WESTWORLD Review: "Reunion" Brings Together Old Allies and Enemies

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The latest episode of Westworld revealed a twist about the park's goal, with a frightening parallel to modern day events. If you aren't caught up on the series, read at your own risk.

Dolores has been outside of the park at least twice, we learn in Episode 2 of "Westworld" Season 2.

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the most recent episode of Westworld, "Reunion".

Ford: Ford remains the catalyst of most things that are happening in this season, even as Dolores begins to make her own decisions.

A protective Arnold (Jeffrey Wright) wasn't ready to send Dolores out to woo Logan, so he took her to his apartment instead.

- Back at Westworld's Mesa Hub, Arnold is teaching Dolores about consciousness, tells her about the maze and becomes a proud papa when he deems Dolores to be "alive".

William's pitch succeeds, and Logan is destroyed. He treats Dolores like she is his other "child", as he warmly talks about his two progeny uniquely seeing the beauty and possibility of the world. The real intentions of Delos are slowly becoming less mysterious, and death may not just be impermanent for the hosts. When he realizes that everyone around him isn't a real person, his mind is blown, and he's sold immediately. Robert and Arnold's technology is so advanced, the rest of the world hasn't caught up yet.

But William, who has experienced the highs and lows of Westworld for himself, sees another opportunity-and a darker one.

Simpson does great work in this episode, making the younger version of William more quietly menacing than Ed Harris' showy villain. In the past, young William reunited with Dolores after using his life-changing experience in the park to win the favor of James Delos, take control of the company and extensively invest in Westworld. In the first, Old William describes the park as a place where people could get out of the eyes of God.

James is reluctant about it. "I'm not interested in fantasies". Mostly. Probably. I guess we can't really be too sure.

According to Locations Manager Mandi Dillin, In order to find a location that fit the character of James Delos - a rich and powerful "self-made man" - the production team scouted homes along the California coastline, finally landing on a lovely seven-acre property in Malibu. "Hello, lovelies", Maeve smiles in greeting when it looks like Dolores is about to pull a Gandalf and not allow Maeve to pass. (Hi, Giancarlo Esposito! Bye, Giancarlo Esposito!) And Bernard-whose appearance in last week's premiere raised the most questions-doesn't show up at all. After a tense stand-off Dolores lets them pass without killing them. Don't they need to be juiced up to keep going?

Brian: There were a bunch of notable meetups this week, from William and Lawrence to William and El Lazo (more on that in a second) to Dolores and her new undead army (more on this, too), but my favorite moment was Dolores and Maeve bumping into each other with their respective henchmen/lovers getting all trigger happy. When William asked his men to help him on this mission out west to find the truth, they all put their guns to their temples and killed themselves.

"He doesn't want this to be easy for me", William says to Lawrence, likely referring to Ford. Instead of one or two, we find that nearly everyone there (including a piano-playing Clementine) is a host. While the nature of the Valley Beyond will be an ongoing mystery throughout the season, Dolores does reveal at the end of the episode that, "It's not a place, it's a weapon".

After seeing a scene in the past between Dolores and William (who shows her something he's building that he calls his "greatest mistake") we flash forward to the present, where Dolores tells Teddy that what she's looking for isn't a place: it's a weapon.

Dolores is awake to her plight, but how much does she remember about her past?

- Some time later (it's unclear) William talks to Dolores in Mesa Hub about the "question no one has ever even dreamed of asking", and shows her a big terraforming project now underway.

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