This U.S. election season hasn’t exactly been a lovefest but at least one good thing has now come out of it: HBO has dropped the second episode of Westworld on all its platforms (HBOGo, HBONow, HBO OnDemand) two days earlier than its usual Sunday airing. EW reported the news which originated at the HBO promotional website DiscoverWestworld.com.
Why did such a glorious event take place? Because of one of those pesky presidential debates. See, Donald Drumpf and Hillary Clinton are going to go at it again this Sunday night and, given that 80+ million people tuned in the first time, HBO doesn’t want to get its expensive new series in the way. The usual airdate of Sunday so happens to be my birthday this week as well, so this feels a bit like an early birthday present. Thanks HBO!
The episode is titled “Chestnut.” The synopsis is below. Here’s my review of last week’s premiere. My review of the second episode will be up in this afternoon.
A pair of guests, first-timer William (Jimmi Simpson) and repeat visitor Logan (Ben Barnes), arrive at Westworld with different expectations and agendas. Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Quality Assurance head Theresa Cullen (Sidse Babett Knudsen) debate whether a recent host anomaly is contagious. Meanwhile, behavior engineer Elsie Hughes (Shannon Woodward) tweaks the emotions of Maeve (Thandie Newton), a madam in Sweetwater’s brothel, in order to avoid a recall. Cocky programmer Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) pitches his latest narrative to the team, but Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) has other ideas. The Man in Black (Ed Harris) conscripts a condemned man, Lawrence (Clifton Collins, Jr.), to help him uncover Westworld’s deepest secrets.
Written by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy; directed by Richard J. Lewis.