‘Westworld’ Season 1 Recap: A Mysterious Caller, Time Jump, and Teddy

Sundays Westworld The premiere kicked off a new season with a bang – or rather a buzz – bringing the series back into our TV regime after a two-year hiatus.

The fourth season story picks up seven years after the season 3 finale and features a new version of Dolores named Christina, a new threat Caleb and Maeve must tackle, and a mysterious human manipulation involving… flies? (That opening scene unlocked a new scare.) It also brings back a certain main character wearing a cowboy hat last seen in Season 2. Teddy fans, rejoice!

There will be eight episodes in total in Season 4 of HBO’s mind-blowing sci-fi series, which means we still have seven Sundays to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Let’s see where things stand after Episode 1.

Rise of the flies

The episode’s opening scene places us in a mysterious facility near the Hoover Dam that is owned by a cartel-like organization. “William” appears (unclear if it’s really him or a copy), and he tells his host that he’s not looking to “invest” data with them – instead they have something that was robbed at one of his facilities eight years ago, and he wants to buy the whole place. The man refuses to sell and William warns him that he will get it anyway.

When the guy returns home, he finds that he has been invaded by a swarm of gnarled flies. The next time we see him is a new day. The guy goes to work and attacks one of his buddies with a knife. Bloodied, he hands a device to William, then slits his throat. We haven’t seen exactly what happened between when the guy saw the flies and turned on his friends, but I’m sure we’ll learn more about these bizarre, possibly armed insects later this season.

Some background on the “is it William, isn’t it”: In the Season 3 post-credits, we saw a host version of William fatally wounding the human William. Season 3 Charlotte Hale (the version equipped with a copy of Dolores’ mind) seems to have created another William. Given that, it seems very likely that it’s not OG William that we see in Season 4.

Things finally went William’s way this episode. Maybe it’s a sign that he’s not quite the William we know.

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Christina is the new Dolores

Dolores is brunette. More importantly, she responds to a new name – Christina – and has lost all memory of who she once was. (I assume these are the Dolores we knew before – that would make sense since Rehoboam completely erased Dolores’ memories in the Season 3 finale.)

She is adorably called “Chrissy” by her friend Maya, who is played by Oscar-winning actress Ariana DeBose, and works as a video game designer for a company called Olympiad Entertainment. Compared to Delores, Christina is much more shy, soft-spoken and even a little melancholy. Near the end of the episode, she records a pitch for a video game character who feels “a void” in her life. Could it be the type of void your-former-life-was-actually-deleted?

A mysterious interlocutor

Shortly after meeting Christina, we learn that she’s dodged tons of weird calls from someone she doesn’t know. While returning home from a bad date later in the episode, she meets the caller, Peter, in person. Peter claims that Christina wrote him into a game, causing him to lose his wife and his job. Christina, bewildered, says she can’t help it. Peter threatens her with a blade, but a mysterious person abducts him just in time. We won’t get any more answers to this puzzle from Peter – he jumps off a building in front of Delores later in the episode – but his spiel suggests there are others like him.

Caleb is a construction worker again

Seven or more years after the Season 3 finale, Caleb is back where he started before he met Dolores – working in construction. We learn that riots have occurred following the events of season 3, (here is a refresh this season if you need it). Caleb says the riots “won us our freedom”. His colleague disagrees, asking Caleb if his life has really changed. The colleague argues that Rehoboam only told people who they already were, not who they could be. The episode also reveals an adorable 7-year-old girl named Frankie and a woman who’s had enough of him playing fake soldier.

Maleb western world

Can’t wait to see Team Maleb in action.

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Maeve with backup

Maeve has been off the grid for seven years, living in a remote cabin in a snowy region. But new visitors disturb this existence. Maeve takes out the unwanted guests and recognizes one of them as Colonel Brigham, a Westworld host who led the Confederados. Using special tricks from Maeve – this time she cuts the head off a body and clings to it – she discovers that William has sent the goons. (A reminder, this could actually be host William being controlled by the fake Charlotte.)

Maeve arrives just in time to drive a sword into a villain shooting Caleb and his daughter. Caleb and Maeve set off for California together, on the trail of a senator they know William is looking for.

Teddy’s Return

Are you ready for more Teddy? In the closing seconds of the premiere, we saw Delores’ staunch ally and step out of the shadows beneath Christina’s apartment. Teddy last appeared in Season 2, when he killed himself after telling Delores that she made him a monster. (He’s generally a good-natured character, but Dolores changed him up in the second season.) He didn’t appear in Season 3.

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