WESTWORLD’s second season involved a whole lot of time-hopping – so it’s easy to lose track of the bigger picture.
With season 3 set to drop later this year, fans will no doubt be keen to refresh their memory of the events that unfolded before, during and after Westworld.
Here’s your guide to the AI sci-fi drama ahead of its return to HBO and Sky Atlantic.
The season kicked off exactly where season 1 ended, with the revolt of the hosts in Westworld.
With Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) increasingly gaining more of her memories, she finds herself driven as much by revenge as liberation.
Teddy (James Marsden) undergoes quite a different process of reconciliation, with his newfound self-awareness leaving him dustraight.
Meanwhile Maeve (Thandie Newton) sets her sights on finding her daughter and proves she’ll do whatever it takes to reunite with her.
At the other end of the spectrum The Man in Black aka William (Ed Harris) revels in the park’s newfound, high-stakes brutality.
As for the aftermath, the action jumps two weeks forward in time and we see a bevvy of hosts washing up on the shore as park bosses attempt to regain control and find out exactly what occurred during the uprising.
Season 2 offers the first looks at the variants on the Wild West-inspired park, with Maeve venturing into Shogun World.
Inspired by feudal Japan and brimming with samurai, the new territory proves to be just as bloody – but Maeve handles herself just fine.
Discovering her ability to influence the hosts around her by transmitting an overriding code, Maeve exercises powers of deistic proportions.
Meanwhile Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) continues to search for answers about the true potential of the technology at play in the hosts.
He ends up in a lab built into a cave, where he discovers that scientists have been working on transferring humans minds into host bodies.
This ultimately leads him to discover that he, too his a host, hidden among humans.
All’s fair in love and war
Maeve escapes Shogun World and reunites with her daughter, only to discover that she doesn’t remember her and has been assigned a new mother.
Meanwhile Dolores decides to make some tweaks to Teddy’s code, turning him into a ruthless killing machine.
Ultimately the memories prove to be too painful and Teddy convinces himself the best thing he can do to help Dolores is to take his own life.
A series of flashbacks provide insight into William’s (Ed Harris) tragic family history and explain why he’s so obsessed with the Valley Beyond.
They also flesh out his troubled relationship with his daughter Emily (Katja Herbers).
Emily recounts pushing her mother, Juliette (Sela Ward) away by rejecting her gift of a jewellery box for her 16th birthday.
We realise why this stings so much when its revealed Juliette tragically committed suicide after a battle with alcoholism left her feeling hopeless.
However, William and Emily’s shared grief does anything but bring them together.
William ends up killing Emily, along with an entire security team, after falsely convincing himself they’re hosts, not humans.
The series starts drawing to an end with a cliff-hanger of epic proportions as Bernard struggles to make sense of his scrambled memories.
Dolores and Williams seem to bond over the one thing they have in common – loss, having driven away those closest to them.
The pair come across Bernard in the nick of time, saving him from being snatched by a group of Westworld workers.
William is left stunned when Dolores that Bernard is in fact Arnold and that she was the one to create him, not Dr Ford (Anthony Hopkins).
Destabilised by the information, he begins shooting at Dolores, but she’s unfazed and continues walking towards him.
When he takes a shot at her head the bullet rebounds and injures his hand, leaving Dolores to continue her quest of taking Bernard to the mysterious Valley Beyond.
Elsewhere Maeve manages to overthrow the scientists imprisoning her by recruiting her fellow hosts and forcing them to attack her assailants, before fixing her up.
Dolores reveals that the Valley Beyond aka The Forge is where guests’ data is being stored.
She steps into the auto extraction machine and suggests he does the same.
The pair appear at a party at the Delos residence where they speak to Logan (Ben Barnes).
He explains how he was tasked with building perfect copies of the guests and performed millions of trials to perfect them.
He shows them a library full of codes of each guest and explains that he faces a pivotal choice – creating a brand new world or opening the door to an Eden-like realm the current hosts can escape to.
A rift opens in the park and hosts begin charging inside.
When they do so, their bodies are deactivated, but their codes live on in the idyllic world.
However, Dolores dismisses the paradise as “another false promise” and wakes herself up from the extraction machine.
She plans to destroy the Forge, will Bernard warns will destroy her world too, but she’s past caring.
As she begins to destroy the machinery he panics and shoots her in the head and flees as it starts to fill up with water.
He goes to meet Elsie (Shannon Woodward) at the Mesa, but she fears he’s not fully in control of himself and freezer his motor functions.
However, she’s subsequently shot by Charlotte, who isn’t willing to risk the secrets of Westworld getting out.
Charlotte then shoots everyone else in the room, including Bernard.
We see workers cleaning the hosts’ bodies from Westworld and Charlotte makes her escape with a bag stuffed with memory pearls – the last remnants of the truth behind Westworld.
The series concludes with Dolores and Bernard in an interview room together.
Bernard is, understandably, confused about how he’s still alive and where he is.
Dolores explains that Dr Ford gave them both a second chance with a brand new world, in which they’ll have free will.
Next we see Bernard walking through Arnold’s house, kitted out with pictures of his son and the machine used to make hosts.
He opens the door to the real world – human civilisation – and the screen fades to black.
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