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‘Westworld’: 5 mind-bending theories for Sunday’s Season 2 finale

‘Westworld’: 5 mind-bending theories for Sunday’s Season 2 finale
The puzzle pieces are slowly fitting into place on the great mysteries of “Westworld” Season 2. But in a series that demands close attention and prides itself on big reveals, there are still major dangling threads to piece together before the final episode of the year. Examine the best theories about the series’ lingering questions below and tune into “The Passengers” on Sunday, June 24 on HBO to see which of these guesses come to fruition.

Man or Robot?

Let’s get the big question out of the way. “Vanishing Point” left William (Ed Harris) in a state of despair, wondering if he is actually a host. He even begins carving into his arm searching for circuitry. It would be a massive twist to reveal that the Delos corporation, or Ford (Anthony Hopkins), figured out a way to successfully create host copies of humans. Many fans point to the inquisitive look William gives to his arm,
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Zahn McClarnon (‘Westworld’) could make Emmy history as first Native American actor nominated for a series

Zahn McClarnon (‘Westworld’) could make Emmy history as first Native American actor nominated for a series
Zahn McClarnon suddenly became “Westworld’s” season two Mvp in the span of an hour thanks to his role as Akecheta, leader of Ghost Nation in the eighth episode, “Kiksuya.” A nomination for Best Drama Supporting Actor would be a groundbreaking moment as the television academy has never nominated a Native American actor for a continuing series.

Westworld” was nominated for Best Drama Supporting Actor last year for Jeffrey Wright, but he got a promotion this year to the lead category, which could open the door for McClarnon to make history: not only would he be the first Native American actor to receive a nomination for a series, he would also be only the second Native American actor ever nominated in any category, after August Schellenberg contended for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor for his performance as Sitting Bull in the HBO telefilm “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” in
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Photos from HBO’s Westworld Season 2 Finale

Everything comes to a head in this Sunday's season 2 finale for Westworld, titled, "The Passenger," and we have a look at six photos from the finale courtesy of HBO.

"Episode #20 “The Passenger” (season finale)

Debut date: Sunday, June 24 (9:00–10:30 p.m. Et/Pt)

Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, and James Marsden.

Created for television by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who are executive producers with J.J. Abrams, Athena Wickham, Roberto Patino, Richard Lewis, and Ben Stephenson. Production companies, Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television; based on the film written by Michael Crichton.

Debuting on HBO in 2016 to become HBO’s most-watched freshman series ever, Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. The season one cast included Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden,
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‘Westworld’ Star Jeffrey Wright’s Advice to Fans Confused by Season 2: ‘Relax and Surrender’

‘Westworld’ Star Jeffrey Wright’s Advice to Fans Confused by Season 2: ‘Relax and Surrender’
This story about Jeffrey Wright first appeared in the Comedy/Drama/Actors issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Jeffrey Wright has spent the better part of Season 2 of “Westworld” looking dazed and confused. But to be fair, his onscreen alter ego, Bernard Lowe, has been struggling to piece together a chaotic stream of memories that began the night Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) shot and killed park creator Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) in the first season’s finale–not to mention grappling with the realization he is an android and deciding whether to join the robot “host” uprising against the humans.

So confused might actually not be a strong enough word for what Wright is portraying in the second installment of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s HBO sci-fi series.

“Bernard is trying to rebuild himself mechanically, but he’s also trying to rebuild his relationship to this newly created world
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Ask Your Amazon Alexa to Take You Into ‘Westworld’ Right Now

Ask Your Amazon Alexa to Take You Into ‘Westworld’ Right Now
Maybe we’re not as far off from a “Westworld”-like future of incredibly lifelike, sentient robot hosts as we thought. Enter Alexa.

In conjunction with the season finale of “Westworld” on Sunday, HBO has launched “Westworld: The Maze,” a new game that’s playable on devices with Amazon’s Alexa. And you can try it out, right now.

Say “Alexa, open Westworld” into your device, and the game will launch, no download or update required.

Also Read: 'Westworld': Ok, Seriously, Is the Man in Black a Host or Not?

“Westworld: The Maze” is a choose-your-own adventure style game in which players listen to a series of audio story clips and then can interact with the story by speaking aloud and responding to questions and prompts. You play as a host wandering Westworld with the objective of trying to reach the center of “The Maze” and achieve consciousness.
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HBO Welcomes New WarnerMedia Boss John Stankey With Video Featuring Bill Hader, Sarah Jessica Parker, Larry David

HBO welcomed its new corporate leader to the fold on Tuesday with the help of some big stars.

