Creating The Ghost Nation
♦ HBO’s Westworld returned for a second season on 22 April and here’s a look behind the scenes at the latest episode courtesy of TV Promos…
Here’s a synopsis for episode eight: William is found by Akecheta and taken to a Ghost Nation camp. Emily arrives and persuades him to let her take William, promising that he will suffer more with her than with the Ghost Nation. Maeve is taken in for analysis as Lee hopes she can be used to control the hosts, but Charlotte discovers that she has been consciously accessing the Westworld network to communicate with and reprogramme other hosts. In the camp, Akecheta tells his story to Maeve’s daughter. Prior to the uprising, he lived a peaceful life among the Ghost Nation until he discovered the maze symbol and inadvertently started down the path to sentience. After an encounter with Logan Delos and the discovery of the Valley Beyond, he concludes that his life is not his own and plans an escape. When his partner Kohana is taken by the park technicians and decommissioned, Akecheta dedicates himself to spreading the maze symbol as a warning to other hosts. It is revealed that Maeve has been connected to her daughter and that Akecheta has been communicating with her. The raiding parties were intended to save hosts, who he promises to lead to the Valley Beyond and implores her to stay behind and complete her mission.
Westworld isn’t your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park – which is looked after by robotic “hosts” – allows its visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park’s guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged. Westworld – which is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name – features an all-star cast that includes Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins and Golden Globe winner Ed Harris.