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Season 4 is confusing, but not convoluted

Doesn’t appear like something to me. 

HBO’s robotic sci-fi hit “Westworld” is again for Season 4 after a two-year break (Season 3 aired within the spring of 2020). 

Season 4 (premiering Sunday, June 26 at 9 p.m.) takes the motion out of the Western grownup theme park during which previous seasons had been set and lands in what seems to be the true world, in a futuristic model of New York Metropolis. (Future New York additionally appeared in Season 3, however Season 4 picks up just a few years later.) 

There’s not a lot orientation into this new world, because the collection merely throws the viewers into the center of a number of characters’ tales — and it’s as much as us to make sense of the place they’re now.

Dolores (Evan Rachel Wooden) resides her life as a meek girl named Christina with a pleasant roommate, Maya (Ariana DeBose, “West Aspect Story“). Christina doesn’t appear to recollect her identification or her earlier life, and she or he spends her days scripting tales for an leisure firm about background characters in video video games.

She needs to put in writing about romance, however she’s informed that she wants to present her characters extra violent ends. She’s additionally getting unusual telephone calls from a person who appears to suppose she’s controlling his life, and she or he wakes up each morning in the identical place (which is a callback to the “loop” she was on in previous seasons, on the park).

Ariana DeBose and Evan Rachel Wooden in “Westworld” Season 4.
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Evan Rachel Wood looks at herself in a mirror.
Evan Rachel Wooden is a girl named Christina who doesn’t appear to know she’s Dolores in “Westworld” Season 4.
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So, it appears seemingly that she’s dwelling in one other loop proper now, with the winking little bit of irony that she’s now within the place of the author as a substitute of a background character herself, albeit with out realizing it. In fact, this begs the questions: who’s controlling her loop? (if she’s in a single), why is she in it? and who else round her is a robotic?

Different plotlines arrange comparable cryptic situations that depart us with extra questions than solutions. William, aka The Man in Black (Ed Harris), remains to be violently wreaking havoc, with a nefarious but imprecise finish purpose. Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) remains to be scheming and there are many symbolic pictures together with flies and mazes. Mave (Thandiwe Newton) and Caleb (Aaron Paul) crew up on a mission — however Caleb (a Season 3 addition) additionally now has a household with a spouse and daughter, whereas Mave has been dwelling a survivalist life-style alone in a distant cabin.

Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) is again, and so is Teddy Flood (James Marsden), Dolores’ stalwart cowboy love. He died in Season 2 and wasn’t in Season 3, however whenever you’re a robotic, apparently demise isn’t everlasting.

Aaron Paul as Caleb in "Westworld" Season 4 wears a tux in a white room.
Aaron Paul as Caleb in “Westworld” Season 4.
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Thandie Newton and Aaron Paul in "Westworld" Season 4 walk together in formal clothes.
Thandiwe Newton and Aaron Paul in “Westworld” Season 4.
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Ed Harris as William in "Westworld" Season 4.
Ed Harris as William in “Westworld” Season 4.
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In typical “Westworld” vogue, it’s not fairly clear the place that is all going, or what’s occurring. It’s all fascinating, although. 

At its finest, this present is thrilling, considerate and intriguing, mixing an addictive plot with philosophical undertones. At its worst, it’s smugly self-serious, ponderous and appears to consider that being convoluted is akin to being sensible. Whereas Seasons 2 and three fell sufferer to the latter, to date, Season 4 intrigues. Sure, it’s complicated, however there are sufficient items of data for us to start making sense of the storyline because it unfolds and depart us wanting extra.

This looks like a return to kind for “Westworld” and likewise feels new with the futuristic New York Metropolis setting and its characters in numerous narratives.

Even if you happen to had been annoyed with Season 3, this new experience is price trying out. 

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