“The Well-Tempered Clavier,” the ninth episode of “Westworld,” revealed that robotic host Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) was built in the likeness of park founder Arnold who had been killed by the original park host Delores (Evan Rachel Wood). 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 Rob Licuria to analyze the best performance and all the plot points (watch above).
In this installment, Bernard discovers his origin by forcing the park’s other founder Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) at gunpoint to unlock his earliest memory. On learning this truth, Bernard attempts to kill his creator but fails and Ford orders him to commit suicide. This scene allows for the Oscar-winning Hopkins (“Silence of the Lambs”) to display his impressive acting chops.
With a performances like this one, I assert that Hopkins “will be in the awards conversation. I know he hasn’t had a complete showcase episode; but he’s so respected. He’s been pretty consistent and great throughout the season. I also wonder if the final episode will deliver a big knockout punch from him?”
Rob concurs, “There’s no better actor for me. He’s captivating and he has so much gravitas. He is very menacing. When he’s controlling Bernard I found that to be really unnerving and unsettling.”
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