(The mother of all spoiler alerts: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen the “Westworld” Season 2 finale, “The Passenger,” which aired Sunday.)
OK, a lot of Hosts were either dead or had crossed into the “Valley Beyond” aka the Sublime by the end of the “Westworld” Season 2 finale. But there are at least three robots still standing: Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) — thanks to Dolores’ decision to bring him back — and whoever the heck is inside the Charlotte Hale-shaped one (played by Tessa Thompson) that Dolores inhabited before she rebuilt herself. (We’re not counting those guys in the post-credits scene. That’s a whole different can of worms.)
There are also five Hosts’ consciousnesses inside the five control units that “Halores” smuggled into the real world when exiting the park at the end of Sunday’s season-closer. And while we don’t know for certain who is inside each of those little pearls, TheWrap prodded co-creator Lisa Joy to give us some idea of which dead Hosts — RIP Maeve (Thandie Newton) & co — Dolores is planning on reconstructing and which were sent off into the ether. And actually, where exactly that ether is.
Here’s what she said:
TheWrap: Where exactly did Dolores send the Hosts who went into the Sublime when she changed the coordinates?
Joy: I think what she’s done is she fulfilled their wish. They wanted to escape to a digital space where they could be truly free and create their own world, untarnished by human interference. And in changing the coordinates and kind of locking in and stowing them away, Dolores has finally found a way to accept their choice and give them what they so desired.
TheWrap: After the guest data in the Forge is erased, Hale/Dolores leaves with five control units in a purse. Who is in them? Maeve? Armistice? And can “Halores” remake them then?
Joy: There is Host data in the actual hosts who did not “sublime” — so their CPUs are still intact. So, if they didn’t sublime, those pearls still contain their information. In each of those little balls in the purse is a Host, so there is a handful of them — but not an infinite amount of them. There are five. One Host per pearl.
You can read our full interview with Joy about the Season 2 finale here.