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Emmy episode analysis: Ed Harris (‘Westworld’) questions his reality in ‘Vanishing Point’

Emmy episode analysis: Ed Harris (‘Westworld’) questions his reality in ‘Vanishing Point’
After missing the cut in the Drama Supporting Actor category last year, Ed Harris made the leap to Best Drama Actor and scored a deserved Emmy nomination for his performance as William on HBO’s “Westworld.” This is his third Emmy nomination after previous bids for the miniseries “Empire Falls” and “Game Change.” The actor is also a four-time Academy Award nominee thanks to his roles in “Apollo 13,” “The Truman Show,” “Pollock” and “The Hours.” He has submitted the episode “Vanishing Point” for Emmy consideration.

In “Vanishing Point,” William remembers a time when his wife Juliet (Sela Ward) was still alive. Juliet must be taken home after drinking too much at a party, and their daughter Emily (Katja Herbers) suggests that she return to rehab. As William tucks his wife into bed, she asks him to stop lying and tell her “one true thing.” He admits there is some type of “stain” within him,
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Westworld showrunners already have an ending for the show, tease season 3 plans

With the season two finale of Westworld airing last month, fans of HBO series face a potentially lengthy wait for the continuation of the story, with co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan having suggested previously that season three might not arrive until 2020. Nevertheless, development on the third season is well underway, and Nolan and co-showrunner Lisa Joy have been teasing where the story might go next.

“It’s going to be a whole new world,” said Joy in an interview with Stuff. “This series is about reinvention and scope. The first season was a more intimate look at the park from within the loops. In the second season, the hosts broke out of their loops and were able to explore more of the park. In the third season, they’ve broken out of the park itself. We’re in a new terra incognita. From the beginning, when Jonah and I were thinking about
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Westworld season 2 ratings down on the first season

The second season of HBO’s critically acclaimed Westworld TV series wrapped up this past weekend, with Variety reporting that – as with the rest of the season – the finale fell short of the numbers the show delivered in its first season.

According to the outlet, Sunday’ season two finale pulled in 1.6 million viewers and a 0.6 rating in the key 18-49 demo, down 30% in viewers and 40% in the demo from 2016’s season one finale, which scored 2.2 million viewers and a 1.0 rating.

As it happens, these numbers match the average Live+Same Day ratings for the full season, which was down 14% in viewers and 24% in the demo overall compared to the first season. In terms of delayed and multi-platform viewing, HBO has said that season two will average around 10 million viewers per episode, which again is down from the 13.2 million average of the first season.

Westworld has come in for some criticism for its overly complex storytelling,
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The Week That Was: IMDb Editors' Picks for June 24-29, 2018

The Week That Was: IMDb Editors' Picks for June 24-29, 2018
A trending "Westworld" actress, a TV reunion, and the first look at the stars of Quentin Tarantino's new movie were just a few topics that had IMDb's editors buzzing this past week.

Dutch actress Katja Herbers, who plays Emily in science-fiction Western TV series "Westworld," ranked at No. 13 on IMDb's STARmeter for the week - the highest charting of her career. It followed a pivotal role in some crucial scenes of the Season 2 finale.

This week, Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson revealed they will be competing on Nickelodeon's "All New Double Dare," a reboot of a Gen-X kid classic for the millennial set. The reunion of the "Kenan & Kel" stars will mark a return to the network that launched their careers more than 20 years ago.

One of the coolest photos to hit the desks of IMDb's editors this week was the first shot from the set of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film, which is set in 1969 Los Angeles. The photo provides a first look at Leonardo DiCaprio as former Western TV star Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth.

On the trailer front, a double dose of out-there previews debuted this week: Nicolas Cage going fully unhinged in the nightmarish Mandy, and Assassination Nation, which reveals the murderous side of a small town when a hacker exposes all its online secrets. Both screened at this year's Sundance Film Festival and generated major buzz. Audiences will finally get to see both movies when they are released in September.

Check out more of IMDb's editors' picks here.

‘Westworld’ Season 2 Ratings Drop From Season 1

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‘Westworld’ Season 2 Ratings Drop From Season 1
Westworld” wrapped up its second season on Sunday, with the HBO series coming up short of the numbers it delivered in Season 1.

Sunday’s finale nabbed 1.6 million viewers and a 0.6 rating in adults 18-49 in the Nielsen Live+Same Day ratings. That is even with the episode that aired last week, but down approximately 30% in total viewers and 40% in the demo from the Season 1 finale in 2016, which drew 2.2 million viewers and a 1.0 rating. Furthermore, Season 2 of the show has averaged a 0.6 rating and 1.6 million viewers per episode in Live+Same Day. That is down approximately 14% in total viewers and 23% in the key demo from Season 1, which averaged 1.8 million viewers and a 0.8 rating.

