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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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How to watch Best Drama Actor Emmy episodes for Jason Bateman, Sterling K. Brown, Ed Harris, Matthew Rhys, Milo Ventimiglia, Jeffrey Wright

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How to watch Best Drama Actor Emmy episodes for Jason Bateman, Sterling K. Brown, Ed Harris, Matthew Rhys, Milo Ventimiglia, Jeffrey Wright
TV academy members have just a few weeks to watch all of the Emmy episode submissions for the 2018 nominees before final voting takes place August 13-27. Which of this year’s Best Drama Actor contenders has submitted the strongest episode: Jason Bateman (“Ozark”), Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), Ed Harris (“Westworld”), Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”), Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”) or Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)? You be the judge! Below, we list the nominees’ episode descriptions and provide links for where you can watch all of the submissions online.

SEE2018 Emmy nominations complete list: All the nominees for the 70th Emmy Awards

Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) as Marty Byrde

Episode: “The Toll”

Airdate: July 21, 2018

Description: Many threats are hanging over Marty and his family. He wants to pack up his wife Wendy (Laura Linney) and the kids to leave town immediately. He visits Jacob and proposes to be his only customer and launder the profits.
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Best Drama Series Emmy episode submissions revealed for all 7 nominees (Exclusive)

Best Drama Series Emmy episode submissions revealed for all 7 nominees (Exclusive)
Gold Derby can exclusively reveal all of the Emmy episode submissions for the seven 2018 contenders as Best Drama Series. Each program enters six episodes from this past season, and those will be available for voters to view on the Television Academy voter portal.

Last year’s champ “The Handmaid’s Tale” returns to defend its title but will face off for the first time against two-time winner “Game of Thrones,” which was not eligible to compete in 2017. Other contenders back from last year’s race are “The Crown,” “Stranger Things,” “This Is Us” and “Westworld.” Returning after an absence is the final season of “The Americans.”

SEE2018 Emmy nominations complete list: All the nominees for the 70th Emmy Awards

The Americans” is submitting “Dead Hand,” “The Great Patriotic War,” “Harvest,” “The Summit,” “Jennings, Elizabeth” and “Start.” The FX program competes for its sixth season and has 4 nominations.

The Crown” is submitting “Beryl,
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Ed Harris (‘Westworld’) Emmy episode revealed for Best Drama Actor (Exclusive)

Ed Harris (‘Westworld’) Emmy episode revealed for Best Drama Actor (Exclusive)
Gold Derby can exclusively reveal that Ed Harris is entering the “Westworld” episode “Vanishing Point” as his Emmy submission for Best Drama Actor. This installment aired June 17 and was the ninth episode of the second season for the HBO show.

In this segment, the Man in Black aka William (Harris) is seen in a flashback with wife Juliet (Sela Ward) on the night she committed suicide. After a party disaster, they have a major fight at home and she wants to admit daughter Juliet to an addiction facility. Back in Westworld, he is becoming more convinced that he is actually a host.

SEE2018 Emmy nominations complete list: All the nominees for the 70th Emmy Awards

Harris has his third career nomination but first for this role. For the 2018 ceremony, he faces off against reigning champ Sterling K. Brown and his “This Is Us” co-star Milo Ventimiglia. The other contenders are
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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 finale time: Season 2, Episode 10 arrives at HBO, but does season finale hold answers?

Westworld finale time has arrived. Season 2, Episode 10, better known as the Season 2 finale, airs Sunday night (June 24) on HBO. This episode has been highly-anticipated, as the second season has been packed with new information for viewers. That includes everything that took place in the penultimate episode from June 17. There are some spoilers about it below. Called Vanishing Point, Season 2, Episode 9 shocked HBO viewers. The synopsis for the episode read, “One may try to kill it all away, but one remembers everything.” As fans of the show saw, the Man in Black (Ed Harris) […]

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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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'Westworld': Where Everyone Stands Heading Into the Season 2 Finale

'Westworld': Where Everyone Stands Heading Into the Season 2 Finale
[This story contains spoilers for season two, episode nine of HBO's Westworld, "Vanishing Point," as well as scenes from the preview for the season finale, "The Passenger."]

It was the shot heard 'round the world — at least, one that reverberated throughout Westworld and its surrounding parks: Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins), assassinated at the hands of a Wyatt-infused Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), signaling the end of an era and the dawn of a new species.

