HBO’s ‘Westworld’ Season 1, Episode 2 Predictions: Will The Hosts Realize They Are Just Pawns In A Bigger Game?

Viewers were introduced to the artificial world of Westworld with the Season 1 premiere of HBO’s latest offering. The robots, or “hosts,” seem nice enough, except for the ones who received the latest update. So, what will happen with these hosts in Episode 2?

Spoiler alert: This article discusses the upcoming Episode 2 of HBO’s Westworld. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers.

The official synopsis for Episode 2 of Westworld is below.

“A pair of guests, first-timer William (Jimmi Simpson) and repeat visitor Logan (Ben Barnes), arrive at Westworld with different expectations and agendas. Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Quality Assurance head Theresa Cullen (Sidse Babett Knudsen) debate whether a recent host anomaly is contagious. Meanwhile, behavior engineer Elsie Hughes (Shannon Woodward) tweaks the emotions of Maeve (Thandie Newton), a madam in Sweetwater’s brothel, in order to avoid a recall. Cocky programmer Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) pitches his latest narrative to the team, but Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) has other ideas. The Man in Black (Ed Harris) conscripts a condemned man, Lawrence (Clifton Collins, Jr.), to help him uncover Westworld’s deepest secrets.”

Logan and William in HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 2
HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 2, Ben Barnes as Logan and Jimmi Simpson as William [Image by John P. Johnson/HBO]

It seems with the arrival of William and Logan, the parameters of Westworld will be further explored and the viewer will be able to learn more about the way Westworld operates to the consumer.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, everyone is likely to still be reeling from the unexpected consequences of the update that was unleashed in Episode 1 of Westworld. Interesting to note is the fact that they think the recent anomaly might actually be contagious. Considering the hosts are, basically, computer-operated robots, it seems unlikely the anomaly will be contagious. However, if you think of the contagion like you would a computer virus, being opened by the unsuspecting and, thus, becoming functional, perhaps it could be contagious. Another theory to consider is when Dolores’ (Evan Rachel Wood) father was speaking, it seemed, at times, like what he was saying was the trigger for the anomaly. So, if one host were to utter the same words or phrases, could it then trigger the spread of the anomaly?

Ed Harris as Man in Black in HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 2
HBO's 'Westworld,' Season 1, Episode 2, Ed Harris as Man in Black [Image by John P. Johnson/HBO]

The Man in Black is an interesting character and is already entrenched in Westworld as the protagonist. But, could he actually be the one who helps to unleash the anomaly among the remaining hosts still in Westworld thanks to the fact he has a host with an anomaly?

As yet, if you have only viewed Episode 1 of Westworld, it is unclear why Maeve’s emotions would cause a recall. However, the teaser video for the weeks ahead in Westworld suggest Maeve might actually have the same anomaly Dolores’ father seemed to possess in Episode 1. She is not only questioning who she wants to be in the clip below but actively perusing her own agenda. So, this is probably the reason for her readjustment at the hands of Elsie. However, before this occurs, it seems Maeve manages to not only break free, but threaten to injure those around her, something that is not supposed to occur with a host.

Westworld: In The Weeks Ahead

Episode 2 of Westworld is written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. It is directed by Richard J. Lewis.

You can view the gallery for Episode 2 of Westworld below.

What do you think will happen in Episode 2 of HBO’s Westworld? Let us know your thoughts and theories by commenting below.

Episode 2 (entitled “Chestnut”) of Westworld will air on HBO on Sunday, October 9, at 9 p.m. The synopsis is below.

“Lee pitches his latest narrative, but Dr. Ford has other ideas; Bernard and Theresa debate whether a recent host anomaly is contagious; The Man in Black conscripts a condemned man, Lawrence, to help him uncover Westworld’s deepest secrets.”

[Featured Image by John P. Johnson/HBO]