western world Season 4 – and possibly the series? — ended Sunday night with “Que Sera, Sera,” a finale that pits Hale, Christina, Caleb and others against a world on fire. (The EPs tell our sister site Deadline there’s no word on an extension yet.)
The finale begins with a street strewn with corpses. Civilians kill each other without mercy or ceremony, turning once quiet city blocks into veritable war zones. Fleeting cameos come and go. (Hey, Steven Ogg!) A young sniper takes down a handful of those murderous pedestrians before William kills him. The Man in Black has thrown the world into chaos and returned to his element.
Back in the tower, she is recovered and revived by Hale’s faceless subordinates. “Makes me stronger,” she tells them. But: “Leave my scars. I want to remember my past.” Her voice is low but strong, held tight with determination. She climbs the tower to see William’s work with her own eyes. There she finds the message Bernard recorded on a tablet seconds before William shot him. It turns out that Bernard had specifically left the message to the Healthy.
In her apartment, Christina reels from the realization that she isn’t real. Teddy channels Descartes with an “I think therefore I am” platitude, but Christina is overcome with confusion and sadness. She suddenly realizes that she was never alone because the part of her that created this world created her friends to make her happy. This means Maya (which we were wondering about) was an invention of Christina’s mind, a construct she came up with so she wouldn’t feel alone. She says she needs to wake up, and she and Teddy kiss on her balcony.
An enraged Hale remotely interrupts their smooch by stomping on her hologram of New York City. The buildings around Teddy and Christina begin to flicker. Teddy realizes that Hale is coming for her, but Christina declares that she will not give up her world without a fight. Hale destroys the hologram but keeps stomping, eventually cracking the tower floor and revealing what she’s actually looking for – one of Dolores’ pearls.
A deteriorating Caleb, a wounded Frankie and Stubbs stop to rest. Stubbs worries they aren’t escaping the city, while Caleb remains determined to do what’s right for his daughter. They take refuge in a supermarket, where Frankie tells Caleb that Uwade died of cancer years ago. Caleb’s body is failing him, Frankie notes, but he doesn’t want to explain himself to her.
Hale visits OG William in prison. Upon discovering his body, Hale remarks, “Finally got what you wanted.” Clementine emerges from the shadows and, after a brief back-and-forth, convinces Hale to free her. Hale sends a handful of hosts after the misguided copy of William to slow him down. William kills his pursuers (Hey, Jonathan Tucker!) and communicates with Hale through goggles that project them onto a nearby tree stump. Here we learn about William’s new goal: destroying the sublime. So he sets off on horseback to Hoover Dam.
In her reality, Christina sees Maya sitting on a bench under a large tree. It’s a tranquil scene where Maya tells Christina she can choose which parts of the world she sees. She speaks of an “old order” and a “deep peace”, referring of course to nature and its beauty.
Clementine and an armed civilian take turns attacking Caleb, Frankie, and Stubbs at the grocery store. Clementine shoots the unnamed assailant before brutally killing Stubbs. She then briefly engages Caleb in a violent fight before Frankie shoots her in the head with the one bullet she appears to have did have left.
William arrives at Hoover Dam and begins his attack on the Sublime. Hale intercepts and confronts him, saying that William was “infected” by his now-dead human counterpart. A fierce battle ensues, taking the two out and around the dam as the door to the Sublime pulses…
William gets the upper hand and chases Hale into a nearby tunnel, triggering a flashback where we learn that Bernard’s last message is actually a series of instructions. We’re reminded of how Bernard left a gun in the same tunnel (which Hale is able to use at that precise moment), and Hale actually grabs the gun, shoots William, and slices the control unit out of his head. She grinds his pearl into dust as she staggers away.
Caleb and Frankie meet Odina at the docks, where Caleb tells Frankie the truth: that her father died long ago and that this body is dying. They say goodbye with tears.
With the Pearl of Dolores, Hale transfers Christina, Teddy and their world into the sublime. There, Christina realizes that she was able to bring Teddy back because Dolores loved him so much. Before Teddy can get too horrified at not being there, Christina wakes up in her bed. First, Teddy sits at the foot of her bed. But he turns into Dolores as she looked and sounded in Westworld all those years ago. She tells Christina that they are reflections of their creators and that humans will die out.
“Que Sera, Sera” concludes with Christina striding through the burning streets of New York City as Dolores while a battered Hale strips off her flesh suit, removes her control unit from her own head, and grinds it up in her hand. In the final moments, Christina uses the Sublime to return to Westworld, where she gives a brief narration of her hope that things will be different now.
And that’s a wrap on western world Season 4! This certainly felt like one series final, right? (The EPs tell Deadline there hasn’t been a decision yet.) Let us know what you think of this smashing finish.
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