins Netflix PlayStation Television Critics Association 72 Emmy Awards docudrama nature FOX The Academy Freeform canceled Paramount FX comedies cancelled mutant Mary Poppins Returns ABC Family Pirates Toys diversity Superheroes BET Awards Dark Horse Comics politics chucky sports Box Office TIFF GoT golden globes The Arrangement El Rey 2018 Esquire true crime BET TCM Animation Rocketman Amazon Prime IFC Anna Paquin Comedy streaming Adult Swim 2015 thriller cinemax Sundance TV Vudu Cannes The Purge cancelled television Nickelodeon Discovery Channel batman Pride Month Infographic crime Fantasy Year in Review Tarantino asian-american australia GIFs sequel SundanceTV slashers CW Seed Chilling Adventures of Sabrina PBS YouTube Baby Yoda Shudder cancelled TV shows Marvel nfl romantic comedy independent Red Carpet all-time History VICE Turner Classic Movies anime Quiz worst movies Captain marvel Disney Plus YouTube Premium Apple TV Plus obituary Avengers movie Grammys adaptation cooking 71st Emmy Awards spider-man universal monsters Warner Bros. spanish language San Diego Comic-Con Marvel Studios Acorn TV series documentary Television Academy Disney Channel Trophy Talk animated Arrowverse Super Bowl Epix A24 medical drama social media Sundance Now Fox News crime thriller news Drama USA quibi ESPN Disney DC Universe mockumentary dc 45 festivals richard e. Grant natural history spanish BBC One Endgame television Comic Book football cartoon 2020 ABC Mudbound dogs 20th Century Fox Ovation italian Pixar tv talk Crunchyroll supernatural Horror Tumblr Amazon elevated horror archives technology A&E cancelled TV series Set visit Pop TV historical drama Oscars Hulu Heroines video on demand laika Comics on TV romance NYCC teaser Ellie Kemper Apple cars CBS All Access superhero mission: impossible Calendar Black Mirror Emmys Valentine's Day