Of course, HBO has frequently touted the fact that “Westworld” sees the lion’s share of its viewership in multi-platform and delayed viewing. HBO estimates that Season 2 of the show will average 10 million viewers per episode when the final numbers are calculated.
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Westworld's Finale Postcredit Scene Delivers a Shocking Twist About the Man in Black

Westworld's Finale Postcredit Scene Delivers a Shocking Twist About the Man in Black
Warning: giant spoilers for the Westworld season two finale ahead!

Who is a host, and who is human? Over the course of Westworld's two seasons, that question has provided one of the sci-fi series's best twists, and made for some interesting internet theories. But during season two's finale, "The Passenger," on Sunday night, the notion got even more shocking thanks to a postcredit scene involving the Man in Black (Ed Harris) and his daughter, Emily (Katja Herbers).

After an episode jam-packed with thrills - Lee's sacrifice! Maeve's beautiful moment with her daughter! Bernard's conversation with Ford! The Dolores and Charlotte switcheroo! - we see a badly injured Mib get off an elevator into what we think will be the flooding lab where Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) were facing off seemingly moments earlier. Instead, he steps out into a facility that's long been abandoned and greeted
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‘Westworld’ Season 3: Here’s Everything We Know Right Now

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‘Westworld’ Season 3: Here’s Everything We Know Right Now
(The mother of all spoiler alerts: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen the “Westworld” Season 2 finale, “The Passenger,” which aired Sunday.)

Do you feel like someone pulled your control unit out of your head after watching the “Westworld” Season 2 finale — including that wild post-credits scene? Of course you do. So what do you do next? Start scouring the internet for hints about the third installment, obviously.

While the details we have on the next season of Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan’s HBO sci-fi series are few and far between, we have been able to roundup a few tidbits that should tide you over for at least as long as it takes Dolores to get through one of her famous speeches about “the world.”

Also Read: 'Westworld' Season 2 Finale's Wild Post-Credits Scene Explained

1. It’s going to take place in the “real world,” for the most part.
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‘Westworld’ Is Killing the Same Characters So Many Times, It’s Actually Killing Itself — Spoilers

‘Westworld’ Is Killing the Same Characters So Many Times, It’s Actually Killing Itself — Spoilers
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for “Westworld” Season 2, including the finale and its post-credits scene.]

So many people died in the “Westworld” Season 2 finale — some even died for the second time.

Think about that for a second: How many times have you seen Bernard (played beautifully by Jeffrey Wright) die? It happened once in Season 1, when Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) orders him to kill himself. It happened twice in Season 1 if you count the flashback to when Arnold (also played by Jeffrey Wright) orders Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) to kill him. And then it happened again near the ending of Season 2, when Dolores — brought back to life by Bernard and inhabiting a copy of Charlotte Hale’s body (Tessa Thompson) — decides Bernard needs to die so he can be rebuilt and set free in the real world.

But he was still shot dead. For a brief amount of time, the audience is meant to believe Bernard is gone,
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Westworld's Finale Postcredit Scene Delivers a Shocking Twist About the Man in Black

Warning: giant spoilers for the Westworld season two finale ahead!

Who is a host, and who is human? Over the course of Westworld's two seasons, that question has provided one of the sci-fi series's best twists, and made for some interesting internet theories. But during season two's finale, "The Passenger," on Sunday night, the notion got even more shocking thanks to a postcredit scene involving the Man in Black (Ed Harris) and his daughter, Emily (Katja Herbers).

After an episode jam-packed with thrills - Lee's sacrifice! Maeve's beautiful moment with her daughter! Bernard's conversation with Ford! The Dolores and Charlotte switcheroo! - we see a badly injured Mib get off an elevator into what we think will be the flooding lab where Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) were facing off seemingly moments earlier. Instead, he steps out into a facility that's long been abandoned and greeted
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‘Westworld’ finale recap: Top 6 jaw-dropping moments from ‘The Passenger’

HBO’s “Westworld” concluded in epic fashion Sunday night. But true to it’s nature, the labyrinthine series only solved its central mysteries by offering new questions. The extended length finale is filled with revelations that will make every viewer question the nature of their reality. These are the six most shocking developments from “The Passenger.”

See‘Westworld’ Season 2 finale preview: ‘The Passenger’ is just in time for Emmys [Watch]

The Valley Beyond – The hosts finally discover The Valley Beyond, which turns out is a digital paradise that only hosts can see. They enter through “the door,” a giant inter-dimensional rift sitting in front of a cliffside. The hosts’ bodies fall to their doom as they step through the threshold, but their minds are stored in the digital realm forever. One has to wonder if we’ve seen the last of the hosts who appear in this utopia, including Teddy (James Marsden
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‘Westworld’ Season 2 Finale’s Wild Post-Credits Scene Explained

  • The Wrap
‘Westworld’ Season 2 Finale’s Wild Post-Credits Scene Explained
(The mother all spoiler alerts: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen the “Westworld” Season 2 finale, “The Passenger,” which aired Sunday.)

