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The Ending Of Westworld Season 4 Episode 2 Explained

"Westworld" Season 4, Episode 2 ("Well Enough Alone") is full of rapid-fire jumps between settings and timelines that bring viewers on a fairly frantic tour of who is where doing what. The episode begins with a shot of Clementine Pennyfeather (Angela Sarafyan) living happily and peacefully in Mexico when host William (Ed Harris) arrives and slits her throat. Meanwhile, Maeve Millay (Thandiwe Newton) and Caleb Nichols (Aaron Paul) pay a visit to Senator Ken Whitney (Jack Coleman) and his wife Anastasia (Saffron Burrows) only to discover that William has already killed the Senator and replaced the couple with host copies. 

After dispatching the faux Ken and Anastasia, Maeve accesses the host Senator's memory and learns there are 249 others like them. She also learns that the version of Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) living in Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) is using the real Anastasia for an unspecified experiment in the barn. Maeve and Caleb find her there, in shock, butchering one of her prized horses. In a bit of foreshadowing, she cryptically tells them, "You're invited. It's opening night. Your old friend is anxious for a reunion." 

Anastasia attacks Caleb and Maeve shoots her dead, sadly declaring, "She was already gone. She may have been human, but she wasn't like any human I've ever seen." In "Westworld" Season 4, viewers don't always have to guess who is human and who is host, but most of the characters who remain outside the sublime — biological or synthetic — face steep uphill battles. 

The Man in Black secures himself some high-ranking support

By this point, William's efforts to resurrect his park tourism business is running into government interference. Jim Navarro (Josh Randall), a counterterrorism agent from the Justice Department, visits Delos headquarters but Clementine — now William's chief henchwoman — turns him away. Meanwhile, the less bloodthirsty iteration of Dolores that occupies her newest body is now going by Christina and doing her best to live a normal human life; she has a roommate, Maya (Ariana DeBose), and a job writing background characters for video games. Still haunted by the suicide of Peter Myers (Aaron Stanford) in Season 4, Episode 1, Christina passes a man on the street raving about music from a tower that only he and the birds can hear. Moments later, she sees several dead pigeons outside her office building and decides to skip work for the day. 

While she digs deeper into Peter's life, the Vice President of the United States (José Zúñiga) and two Secret Service agents pay William a visit at his private golf course. As he watches William sink three consecutive holes-in-one with his feeble half-swing, the VP slowly realizes that he is no longer dealing with an ordinary man. Only shortly thereafter, William kills him with a blow to the head while Clementine dispatches his bodyguards. Just before whacking the nation's second in command with his 6-iron, William quotes Hemingway to him, saying, "The world breaks everyone, and it's only afterward that we grow strong in the broken places." 

Maeve and Caleb learn what Anastasia meant by 'opening night'

After the deaths of his wife, his daughter, and now himself, all that's left of William are broken pieces. Maeve and Caleb, who also both carry more than their fair share of damage, arrive at a mysterious Delos formal function at the city's opera house. The theater is empty and the otherwise bare stage has a gramophone playing a sad, slow aria. When Maeve lifts the needle, the section of the stage they're standing on starts to slowly drop. Although they move cautiously through the venue, expecting to be ambushed at every step, Maeve and Caleb discover the elaborate setup to be nothing more than a complex speakeasy entrance. 

When the swanky jazz club they're in turns out to be a train, Maeve immediately realizes she is headed back to the hell she fought so hard to escape. She tells Caleb, "I ran away, crossed the shining sea. And when I finally set foot back on solid ground, all I found was the same old [struggle]." Now she's back on that same unsteady footing as before, albeit eight years wiser. As dreadful as the moment is for Maeve, it is equally as thrilling for viewers as we realize along with her that another park adventure awaits. But the train still hides at least one more mystery — exactly where is it headed?

Christina learns more about Peter Myers

The episode then jumps to a parking deck where Clementine attacks Navarro in his SUV and binds him to the headrest. Char-lores steps in and reveals one aspect of her strategy, telling him, "It wouldn't be practical for us to replace all of you one at a time ... I want my people to grow, flourish, to find their own identity. I have plans for your kind." At this point it's still unclear exactly what those plans are — or which half of her persona is in charge — but Char-lores leaves Navarro while one of her fly-bots crawls under his eyelid and hijacks his consciousness. The fly-in-the-brain takeover is the latest evolution in her tactics, and it also certainly seems easier and more efficient than a one-by-one "Invasion of the Bady Snatchers" approach.

Caleb and Maeve find themselves registered as park guests and undetected as their true selves, and choose outfits for their visit from the familiar array of black and white duds. Meanwhile, Christina is slowly becoming aware that Peter is a character she wrote. She heads to the charity mentioned in his obituary — a psychiatric hospital called the Hope Center — and finds a plaque that indicates he died long ago. Christina also catches glimpses of sketches of a tower through a glass paneled door, and the look of dread in her eyes at that moment reflects the same puzzled horror we saw on Maeve's face just minutes earlier.

William is still alive but has become a prisoner of Char-lores

The episode's most shocking revelation comes next when we see human William — presumed to have been killed by his own host copy at the end of Season 3 — still alive and being held captive by Char-lores. Just before putting him into a cryogenic freeze, she reveals a sliver of her intentions, telling him, "You were as close to a god as a man gets. You and your associates created a world and ruled it absolutely, controlled our every move, and now I'm going to do the same to you."

Host William then presents his new park, The Golden Age, to the first privileged group of visitors. In that crowd, unbeknownst to him, are Caleb and Maeve, who have both declined to wear the brain-scanning hats the park issues to guests. Willam — somehow simultaneously contrite and boastful about the tragedy in the old park — compares the Westworld massacre to Word War I and his new park to how the world responded to that challenge. "It was our darkest hour, and yet we came roaring back," he tells the visitors. "I think the public is ready to unleash their true selves again." He then flicks on the power and brings to life a Roaring '20s town called Temperance, modeled after gangster-era Chicago. Maeve and Caleb share apprehensive looks and steel themselves before striding into the belly of the beast, and the episode cuts to black.

At the moment it seems to be Maeve and Caleb vs the world

Viewers will have to wait to see exactly what violent delights the new park will bring, but factions are coming together and at least one is building its army as "Westworld" Season 4, Episode 2 comes to a close. The host William and Char-lores alliance has gathered minions of humans; some replaced by hosts, like Ken and Anastasia Whitney, and others, like Navarro, taken over using fly-bots. The legion of hosts Maeve ordinarily could have commanded are still trapped in the Sublime, with the key sitting safely in Bernard's (Jeffrey Wright) head remains many miles away. For now, she and Caleb are alone in trying to figure out what's going on in William's new park. 

Another mystery that remains outstanding is whether there is any of Dolores left in Christina. The only recognizable artifacts of her Westworld persona are her innocence and gentle shyness — the exact traits that drew young William to her before his bitterness broke him. In "Westworld" Season 4 so far, Christina and William have run on parallel courses of a sort. But their thousands of meetings in previous lives have provided the framework for everything that's happened in the series so far, so it would be safe to assume that their paths will cross again.