These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume:
–Friar Laurence, Romeo and Juliet II.vi.

Westworld comes to a conclusion that probably should end the series. Many questions remain unanswered, however, our possible extinction is obviously of interest to viewers, and the series has found an audience. Season Four will happen.

And they gave us a post-credit sequence that suggests the directions it might take.

Title: Crisis Theory

Cast and Crew

Director: Jennifer Getzinger
Writers: Denise Thé, Jonathan Nolan

Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy
Thandie Newton as Maeve Millay
Aaron Paul as Caleb Nichols
Jeffrey Wright as Bernard Lowe
Ed Harris / Jimmi Simpson as William a.k.a. the Man in Black
Tessa Thompson as Charlotte Hale Host
Luke Hemsworth as Ashley Stubbs
Vincent Cassel as Engerraund Serac
Tao Okamoto as Hanaryo
Clifton Collins Jr. as Lawrence
Lena Waithe as Ash
Marshawn Lynch as Giggles
Jonathan Tucker as Major Craddock
Gina Torres as Lauren
Iddo Goldberg as Sebastian
Michael Rose as McClean
Enrico Colantoni as Whitman
Tyler Quinlan Abbott as Lead Rioter
Andre Johnson as Officer

Premise

Disparate plans for the future of humanity (and hosts) bring the major characters into conflict. Most of the plans require blowing stuff up.

High Points

The episode features many strong moments, including Bernard’s visit to the aging woman who was married to the original Bernard.

Low Point

Westworld has a premise based on a kind of videogame taken to its ultimate conclusion, which it used to explore deeper elements. This episode plays too much like a videogame, with the protagonists all working their way towards the final boss.

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6

Effects: 6/6 “Crisis Theory” continues the show’s tradition of excellent effects, some identifiable (because something impossible is happening) and others, sublimely invisible.

Acting: 5/6

Production: 6/6

Story: 4/6

Emotional Response: 5/6

Overall: 5/6 Tessa Thompson and Aaron Paul’s characters encapsulate the season’s themes, and it appears we will go forward with them.

In total, Crisis Theory receives 33/42

Lingering Questions

What, exactly, was Dolores’ plan? The exact details remain nearly as elusive as the Cylons’ in Battlestar Galactica.

Will Evan Rachel Wood return? While a version of Dolores remains, the one we knew appears to be dead.