We are now at the halfway point in the 2nd season of HBO’s Westworld, and the most recent episode, Akane no Mai, presented far more questions than it answered and provided limited story progression. This week there were really only two major moments that grabbed my attention, along with one line that may have provided an answer to a previous question, but was more or less just a throwaway line, Maeve has new abilities, Delores and Teddy aren’t on the same page, and we may finally know what the “Valley Beyond” weapon is.
Starting with what many people have theorized, ‘The Valley Beyond’ weapon, if I’m right, is just whatever mechanism flooded the valley that created the sea that didn’t exist previous to this season. This isn’t really a surprise as much as it’s just confirming an extremely plausible theory to be correct. The moment that cemented that confirmation for me came at the very beginning of the episode when Bernard and company are dredging the water and one of the guys says that they’re going to drain the valley. Is it possible that the weapon is something else? Sure, but I’m putting my money on this theory.
Speaking about a flood. . . Teddy is not the person/host that Delores needs him to be. This is starting to play a lot more into my theory that at some point Teddy is going to turn against Delores. After returning home, Delores brings Teddy into a barn and has her men hold him down as one of the Delos techs modifies his code, against his warnings that modifying his code without shutting him down first could cause problems. If the changes don’t stick or if Teddy remembers what Delores did to him, that’s definitely good reason for him to turn against her, leading to him ending up underwater in the flooded valley.
And finally, let’s talk about Maeve. I’m not exactly sure what’s going on with her. Last time we saw her try to control other hosts, the Ghost Nation just ignored her, now, after being choked out by a host from Shogun World, she can control them just by thinking about it? It’s a little confusing, to say the least. I suppose on one hand, it makes sense that if all the hosts are part of some sort of collective network, that she’d be able to exert control just by thinking about it, however on the other hand, we still don’t know why she wasn’t able to control the Ghost Nation hosts. I don’t have a theory here, just a giant question mark.
So, what do you guys think? Are there other bigger questions than these that you were left with after tonight’s episode? Let’s talk about it in the comments. Kris Versteeg Jersey