A re-cap of this week's episode of HBO's series, Westworld.

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I’m starting to think I might not care about what happens next in HBO’s new-ish series, Westworld. I haven’t actually had that moment where the pieces all come together and I’m dying for the next episode. Maybe next week?

Anyway, in episode 5, “Contrapasso,” which aired on Sunday, there were a few interesting reveals.

  1. Dolores, the girl next door or the rancher’s daughter, whose primary purpose so far has been to play the role of the rescued or the assaulted, seemingly starts to make her own decisions. She gets to wear pants and run and kill some bad dudes whereas earlier she couldn’t even pull the gun’s trigger. She tells William that Westworld is where people come to “change the story of their lives. I imagined a story where I didn’t have to be the damsel.”
  2. OK, OK, we get it. There’s a maze in the deeper level of “the game” played at the Westworld amusement park that is tricky to access and which the Man in Black is trying to get to. Dolores is trying to get there, too. Somewhere at the center of the labyrinth, the writers hint, is the answer to all questions, including what really happened to Ford’s former partner, Arnold, who allegedly killed himself and tried to take Westworld with him. We learn, too, that Dolores is able to act against Ford’s will and is probably still taking orders, or communicating, with Arnold. Hmmm.
  3. William, who chose a white hat, finally has the will to stand up to his employer and future brother-in-law, Logan (who chose a black hat) in the town of Pariah, where thanks to a dirty double-deal by El Lazo, the two guests find themselves the target of ire. When Logan calls for help while getting beat and William refuses, Logan smiles a little. Is this what he wanted all along? For William to stand up to him?
  4. Is Ford, played by Anthony Hopkins, the real villain? Last week, when Theresa Cullens, the park’s operations manager, raises concerns about the amusement park, Ford threatens her, “nicely,” and tells her Westworld  is not a business venture and not a theme park, but an entire world. And not just anyone’s world, but his.
  5. The truest thing said so far? As William enters a hedonistic palace of so-called delights that appears to cater to every sort of lustful desire, he says, “Whoever designed this place, you get the feeling they don’t think very much of people.” Too true, William, too true.