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So you’re prepping to start another season of Westworld? You’ll need a slick new wardrobe, a former military man to befriend, and some bodies you can stick copies of your mind into. But if time doesn’t allow for all of that, this recap of the third season should suffice.

The first episode of Westworld season 4 premieres Sunday, so it’s time to take a look back at where things on HBO’s complex and fascinating sci-fi series left off. Season 3 took place largely outside of the eponymous theme park, revealed more of human society in 2050 and ended on a cliffhanger. There will be eight episodes total, like last season, with more arriving on Sundays. If you’re ready, go ahead and bring yourself back online.

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Aaron Paul joined the Westworld cast in season 3.


Caleb (Aaron Paul) joined the cast

The third season introduced us to Caleb Nichols (Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul), a war veteran who’s haunted by a memory of losing his friend, Francis, in combat. In episode 1, we learned he’s a construction worker and low-level criminal who takes jobs through an app. When he met Dolores, he joined her on her mission.

Eventually, we found out that Caleb is considered to be an “outlier” by a machine called Solomon and its successor, Rehoboam. Because of this status, he underwent reconditioning therapy, a “treatment” that altered his memories. It was “effective,” according to Solomon, and Caleb was allowed to re-enter society. Not everyone was so lucky (more on that in the “pods” section).

It’s revealed that Caleb and Francis (played by rapper Kid Cudi) both survived the war, and that Caleb was the one who killed Francis. Solomon offered each of them money to take out the other, and Francis turned on Caleb, forcing Caleb to shoot him. Another twist is that the crime app, Rico, was created so that outliers like Caleb would round up other outliers.

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Maeve is back.


Maeve and Caleb are working together

Maeve reluctantly teamed up with a new character named Engerraund Serac in season 3 after Serac told her that the key to the Sublime — where Maeve’s daughter exists — is in Dolores’ mind. Serac is a trillionaire who created Rehoboam with his brother, Jean Mi, and came to serve as a mouthpiece for Rehoboam. Serac and Rehoboam wanted the trove of guest data collected by Delos Incorporated, and they believed the key to it was also in Dolores’ mind.


In the season 3 finale, Maeve switched sides at a crucial moment and helped Dolores and Caleb. She said she realized why Dolores “chose” Caleb to help her — not because of his capacity for violence, but because of his capacity to choose. Dolores left it up to Caleb to decide the future. He told Rehoboam to “execute the final command” — putting a new strategy Solomon gave him into play — and brought about the apocalypse. More details on that big move below.

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In the third episode of Westworld, Caleb and Dolores get to know each other better.


Dolores is no more-es. Well, maybe

In the season 3 finale, Rehoboam destroyed Delores’ memories in an attempt to find the key to the aforementioned Delos data. It wasn’t there. It sure seems like Dolores as we know her may be gone for good, but with this show, I’m not ruling any possibility out.

‘Charlotte Hale’ is building hosts

It’s not the end for this Dolores duplicate. Season 3 confirmed that Dolores made copies of herself (the “self” that exists in her peal, or control unit) and stuck them into the bodies of Charlotte, Musashi, Martin and Lawrence. Pseudo-Charlotte helped Dolores by impersonating Hale, but she was eventually found out, and it cost her. The last time we saw new Charlotte, it was in the finale’s post-credit scene, when she was joined by a host version of William and looked to be building more hosts.

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Charlotte Hale (or a host version of her) arriving at Delos HQ.


Host William has replaced William

Season 3 was a doozy for William. He had hallucinations of the daughter he murdered, was tricked by the new version of Charlotte and endured some unconventional futuristic therapy. When he emerged from all of that, William declared that his “original sin” was building hosts, and he was going to wipe out all of them. However, in the finale’s post-credit scene, William was fatally wounded by another version of himself — one who answers to fake Charlotte.

A bunch of humans are still in those weird pods

Solomon revealed in episode 7 that the treatment given to Caleb only works on one in 10 people. So what happens to everyone else? Apparently, they get put to sleep in pods, where they “aren’t even allowed to live or die,” as Caleb put it. In episode 7, we saw what looks like hundreds of the eerie, gray, human-sized containers.

Caleb ushered in… the apocalypse

So back to that whole apocalypse thing. When Caleb made his final move in the season 4 finale, he says he’s doing it to give the world a choice, like Dolores did for him. The show shifts to Bernard, who shed some much-needed light on Dolores’ intentions, and the consequences of Caleb’s move: “She wasn’t trying to exterminate the human race. She was trying to save it,” Bernard said. “What’s about to happen was always gonna happen. Serac and his brother were just holding it off. Humanity never reckoned with its own sins.” He added: “Our world had to burn down before we could be free.”

So the reckoning is now. Stubbs, who was with Bernard in that scene, called it the apocalypse, and Bernard didn’t correct him. At the end of the finale (before the post-credits), we see Caleb and Maeve looking out at some skyscrapers, which are shaken by explosions.

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Bernard, played by Jeffrey Wright.


