Westworld: The Adversary Recap [Spoilers]

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Westworld isn't your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park -- which is looked after by robotic "hosts" -- allows its visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park's guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged. "Westworld" -- which is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name -- features an all-star cast that includes Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins and Golden Globe winner Ed Harris.

The sixth episode of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy's series, called "The Adversary," reveals that Ford owns host versions of his own family — including a young version of himself, the same android boy (Oliver Bell) who accompanied Robert to the buried church back in episode two. It shows that Ford is a more sentimental man than he's let on, and it also speaks to his connection with Arnold, the late Westworld co-founder who created Ford's host family as a gift for his partner.

There's another massive revelation in "The Adversary," too, in the form of Maeve (Thandie Newton) discovering the true nature of her existence. Livestock technician Felix Lutz (Leonardo Nam) takes Maeve on a behind-the-scenes tour of Westworld, and even modifies the Sweetwater madame's programming at her request. No host in Westworld boasts an overall intelligence score higher than 14 out of a possible 20 points — except for Maeve, who is now maxed out in that regard. A frightening prospect for any nearby humans, and a thoroughly exhilarating one for viewers invested in Maeve's next steps.

The Adversary Easter Egg:  Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) travels down into the bowels of the Westworld office in order to access an old tracking system for the hosts. While he’s there, Bernard shines a flashlight on a host dressed in what looked like Yul Brynner’s outfit from the 1973 movie.

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