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington of “Game of Thrones,” Sarah Jessica Parker (“Divorce”), Danny McBride (“Vice Principals”) and Bill Hader (“Barry”) popped up in a video introduction to John Stankey, the newly minted head of WarnerMedia. Stankey was joined on stage by HBO chief Richard Plepler for an hour-long town hall at the premium cable channel’s Manhattan headquarters.

HBO, along with the staff at Warner Bros. and Turner, is trying to get a handle on Stankey. He has been tasked with
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HBO Welcomes New WarnerMedia Boss John Stankey With Video Featuring Bill Hader, Sarah Jessica Parker, Larry David

HBO welcomed its new corporate leader to the fold on Tuesday with the help of some big stars.

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington of “Game of Thrones,” Sarah Jessica Parker (“Divorce”), Danny McBride (“Vice Principals”) and Bill Hader (“Barry”) popped up in a video introduction to John Stankey, the newly minted head of WarnerMedia. Stankey was joined on stage by HBO chief Richard Plepler for an hour-long town hall at the premium cable channel’s Manhattan headquarters.

HBO, along with the staff at Warner Bros. and Turner, is trying to get a handle on Stankey. He has been tasked with integrating the entertainment company into the At&T family after the telecommunications giant completed its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner. The company has been re-named WarnerMedia.

Similar town halls will take place on Warner Bros.’ Burbank lot on Wednesday and at Turner’s Atlanta headquarters on Friday. Warner Bros. Communications chief
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Westworld: Is the HBO TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three?

Vulture Watch What's going on in the Wild West "town" of Sweetwater? Has the Westworld TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on HBO? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Westworld, season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About? An HBO sci-fi drama, season two of Westworld features returning stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Tessa Thompson, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Clifton Collins Jr., Luke Hemsworth, Louis Herthum, Simon Quarterman, Talulah Riley, Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan, Shannon Woodward, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Leonardo Nam, and Ptolemy Slocum. New cast members in the second season include Fares Fares,
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'Westworld' Star Jeffrey Wright on His Character's Wild Journey: "I'm Never Flying Blind"

Westworld, almost always followed by immediate and simple compliance from the artificially intelligent creatures known as “hosts.” But there’s nothing simple about the process for the actors tasked with bringing the hosts online.

Indeed, few members of the HBO drama’s ensemble are steeped in as much complexity as Jeffrey Wright, who plays the dual roles of robot Bernard Lowe and robot maker Arnold Weber. Even as he predominantly plays Bernard on the show, from creators Jonathan Nolan (who goes by “...

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“This is the End” in the Trailer for HBO’s Westworld Season 2 Finale

The season 2 finale of Westworld is nearly upon us, and ahead of the twists and turns of what looks to be a nerve-wrenching episode, a teaser trailer for the final installment of the second season has been revealed by HBO.

The Westworld Season 2 finale will air on Sunday, June 24th on HBO. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates and watch the teaser trailer below.

"We will win. Watch new episodes of Westworld Sundays at 9Pm on HBO. Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright and James Marsden.

Created for television by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who are executive producers with J.J. Abrams, Athena Wickham, Roberto Patino, Richard Lewis and Ben Stephenson. Production companies, Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television; based on the film written by Michael Crichton.

Debuting on HBO in 2016 to become HBO’s most-watched freshman series ever,
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Sela Ward Could Return to ‘Westworld’ – Yes, Even After That Dark Twist

Sela Ward Could Return to ‘Westworld’ – Yes, Even After That Dark Twist
(Major spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen Sunday’s episode of “Westworld” Season 2, “Vanishing Point.”)

Juliet is dead on “Westworld” — but that doesn’t mean Sela Ward’s relationship with the show needs to be.

After her character’s chilling death by suicide on Sunday’s episode — Season 2’s penultimate installment that also served as our introduction to the older version of William’s (Ed Harris) wife — we know we won’t be seeing her in the HBO sci-fi series’ current timeline. But thanks to the many flashbacks the show features, it’s not out of the question that Juliet will return.

Also Read: 'Westworld': Ok, Seriously, Is the Man in Black a Host or Not?

