Westworld S03E06 Review: “Decoherence”
Westworld S03E06 Review
This post contains spoilers for Season Three, Episode Six of Westworld on HBO.
Sunday’s latest episode of Westworld, titled “Decoherence,” continues to explore themes of free will, motherhood, and good vs. evil.
This episode of Westworld opens with Maeve in a familiar setting: “The Sublime” (aka The Valley Beyond). She quickly realizes she is in yet another simulation. Serac then appears to her to “give her incentive,” reminding her what is at stake if she wins–or loses her battle with Dolores. Maeve then tells Serac she “wants what Dolores has: help.” Obviously, her former crew of assistants: Hector, Lee, Armistice, and Felix come to mind when she says this. It seems that Serac hears her pleas, sending her back to the simulated War World to retrieve her friends. She has nearly obtained the assistance of Hector and Lee in the simulation when she meets the Dolores that was in Connell, who was captured by Serac in the last episode. When Maeve asks if that Dolores is real, she responds with the same line Angela uses to Young William in Season One: “If you can’t tell, does it matter?” Dolores and Maeve have always had a mutual respect, establishing that they are both survivors.
Maeve then sees Charlores destroy Hector’s pearl, preventing Maeve from getting the help she needs. Hosts can always be resurrected, as long as their pearls are intact. However, with Hector’s pearl destroyed, it seems that he is truly gone this time, which will both be a tactical and emotional loss for Maeve.
The Man in Black/ William
William begins the episode in a support group within the “Inner Journey Recovery Center,” to which he was committed by Charlores. His counselors are sympathetic to him as a “survivor” of the “Westworld Massacre.” It was interesting to hear how people outside the park viewed the massacre, and clearly they do not know the extent of William’s experiences. As the Man in Black, dressed in white now, admits he has confronted the truth of his daughter’s death, the fallout from Dolores’s data leak begins. William’s counselor hangs herself as a result of the data leak, and the Man in Black is given “Augmented Reality Therapy” to confront his past selves, as well as his late Father in Law, James Delos.
While they are prepping William for this procedure, they discover an “Unknown Protein” in his blood. The fan base is buzzing that this confirms MIB is a host. However, Charlores also injected him with something in his neck before he was committed, so that could have something to do with the “Unknown Protein” as well. After some serious self-reflection with all previous iterations of William, he violently kills them all while James Delos cheers him on. The scene mirrors his transition to becoming the Man in Black in the first place when he killed all the hosts that helped Logan destroy Dolores in Season One.
As the Man in Black declares he is the “good guy” now (a bit on the nose, as we all know what wearing white means on this show), Bernard and Stubbs find and awaken him. Since Bernard believes his mission to be stopping Dolores, and William has definite beef with Dolores, we are left to assume they will be against her. However, we don’t know what “good guy” means to the current William and we don’t know if Bernard is acting of his own free will.
The fan base cannot seem to agree on the name of the Dolores that is inside Charlotte. They call her Charlores to combine Charlotte and Dolores, and also Halores to combine her last name Hale and Dolores. Charlores seems to be more commonly used, though.
However she is referred to, Charlores begins the episode questioning her creator. She is clearly more empathetic than Charlotte was. She hates that the mission Dolores has assigned her to will endanger her human family: her ex-husband and child. Dolores reminds her, “They’re not your family.” Dolores herself had to cut out her own father’s pearl to execute her plan last season, so she probably thinks if she can make a sacrifice like that, others will be expected to do the same–a sentiment she communicated to Maeve in the episode as well.
Because Charlores has this concern for her family, she is discovered to be a host by Serac, who reveals the real Charlotte would not have called to check on her son. Charlores, cornered by Serac, kills all the other board members, and goes on a killing spree to escape.
The incredibly awesome, giant riot control robot named Mech, who resembles the Megazord or a Transformer comes to her rescue and Charlores escapes. As a more empathetic creature than Hale, her first thought is saving her family, but her efforts are in vain. Serac blows up the vehicle she attempts to escape in, killing her ex-husband and her son Nathan. Charlores escapes the accident, albeit burnt to a crisp. The look on her face lets the viewer know she will most definitely turn on Dolores. A recurring theme of this show seems to be “Nothing is stronger than a mother’s love.”
Westworld S03E06 Review