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The Riddle of the Sphinx 

An enigmatic figure becomes the center of Delos' secret project; The Man in Black and Lawrence follow the path to Las Mudas, but run into trouble.


Lisa Joy


Jonathan Nolan (created for television by), Lisa Joy (created for television by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Rachel Wood ... Dolores Abernathy (credit only)
Thandie Newton ... Maeve Millay (credit only)
Jeffrey Wright ... Bernard Lowe
James Marsden ... Teddy Flood (credit only)
Tessa Thompson ... Charlotte Hale (credit only)
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Lawrence
Luke Hemsworth ... Ashley Stubbs
Katja Herbers ... Grace
Angela Sarafyan ... Clementine Pennyfeather
Shannon Woodward ... Elsie Hughes
Ed Harris ... Man in Black
Peter Mullan ... James Delos
Jimmi Simpson ... William
Jonathan Tucker ... Major Craddock
Zahn McClarnon ... Akecheta


An enigmatic figure becomes the center of Delos' secret project; The Man in Black and Lawrence follow the path to Las Mudas, but run into trouble.

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Release Date:

13 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Directorial debut of co-creator, executive producer, and writer Lisa Joy. See more »


At the end when the man in black is riding out into the sunset through the desert with his crew, the sun is on the horizon, it was shot in what photographers call: "Sweet Light". The horses suddenly begin to stop as they see a female figure on a horse coming toward them. The person on the horse is his daughter Emily with a giant setting sun right behind her , as she approaches in silhouette. The next edit, it is mid afternoon, and the sun is directly overhead, as she says: "Hello Dad". See more »


Lawrence: They got my family. My daughter. You told me you had a daughter.
Man in Black: Did I?
Lawrence: I don't know. At some point. You ain't exactly forthcoming, but I remember that much. Point is, you think she'd want to watch you gunned down in front of her?
Man in Black: Probably.
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Written by Bryan Ferry
Performed by Roxy Music
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So that's what William was up to
14 May 2018 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

And Ford 's consciousness is still floating around the park, taunting William.

Over the weekend I watched the original Westworld, Futureworld, and the first episode of "Beyond Westworld", and have to say that these ideas had been thought of slightly in the 70's, so why should not this new Westworld series take advantage of them? Because this is the year when this stuff might start happening in real life.

Last we saw: A Samurai was comin after Maeve, and Peter Abernathy had been accosted by Charlotte Hale. But not until after Bernarnold had gotten a look into his Cortical Unit. And it was refreshing to see a character come back who we believed dead. But does Hale really have Abernathy in the here-and now? What we are enjoying in season 2 is an increase in parks, from 1 to 6, an increase in host narratives that have gone haywire, and now we get to sit back and watch how they assemble it all into Ford's new narrative. We are not even sure exactly what Ford has done, his motivation was always to protect his IP from the Shareholders. But the Shareholders, and William in particular, seem to have an agenda that's at cross purposes to Ford's. All Ford wanted to do was tell his stories, but Delos came in and perverted his work horribly. So, who would you be rooting for in such a Contest? In my case, I'd root for the people and hosts trapped in the Park. But we have already seen that both Delos and Ford will do atrocious things to protect their Agendas. So, who is worse, really?

There is something new for Season 2: We got to see an actual host "Brain". So, it's not all flesh and blood, there is a hard drive inside. Western Digital or Seagate? HDD or SSD?

And we are even being shown the nature of the Park(s). Is it on an Island? And William's "secret weapon", a big hole in the ground? And we got to meet William's father-in-law. Who has great taste in Music, at least. And Whiskey.

Because of Bernarnold's disrepair, and need for Brain Juice, it is his story and perceptions that are like Delores in Season 1. Bernarnold, he's one messed up guy. And to find out that one is Ford's Puppet, doesn't help matters much. But Ford's dead, right? And no longer running Bernarnold like a Radio Controlled car? Well, that's a really good question.

We don't think Bernarnold would harm anyone, but he has. I think Bernarnold himself would not hurt anyone, But even when freed from Ford's tablet, we have to ask if he is still being manipulated. Now the question is, if he is being run, then who is running him now?

We know William has a Daughter and until now, uninvolved with this story. Until Now.

A very important episode, it reveals Delos' entire interest in the Technology.

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