Which ‘Westworld’ characters are important for Season 4?


HBO Westworld has come so far since its relatively straightforward first season that it can be nearly impossible to keep up with its increasingly convoluted plot threads, especially with a two-year hiatus since the final season. Simple questions like whether William is a host or a human are long gone, and it’s even difficult to place characters in a specific time and place. The end of the third season raised more questions than it answered, seemingly destroying the very setup of the year arc and separating most of its characters across its universe in a way that made the future of the series unpredictable.

And that’s exactly what creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan want. They’ve basically given themselves a wide-open sandbox, making it unclear not only what’s important to take away from season three, but also who’s even coming back to play. The trailers have revealed the return of a beloved familiar face, and it’s safe to say that some major cast members will appear. Here are seven characters who could play a role in season four of Westworld, and where we left them.

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The face of Westworld spent most of the third season on a mission to destroy an advanced AI system known as Rehoboam, controlled by the almost Bond-esque villain Serac (Vincent Cassel). The system was essentially a human version of the controlled host stories of Westworld, with a computer able to decipher and predict the entire species after collecting millions of data. What would Dolores do with all this information? Well, just like she did with her species in the park in season two, she released it. The season ended with a massive confrontation between Serac and Dolores which resulted in Serac grabbing Dolores and plugging her into his system to find the virtual key to Delos’ Forge, where Westworld’s valuable user data were stored. The move essentially destroyed Dolores from within, erasing her memories. Serac essentially killed off Dolores, leaving her role in season four the biggest question mark (she’s all over the previews, so don’t worry about an absence). Will she even remember her time at Westworld? (Note: If you enable subtitles on trailer for season four, Wood’s character name is Christina.) Is someone else controlling her now? Will we ever see the Dolores of the first three seasons again? Of course, there’s already another Dolores there in…

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The real Charlotte Hale from season one was a Delos employee who initially attempted to sneak data out of the park, but was killed at the end of season two by a host replica of herself created and controlled by Dolores . The Charlotte of season three, and presumably season four, is sometimes referred to as Chalores because this host replica’s control unit is a copy of Mrs. Abernathy. However, Chalores has become her own character, a vicious predator in and out of the meeting room. In season three, she was first controlled by Dolores to manipulate Delos, where she still worked, posing as the original human Charlotte. She was sent by Dolores to find William, but the whole plan exploded (literally) during a board meeting with Serac where Charlotte’s host status was revealed. Later, when Charlotte’s human family was killed, host Charlotte decided that Dolores had manipulated her and broke with her own programming. The key thing to remember about Charlotte is when she was last seen in a post-credits scene, she was building hosts again in a Delos building in Dubai. What’s his plan now with a host army? And what else does she need…

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In season three, William aka the Man in Black was a shell of himself, the powerful antagonist who ruled the park for years. He opened season three in a dark place, still haunted by the loss of his daughter and who he was. When he discovered that the Charlotte who worked at Delos was a host, she essentially kidnapped him, sending him to recondition in an institution. His time there made him a vehement enemy of Delos, the hosts, and all that had ruined his life. When he was freed by William and Ashley, he turned on them, saying he wanted to destroy everything he helped build. The post-credits scene led him to Dubai, where he finally found Chalores, apparently thinking he had the upper hand…until a host version of William emerged from the darkness and appeared to kill him. Does that mean season four’s William is a host? Do you work for Charlotte? William might have the power to get places Charlotte can’t, and if the human version of him had a low moral center, imagine what the host version might look like. The Man in Black could be even darker in season four.

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Will be Westworld end as a battle between Charlotte and Maeve? One of the show’s most beloved characters started the third season in a state of confusion, thrust into a place called Warworld, a version of World War II Parks with his love interest Hector (Rodrigo Santoro). Or did she? Maeve discovered that she was not in a park but in a simulation run by Serac. He needed her to find Dolores to find the Key to the Forge, and he essentially turned her into his soldier, setting up a battle between Maeve and Dolores. The second half of the season saw Maeve hunt down the host queen (and even versions of Dolores in other hosts), with help from Hector and Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman). There are three things to remember about the end of Maeve’s arc. First, Charlotte destroyed Hector’s control unit in the final confrontation, an act of violence that will likely lead to a vengeful Maeve. Second, she seemed to make peace with Dolores Prime at the end of the season, finding other common enemies. Finally, she ended the season by heading off to a brave new world with a new partner…

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In many ways, what Dolores was in season one, Caleb was in season three. As the host discovering that she was a pawn in a narrative beyond his control, Caleb learned that even human beings can be predictably controlled when he discovered that he was not himself. same as a piece on a chessboard. A veteran turned independent muscle, Caleb met an injured Dolores early in the season and became her closest ally. He learned that he was an “outlier”, a human who cannot be so easily predicted by Serac’s systems and who threatens the very fabric of existence because of this condition. Caleb’s memories, including the death of his friend Francis (Kid Cudi), had been manipulated by Rehoboam, and he ended the season as angry as Dolores when she learned his truth. He essentially destroyed Rehoboam, bringing an explosive revolution to the streets, and he fled into the night with Maeve at his side. Caleb is the joker for season four. Who will he line up with next? Where will his story go now that he’s writing it?

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Host version of Delos founder Arnold Weber, Bernard has always been one of the most fascinating characters in Westworld, and where it ended season three is the most promising for what could be a crazy season four. Like many characters last season, he spent most of it on the run. He traveled to Westworld, trying to find Maeve to stop Dolores, but instead ran into Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth), presumed dead but only injured. The two become the dynamic duo of the season three finale arc, freeing William from his institution before the Man in Black turns on them and shoots Ashley. He was last seen bleeding in a hotel bathtub but appears very much alive (or possibly a host) in the season four preview. Bernard discovered that the key to the Forge that Serac was looking for in Dolores was actually hidden in his code all along. In his final scene, he accessed it so he could see something called the Sublime, a kind of great beyond for the hosts and possibly even humanity. He woke up covered in dust, implying that his journey to the Sublime took years in the real world. What was discovered? And what will he do now with this knowledge?

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Did Bernard see Teddy in the Sublime? Fans were thrilled to hear that James Marsden came back at Westworld after no sight of the charming cowboy in season three. What role could he play in the future of Westworld? The creators are silent on this. When we last saw Teddy, he was heading to the Sublime, apparently finding happiness that hosts like Dolores and Maeve would be denied in the real world. Does this mean that Teddy himself is coming back from beyond? Or, more likely, is there a new host version of Teddy Flood? The fatal connection between Dolores and Teddy anchored the show’s first two seasons, so expect Marsden to be paired with Wood once again, bringing back a romance and chemistry that was arguably lacking last season.

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In a world where any human can be turned into a host, death really doesn’t exist. So Westworld narrative director Lee Sizemore could return in another complicit role. The Hector Maeve loved is dead, but no one would be surprised to see him in a new form in season four. Spotted in previews, regular Maeve and BFF enforcer Clementine (Angela Sarafyan) will return, but it’s unclear who will be controlling her now. It looked like Serac was killed off at the end of season three, but his actions last year will reverberate through the end of the series, and he might even return in some form. Finally, will we ever see Sir Anthony Hopkins in the role of Robert Ford? Fans are constantly theorizing if he might make a comeback at some point before the show ends. Everything is possible on Westworld.

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