[WATCH] ‘Westworld’ episode 5 recap: ‘Contrapasso’ sets up Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood for Golden Globe showdown

“Contrapasso,” the fifth episode of “Westworld,” saw Ed Harris’ Man in Black finally come face to face with Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins). Each week I will be chatting via webcam with Gold Derby contributors about the newest episode and its awards prospects. This time around, I am joined by Riley Chow and Tom O’Brien to analyze the best performance and all the plot points (watch above).

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This week we discuss the news that HBO is submitting both Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood in Drama Series Actress at the Golden Globes. Both delivered strong performances in this episode. Wood, who plays the park’s robotic host Dolorus, escapes the town of Pariah on a train with her love interest declaring “I imagined a story where I didn’t have to be the damsel.” The episode ends on a cliffhanger when Newton’s robotic host Maeve wakes up in the laboratory seemingly in control and says to the tech “Hello, It’s time you and I had a chat.”

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As Chow declares, “you could argue that everyone in the cast is supporting. Submitting more than one lead in a category seems like overkill especially since Thandie Newton hasn’t been nominated by the Globes before.” O’Brien counters, “it’s strictly strategy – that supporting category at the Globes is such a hodgepodge. I would think they would have a better chance going lead. It depends. They have a lot of new shows to choose this year. It’s by no means the only new thing on the block.”

For my part, I explain, “it really complicates the globes for Evan Rachel Wood. She had a great chance of getting nominated. But with them both getting strong material, I could see Newton or Wood getting in. Or both?”

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