‘Westworld’ Season 4, Episode 4 Recap: The Tower Emerges


What a time to be a Westworld fan. Episode 4, released on Sunday, surprised us with a jaw-dropping twist that changes what we thought we knew about the season.

Here’s what the mother of all twists revealed: (Pause here if you haven’t watched yet…definitely worth checking out for yourself). Caleb and Maeve’s attempts to take out Chalores, which seemed to be happening in the present, actually happened two decades ago. By now, Chalores’ plan to take over the humans has all but succeeded, Caleb is dead (or so it seems) and Chalores has reproduced him as a host. Bernard and Stubbs have been on a mission in the present, and the woman they meet who is with “the cause” is actually adult Frankie, Caleb’s daughter.

To sum it all up in one line: the situation is more serious than we thought. But grown-ups Frankie, Bernard and now Maeve – who they just came out of the desert – look ready to fight back. Let’s take a close look at this exhilarating episode, including that bombshell drop in the last twenty minutes. There are eight episodes in total in this season, and the rest will air on Sundays.

Chalores versus Maleb

We see Caleb early in the episode, and he’s still in pain after his encounter with a swarm of parasite-infected flies. Chalores is there and reveals more of his plan to her. The park is the origin point of a superspreader event – visitors will leave with its parasite and then spread the disease to others, she says.

Meanwhile, Maeve is still pushing host William away. She uses her mind to mess with the cone-shaped machine that makes these weird mind control noises and the machine shatters the glass and sends William flying. Maleb (Caleb and Maeve’s duo) escapes the building with Chalores and heads to the park’s border, where Caleb says his friends are going to meet them.

Caleb gets stabbed as they attempt to hitch a vehicle to escape. Yet they manage to get to the desired location – an area labeled by a sign as an “active demolition site”, as part of a park expansion project. William, unfortunately, is also there, and Maeve keeps him occupied while Caleb, accompanied by Chalores, tries to contact his allies.

Caleb is still arguing with the thing in his head. In a crucial scene, he resists it and shoots William instead of Maeve, challenging Chalores. The inscrutable host William resists the gunfire and shoots Maeve squarely in the chest. Maeve uses her mind to set off the area’s explosives, decimating everything around the building Caleb and Chalores are in, and seemingly destroying William and herself.

A new suitor for Christina

Christina’s roommate Maya convinces Christina to spend another night on the town. (Given everything she’s been through, Christina would much rather stay home). However, she is unimpressed with the man Maya sets her up with. In signature Westworld style, Christina drops a lipstick and rolls it over to the familiar face – that of the dashing and chivalrous Westworld host, Teddy.

As a reminder, the original Teddy was romantically involved with Dolores in the park, but ultimately committed suicide due to the changes she made to him. We don’t know if this Teddy is a dupe of Chalores… Or if he even goes by Teddy. We saw this new version of him in the Season 4 premiere, standing outside Christina’s apartment at night without making his presence known.

From his conversation with Christina in Episode 4, we know he knows about Teddy’s role in Westworld. In the past, he says, he was “something of a bounty hunter with a heart of gold”.

James Marsden returns to Westworld

James Marsden, absent from Season 3, returned to the show this season.

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The big twist

After Maeve sacrifices herself to rid the world of host William, Caleb vows to kill Chalores for it. He says he won’t rest until everything she built is destroyed. Caleb’s allies are closing in, but Chalores generally seems smug.

Chalores asks Caleb if he remembers “what happened now”. He is confused. Chalores says that it is not his men who are outside, but his. They are seen bursting in and shooting Caleb.

Eventually, the truth becomes clear. Caleb died in the park 23 years ago, Chalores says. He’s currently a different version of himself (presumably a host) and Chalores has spread his parasite to what appears to be at least a town’s human worth. She explains that some adults resisted the parasite, but it found a way in by infecting children. The parasite grew “in perfect symbiosis with their spirit”. Once these children matured, Chalores took over Caleb’s world.

And what does it look like, exactly? Caleb suddenly finds himself in the present, in the office building of Olympiad Entertainment, the company Christina works for. We see, unequivocally, the tower from drawings Christina observes during her visit to the mental health clinic (she also draws a tower herself earlier in Episode 4). It looms near town and appears to be an oversized version of the machine we saw earlier. Crowds of people rushing outside instantly freeze and Chalores emerges to claim responsibility.

The “weapon” of the desert

We learn through conversations that the woman who brought Bernard and Stubbs to meet with her organization (aka “the cause”) in last week’s episode is named “C.” C and a leader-type cause member called “J” argue over what to do next, which results in Bernard and Stubbs splitting up. Bernard and C head for the desert to look for the weapon hidden there.

As Bernard digs in the spot he identifies as hiding the weapon, we learn that C has a different motive for looking for it: her father is supposed to be dead there and she wants to see if there is a body. Meanwhile, that digging scene unfolds as host Caleb hears the truth about how things really went from Chalores. Bernard discovers a sign – one that looks like what we saw earlier at the active demolition site – then he finds a body. It’s not Caleb’s, it’s Maeve’s, and Bernard identifies it as the weapon they’re looking for.

Aurora Perrineau.

The mysterious “C” is Frankie, twenty years later.

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Outstanding issues :

  • Is “the cause” a group of people who survived without being infected by the parasite?

  • Does Christina live in the present? Wouldn’t she notice the tower?

  • How does Christina account for everything? She is a video game designer who writes non-player characters. Is she unwittingly contributing to Hale’s New World Order?


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