Ten full episodes later, Westworld stands ready to change the game once again. Only one episode remains in the HBO ...
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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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'Westworld': Sela Ward Breaks Down Her Heartbreaking Turn in "Vanishing Point"

'Westworld': Sela Ward Breaks Down Her Heartbreaking Turn in
[This story contains spoilers for season two, episode nine of HBO's Westworld, "Vanishing Point."]

The Man in Black and his wife, Juliet, approached the world from opposing viewpoints, certainly toward the end of her life. But they had at least one pursuit in common: the search for something true.

Emmy winner Sela Ward joined the Westworld fray for this past week's "Vanishing Point," the ninth and penultimate episode of the HBO drama's second season. The actress was tasked with bringing life to Juliet, previously seen in flashback appearances and played by Claire Unabia. In ...
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Sela Ward Could Return to ‘Westworld’ – Yes, Even After That Dark Twist

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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’ Season 2 Finale Trailer Gives a Peek at the Valley Beyond

There is plenty to unpack from Westworld Season 2's ninth episode "Vanishing Point," but how can we not also be immediately distracted by the trailer for the finale, "The Passenger"? From the looks of it, all of our major characters will be making it to the Forge, a.k.a. the Door, a.k.a. The Valley Beyond, and what awaits them there is sure to be a mind-boggling experience. The promo trailer for the finale flips back and forth from full-screen and 16:9 -- we've seen in the past that the show moves to 16:…
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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’ Review: ‘Vanishing Point’ Sets the Stage for the Grand Finale

Welcome to our weekly recaps of HBO’s Westworld. This Westworld review takes a look at the ninth episode of season 2, “Vanishing Point”. Be warned: spoilers follow. Here Comes The Man In Black After last week’s series-best episode focusing almost entirely on Akecheta, this week’s Westworld – “Vanishing Point” – zeroes-in on another character: William, the Man In Black. […]

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'Westworld' Finale: What's Ahead in Season 2's Brutal Climax

'Westworld' Finale: What's Ahead in Season 2's Brutal Climax
[This story contains spoilers for season two, episode nine of HBO's Westworld, "Vanishing Point," as well as a breakdown of the preview for the final episode of the season, "The Passenger."]

The season began with a journey into night. As Westworld prepares for its final episode of 2018, the series stands ready to plunge once more into darkness.

Exiting the penultimate episode of the season, "Vanishing Point," the HBO drama has unleashed a rather revealing glimpse at the final hour of the year: "The Passenger," written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy,...
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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 Season 2 Episode 9 Review: Vanishing Point

Dying in the park seems like a happy alternative to the lives of many at this juncture.

Westworld Season 2 Episode 9 not only revealed a bit of William's intent with the park but why his wife, Juliette, killed herself, how far down the rabbit hole William has fallen and which character has become most like him.

Others are continuing their internal growth despite meddling, proving that pushing a few slides too far in one direction doesn't corrupt completely. In short, a lot is going on as we lead into the Westworld finale.

Many of us have wondered about William and whether or not he is an AI in what is, essentially, his own park. Not yet.

Elsie: Hey, if you know something, now is the time to fucking clue me in, Ok? You promised me: no lies, no secrets.

Ford: You can't trust her, Bernard. It's in her nature.

Elsie: What
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‘Westworld': Ok, Seriously, Is the Man in Black a Host or Not?

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‘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’ Review: ‘Vanishing Point’ Reveals Stunning Stakes for the Finale and Some Tragic Twists

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‘Westworld’ Review: ‘Vanishing Point’ Reveals Stunning Stakes for the Finale and Some Tragic Twists
[Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers for “Westworld” Season 2, Episode 9, “Vanishing Point.”]

Programming Note

This is the last episode provided to critics before next week’s season finale, which means that no, we have no idea what happens next either, and that this review will be untainted by any potential future knowledge. Enjoy.

Diagnostic Report

It’s not a good day for anyone in the Westworld park, as the game pieces get set up for next week’s final conclusion. Unlike “Game of Thrones,” creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy don’t choose to play their biggest hand in the penultimate episode.

The focus is largely on William, as flashbacks to the not-too-distant past depict what happened the night his wife Juliet committed suicide. Earlier that evening, the two of them had been attending a gala in William’s honor, but the snide teasing William receives about his “humble roots” as well as Juliet’s public drunkenness
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‘Westworld': Jeffrey Wright on How Bernard Finally Got Ford Out of His ‘F—ing Head’

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‘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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