Season 1 of HBO’s addicting new sci-fi/western mashup “Westworld” has delivered suspense and intrigue week after week. Before Episode 7, titled “Trompe L’Oeil,” airs on Sunday, November 13, check out the newly released teaser trailer above.
The French phrase “Trompe L’Oeil” literally translates to “Deceives the Eye,” but it is also a visual illusion used in art. Merriam Webster defines Trompe L’oeil as “a style of painting in which things are painted in a way that makes them look like real objects.” “Westworld” viewers are already watchful for mysteries and hidden agendas, but suffice to say that there will be more than meets the eye during next week’s episode.
One character with a hidden agenda is sure to be Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson), the newly revealed representative of the Delos board. She begins the preview narrating, “We need to demonstrate just how dangerous Ford’s creations can be.” Charlotte is sure to alter the balance of power by putting Ford’s (Anthony Hopkins) new narrative and leadership skills under scrutiny. She could also pose as ally or bitter rival to Theresa (Sidse Babett Knudsen), whom the board circumvented by sending Charlotte to monitor the park.
While Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) is surely getting closer to the maze (and is seen in a wild shootout in the preview), Maeve (Thandie Newton) could actually be the host posing the biggest threat to the park. After retaining past memories and having her intelligence turn up to the maximum, there is no telling what this robot on a mission could do.
When the workers in hazmat suits enter the saloon, Maeve grabs a knife in defense. It seems inevitable that a human will die by the hands of a host at some point in the show, and given her new knowledge, odds are Maeve is the first host to do the deed. We can’t wait for next Sunday.
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