“We absolutely talked about the possibility,” Ward said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, published after the episode, about conversations with co-creator Lisa Joy. “I don’t
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Finally, an Emmy nomination for Freddie Highmore (‘The Good Doctor’), but can he win?

Finally, an Emmy nomination for Freddie Highmore (‘The Good Doctor’), but can he win?
It’s nuts, but Freddie Highmore has been going crazy for an Emmy for years and voters haven’t nominated him. He deserved to win for his hatchet-wielding turn in “Bates Motel,” but voters for some reason didn’t warm up to that. Now he’s wielding a scalpel as a good guy in “The Good Doctor” and, whew, he still seems a little bit off, but it’s a medical condition.

Voters adore big, wig-out performances like Rami Malik in “Mr. Robot,” who won this category three years ago. There are a lot of similarities between Malik’s character Elliot and Highmore’s Dr. Murphy, come to think of it. Both guys are perceived as bonkers by many people, but, wait, there are a few smart folks who understand that these guys actually see things we don’t! They’re really just trying to save the world – one patient at a time,
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‘Westworld’ episode 9 recap: William (Ed Harris) questions his reality in ‘Vanishing Point’

HBO’s “Westworld” has a reputation for asking viewers to inspect everything on screen for hidden meaning. In the penultimate episode of Season 2, “Vanishing Point,” one character questions every life decision he has ever made. The answers to his questions could have massive repercussions for the series going forward. Dive in to the shocking twists of Episode 9 below.

The Stain – As the camera pans over an opulent gala in a flashback, the Man in Black (Ed Harris) discusses a “stain” within himself during a voiceover. His wife Juliet (Sela Ward) is still alive during this flashback, drinking heavily during the party. “When did it creep in?” William asks as he envisions Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) as a server. “Was it all in my head?” The disorienting sequence quickly cuts back to the park, where his daughter Emily (Katja Herbers) has taken him to a rally point. She tends to his
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‘Westworld': Jeffrey Wright on How Bernard Finally Got Ford Out of His ‘F—ing Head’

‘Westworld': Jeffrey Wright on How Bernard Finally Got Ford Out of His ‘F—ing Head’
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen Sunday’s episode of Season 2 of “Westworld,” “Vanishing Point.”)

Bernard Lowe has finally cut Robert Ford out of his life — literally.

Toward the end of Sunday’s episode of “Westworld,” Jeffrey Wright’s character reached a breaking point with his old partner and friend. The head of the park’s programming division — and a Host himself — has been living with the late Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) “inside” his brain for the better part of 2 installments, but he decided enough was enough when Westworld’s creator tried to get him to kill Elsie (Shannon Woodward) — again.

Also Read: 'Westworld': Someone Either Screwed Up the Last Episode or Dropped a Huge Easter Egg

TheWrap spoke with Wright ahead of the episode, which was Season 2’s penultimate, to figure out how Bernard was finally able to break his unhealthy bond with Ford,
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Zahn McClarnon just became the ‘Westworld’ Season 2 Mvp, so nominate him for Drama Supporting Actor, Emmy voters!

Zahn McClarnon just became the ‘Westworld’ Season 2 Mvp, so nominate him for Drama Supporting Actor, Emmy voters!
Westworld” delivered what many are considering a series best episode Sunday night with the Ghost Nation-focused installment “Kiksuya” led by character actor Zahn McClarnon. Because McClarnon appears in at least five episodes of the show, he joins co-star Anthony Hopkins in the fiercely competitive Drama Supporting Actor race with a shot of earning an Emmy nomination. Can the critical buzz of an emotionally packed episode and the momentum of a looming season finale catapult McClarnon into Emmy history? It should!

SEEAnthony Hopkins (‘Westworld’) enters supporting Emmy race, but can he take down frontrunner David Harbour (‘Stranger Things’)?

To say that a nomination for McClarnon would be a breakthrough is an understatement. It would be nothing short of historic. Voters should already know McClarnon’s name from his turns on A&E’s “Longmire” as well as the critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated second season of FX’s “Fargo,” but a nomination for
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HBO Reveals Photos from the Penultimate Episode of Westworld Season 2

There will be a "Vanishing Point" in the penultimate episode of Westworld Season 2, and we have a look at photos from the new installment that will "remember everything."

Directed by Stephen Williams and titled "Vanishing Point", the ninth episode of Westworld Season 2 premieres on Sunday, June 17th on HBO. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on season 2, and check here for our previous coverage of the second season, including interviews with the cast.