The second season of “Westworld” took a cue from the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s handbook on Sunday, capping an insane finale, titled “The Passenger,” with an equally insane post-credits scene. In the short clip, we see the Man in Black (Ed Harris) aka William, stumble out of an elevator into an abandoned room that the hit sci-fi series has never entered before. He comes across his daughter, Emily (Katja Herbers), who, uh, he actually killed in the penultimate episode. The Man in Black is understandably confused, and so was TheWrap. So we asked the show’s co-creator Lisa Joy to explain it to us.

Here is what she said:

Also Read: 'Westworld' Season 3: Here's Everything We Know Right Now

TheWrap: We saw at the end of the actual episode,
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Is The Man In Black A Human Or Host? ‘Westworld’ Co-Creator Lisa Joy On Season 2 Finale & What’s Next

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Is The Man In Black A Human Or Host? ‘Westworld’ Co-Creator Lisa Joy On Season 2 Finale & What’s Next
Spoiler Alert: This story contains details about tonight’s season 2 finale of Westworld on HBO

From the moment Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) died at the end of Westworld‘s season 1, a robot apocalypse has ensued throughout this past season, with hosts and humans as collateral damage. And while the Delos Swat team appears to have quelled the android uprise, we’re left with the notion at the end of tonight’s 1 1/2 hour episode 20, “The Passenger”, written by husband and wife Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and directed by Frederick E.O. Toye, that our world is about to be stirred up by the likes of robo-Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), robo-Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson), and the venerable host Bernard (Jeffrey Wright).

However, the most jarring part of tonight’s season 2 finale came in the post-credits epilogue. Doubts are raised greatly here about the Man in Black’s (Ed Harris
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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' Podcast: What's Next For the Man in Black

'Westworld' Podcast: What's Next For the Man in Black
Forget a shot in the arm; this week's Westworld stuck a huge knife into the thing, prying the lid open on a question many fans have been asking since the start of the series.

In "Vanishing Point," season two's penultimate episode, the Man in Black (Ed Harris) completely loses his mind… or does he? There's no question that his acts of violence are twisted and disturbing, chief among them murdering his own daughter Emily (Katja Herbers) in broad daylight. When he realizes that Emily might not be a host sent by Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) after ...
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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

  • The Wrap
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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'Westworld' Star on That Deadly Man in Black Twist

'Westworld' Star on That Deadly Man in Black Twist
[This story contains spoilers for season two, episode nine of HBO's Westworld, "Vanishing Point."]

"Hi, Dad."

With those two words, Westworld viewers finally came face to face with Emily (Katja Herbers), daughter of the Man in Black (Ed Harris). As of "Vanishing Point," two other, related words come to mind: "Bye, Dad."

Season two's penultimate episode aired on Father's Day, which turned out to be dark timing indeed as the Man in Black, fully in the mouth of madness on his search for the Door, killed his daughter in cold ...
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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': Ok, Seriously, Is the Man in Black a Host or Not?

  • The Wrap
‘Westworld': Ok, Seriously, Is the Man in Black a Host or Not?
(Major spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen Sunday’s episode of “Westworld” Season 2, “Vanishing Point.”)

The penultimate episode of “Westworld”s second season aired Sunday and, of course, that means we have some new questions, one of the biggest being, is the Man in Black a Host?

Now, it’s not like we haven’t asked ourselves this question before. In fact, we’ve probably wondered if every single human character is secretly a host since the very first episode. But as Season 2 of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s HBO sci fi hit approaches its end, the answer when it comes to Ed Harris’ character seems to be turning from a “Wtf? Of course he’s not!” to an “Umm…”

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

This episode, titled “Vanishing Point,” took
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‘Westworld’ episode 9 preview: Ed Harris & James Marsden finally deliver the goods in ‘Vanishing Point’

‘Westworld’ episode 9 preview: Ed Harris & James Marsden finally deliver the goods in ‘Vanishing Point’
This Sunday’s “Westworld” could be an important episode at the Emmys this year. Although it airs outside of the normal June to May eligibility period for the Emmys, it and the other three June episodes of “Westworld” are in contention at the Emmys this year as per the “hanging episodes” rule.

Vanishing Point,” which is the ninth of 10 episodes in season two, is the best showcase yet for Ed Harris and James Marsden. They were the only ones from the six core cast members not to be nominated for their performances last year and this episode might have been what voters were waiting for.

SEEour interview with “Westworld” guest actor Jimmi Simpson.

Vanishing Point” might be what inspired HBO to campaign Harris for Best Drama Actor, having submitted him for Best Drama Supporting Actor last year. The episode delves into the back story of his character William, specifically his home life,
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