The authors of western world always know how to play the long game, and their last certainly paid off in the finale of the show’s fourth season.
In the penultimate episode of Season 4, William (Ed Harris) killed several of the show’s main characters, forcing humanity to participate in a twisted game of survival of the fittest, forcing them and the remaining hosts until only one person remains to fight stand.
The stakes were higher than ever, the finale concluding multiple storylines at once and ultimately revealing the endgame of Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) after spending most of the season influencing events after seeing the future would have.
Warning: This article contains spoilers for the season 4 finale of Westworld.
Westworld Season 4 Ending Explained: Did Mankind Survive William’s Game?
Although Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) was one of William’s victims in the penultimate episode, the character was, as so often, in western world, didn’t stay dead long.
Brought back by her hosts, Charlotte decided to go after William herself and she received the message Bernard left in the previous episode before he was also killed by the aforementioned Man in Black.
As it turns out, his message was in reference to Christina, aka Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), and saw him telling Charlotte to decide whether to let Christina choose between saving the remaining hosts in The Sublime or not Not.
In order to do that, however, Charlotte had to get to the location where The Sublime was kept before William, and she had to kill him to ensure her kind could be given this last chance.
As Charlotte races William to the finish line, Frankie (Aurora Perrineau), Caleb (Aaron Paul) and Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) weave their way through the hellish game William started, with humanity all but annihilating in the cities .
Her goal was to get to the docks where Frankie’s friend Odina (Morningstar Angeline) was waiting, but the problem was that Caleb’s body was shutting down and he didn’t have much time to get Frankie to safety.
Stubbs knew this was the case, but agreed to continue helping the couple so Caleb could fulfill his promise to protect Frankie. This unfortunately led to his death at the hands of Clementine Pennyfeather (Angela Sarafyan).
In the end, Caleb managed to get Frankie to Odina at the docks, but that was all he could do and the couple had a very touching goodbye. Caleb was later seen watching them leave town and flee to where the remaining Runaways were stationed.
Meanwhile, Christina was coming to terms with not being in the real world and simply helping to control it, and also realizing that Teddy (James Marsden) and Maya (Ariana DeBose) were companions she had created to be herself to help herself remember who she really is: Dolores Abernathy.
Charlotte fought off William, where The Sublime was kept, and thanks to Bernard, who accurately predicted where her last stand would be, she was able to finally defeat him, taking his orb and destroying her completely.
She then uploaded Christina/Dolores’ orb to The Sublime, giving her the choice to do as she pleased with the world and the last remaining hosts. Afterwards, Charlotte stepped out of the facility and destroyed her own orb.
Dolores decided to create one final test, a game of her own design, and in The Sublime brings the presenters back to where it all began: Westworld.
Her comments about giving the hosts “one last test” suggest next season of western worldshould it be extended, it will be the last for the series.
Whether Frankie, Odina, and the remaining Outliers will play a part in this next chapter, or whether hosts like Maeve, Bernard, and Caleb will return, remains to be seen. But since Dolores has free reign, it feels like anything is possible.
Westworld Season 4 is available to watch in full on HBO Max.
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