Westworld Season 2, Episode 4: “The Riddle of the Sphinx”

This Mother’s Day, Westworld spent a particularly enjoyable hour tightly focused on fathers and father figures.

William, The Man in Black (yeah, yeah, it’s just easier this way), and Lawrence all had to confront their legacies, while Bernard faced his guilty conscience as he sought answers from his own creator, Dr. Ford.

So, is it awkward that the first standout episode of the season doesn’t have any Dolores?

Spoilers ahead, death-defying amigos.

This isn’t the first time an HBO show told us that in order to move forward, we must go back.

I wasn’t sure at first how James Delos would tie into the larger plot, but by his 149th interaction, we got to the heart of what The Man in Black knows that his younger self has yet to fully learn. And it ties really nicely into the overall theme of the hour.

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