"Episode #17: ““Vanishing Point””

Debut date: Sunday, June 17 (9:00–10:00 p.m. Et/Pt)

Try to kill it all away, but I remember everything.

Written by Roberto Patino; directed by Stephen Williams.

Created for television by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who are executive producers with J.J. Abrams, Athena Wickham, Roberto Patino, Richard Lewis and Ben Stephenson. Production companies, Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television; based on the film written by Michael Crichton.
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‘Game of Thrones’ star Kit Harington is more likely to get lead Emmy nomination than Emilia Clarke, readers vote

‘Game of Thrones’ star Kit Harington is more likely to get lead Emmy nomination than Emilia Clarke, readers vote
Jon Snow knows nothing, but our readers know Kit Harington will have a better shot of getting a lead Emmy nomination this year than his “Game of Thrones” co-star Emilia Clarke. Both are entering in lead for the first time, but 52 percent think Harington is more likely to make the cut than his onscreen aunt.

Harington is still in seventh place in our Best Drama Actor odds, one spot out of the final six. Last year’s field had seven nominees because of a tie, so, at the moment, he’d need to hope for one again. The actor broke through with his first nomination in 2016 in the supporting race, which is ironically more open now with a number of ineligible people from last year and “Westworld” stars Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris also moving to lead. Wright, however, is in eighth place, with Harris in 13th.

See Emmys exclusive:
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Emmy Dream Ballot: A Voting Guide for the Best Drama Nominees Eligible in 2018

Ballots are out and Emmy voting 2018 is underway! But with 728 programs on the ballot (18 more than last year) and 2,372 performances (92 more than 2017), there’s quite a bit to sift through.

IndieWire is here to help. After picking through the ballot, these are the shows and performances that stand out. Every one is on the ballot (no write-ins necessary) and each is more than worthy of your vote, dearest TV Academy member. And if you haven’t seen these picks, there’s still time — Lord knows the screeners are out there, and voting doesn’t close until June 25 at 10 p.m. Pt.

For those of you not voting on the Emmys, take a look and share your enthusiasm. Now is the time to be loud and proud about your favorite TV shows, so head to Twitter, Facebook, the comments section, or the streets with your support. Who knows who might hear you.
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Simon Quarterman (‘Westworld’): 2nd season is a ‘transition’ and ‘a very humbling process’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Simon Quarterman (‘Westworld’): 2nd season is a ‘transition’ and ‘a very humbling process’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“He’s certainly going through a transition this season and it’s just become a very humbling process, being put into a position that he finds incredibly difficult,” reveals actor Simon Quarterman. In an interview with Gold Derby (watch the exclusive video above), he chats about his “Westworld” character Lee Sizemore, who is the eponymous park’s narrative director. “A bit of black sheep,” Lee spent most of the first season “quite isolated in a lot of ways” in the park’s corporate facilities, but has been forced to venture out into the park and fend for his life in the second season.

SEEour interview with fellow “Westworld” actor Jimmi Simpson.

Because Lee is variably the only human among robots and because he has encyclopedic knowledge of the park, Quarterman’s dialogue is disproportionately expository. “It’s always a challenge for any actor to deliver a lot of exposition to
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‘Westworld’ episode 8 recap: ‘Katsuya’ explores origin of the Maze as Zahn McClarnon gives career-best performance

‘Westworld’ episode 8 recap: ‘Katsuya’ explores origin of the Maze as Zahn McClarnon gives career-best performance
With the Season 2 finale just around the corner, “Westworld” hit pause on many of its concurrent storylines for a revelatory bottle episode. “Katsuya” focused on the Ghost Nation tribe, and how their leader Akechata (a career-best Zahn McClarnon) was intrinsically tied to the show’s greatest mysteries. Dive into Episode 8’s exploration of ancient “Westworld” lore below.

SEE2018 Emmys eligibility period ends May 31, unless you’re ‘Westworld,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and …

He’s Alive! – Somehow The Man in Black (Ed Harris) survived the hail of bullets he took to the abdomen last week. He crawls to a river before collapsing. Ghost Nation leader Akechata comes to his aide, noting he “remembers” the bloodied man from some time ago. The Ghost Nation tribe heals William at their camp until his daughter Grace (Katja Herbers) comes to claim him. We don’t see anymore of William beyond this point, but the
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