Bernard is headed into the Sublime

Bernard, not Delores, has the key to the Sublime, the place occupied by hosts including Maeve’s daughter. In the season 3 finale, Bernard used it, announcing that he was looking for an answer to what comes after the end of the world.


We may see Engerraund Serac’s brother, Jean Mi in season 4

We saw Jean Mi in season 3 flashbacks, and it’s implied he was sitting in one of the pods we saw in the penultimate episode. In the season 3 finale, Engerraund basically admitted he podded (pod-ded?) his brother, under instructions from Rehoboam. Maybe we’ll see him once more when the show addresses those chilling capsules again?


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Watched: Oh boy, I went through a bit of a tear with TV this month. Along with being taken in by Ms. Marvel and slowly catching up on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, the biggest thing I watched, TV show wise, was Barry. After hearing so much about it on Twitter over the course of several weekends, I finally took the plunge and really enjoyed that first season. It’s incredibly breezy as hell, and really easy to just binge three or four episodes before walking away to let everything settle. I like how constantly out of his depth Barry is while simultaneously being the most dangerous person in every scene he inhabits; I like his weird, brief hypotheticals of the future he could have if he successfully gets out of The Life. I’ve stepped away from it for a few days, but am prepared to get into the next two seasons and then eagerly consume season four whenever that hits up in 2023.

Towards the end of the month, I got hit with a case of the rewatch and decided to turn my eye back to Voltron: Legendary Defender over on Netflix. And you know what, those first three seasons are about as strong as I remember them being. I respect a show that’s extremely committed to its own bullshit, in this case a guerrilla army of alien cat ninjas with transforming swords. In its best moments, that Legendary Defender managed to make its universe feel like a big, space opera romp while maintaining a tight focus. I remember some of this show’s future plot points, and remember being just passively mixed on the ending, so we’ll see how that goes as I continue down mecha-memory lane.

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Movie wise, there was Lightyear and Jurassic World Dominion. Lightyear was Fine, but ultimately doesn’t have anything going for it beyond Chris Evans having a surprisingly solid voice that would probably be good for Star Trek sometime in the near future, if he’s in the mood to do franchises again. As for Dominion…well, beyond just not giving nearly enough time to Omar Sy as a spy trying to take down a dinosaur smuggling ring, the biggest sin of the entire thing is that it’s just really dull. The first two World movies had a noticeable, joyous—and at times, controversial—bloodlust and meanness about them that Dominion very much lacks. If this is the last one, I can’t say that I brought flowers with me to the service.

Played: It finally happened. After shelling out for a wireless controller, last week I finally beat Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I grinded some shrines, got enough hearts to pull out the Master Sword, and finally took Calamity Ganon down. I can’t tell you how I actually feel about the game because I’ve been playing it off and on for years—when I booted up my save last week, it said that last I played the game was in March of 2021—but what I remember of the game eventually grew on me, though not to beloved acclaim as anyone else.

Breath of the Wild may be a game that I restart and play properly instead of just playing once every couple of months, but that’ll come after I knock out some more 2022 games. I told myself earlier in the year that I’d play Stranger of Paradise over the summer, and it is indeed a perfect summer game in that it’s a good way to get out of the sun and just turn some podcasts on. Couldn’t tell you a lick about what the game’s plot is—not a real Final Fantasy player, though I do understand that this is intended to be a prequel of sorts to the original Final Fantasy—but the gameplay is satisfying enough that I don’t really care. It’s a fun throwback to those old PS3/360 co-op games you’d play on the couch with your childhood friend, and I just love how completely frickin’ stupid it is. I may end up paying for that DLC if I finish the base campaign proper in time.


Very briefly, I also played some Citizen Sleeper, a narrative cyberpunk RPG inspired by tabletop games about you, a humanoid machine dubbed a “Sleeper,” having to work inside a space station while figuring out how to stay alive. A limited set of dice dictates what all you can do in any day, and as you become more embroiled in the lives of the station’s inhabitants, it can be stressful trying to figure out how to balance it all. But it’s the fun kind of stressful, one where the vibes are always easy going thanks to some moody music and a casts of characters who are light and friendly while no doubt having a darker edge to them. There’s just something absorbing about Citizen Sleeper right from the start, and I think that if you’ve got a PC that can run it—or Xbox Game Pass—you should play it if you’ve got yourself a love for the sci-fi.

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Finally, there was Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, a retro throwback to the 80s days of the TMNT. Beyond mashing the buttons of the arcade machine at my local Dairy Queen back in the day, I’ve never played a TMNT beat-’em-up before, but Shredder’s Revenge manages to feel like a fun nostalgia trip nonetheless. For me, the biggest issue is that the game feels too chaotic for its own good; in single player, some levels feel deliberately mean, like the early missions on the hoverboard. And in co-op, it quickly gets to be a mess if you’ve got more than three players. There’s fun to be had here, certainly, but the game having six-player co-op feel a bit misguided when even four players could become real unwieldy really fast.

But enough from me, go ahead and spill what all you did for the month of June in the comments below.

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