[WATCH] ‘Westworld’ episode 8 preview: ‘Trace Decay’ paints Anthony Hopkins as the park’s true villain

HBO’s “Westworld” continues its wild west thrills in the preview for the eighth episode, titled “Trace Decay.” Actors in the large ensemble have a habit of dropping out of episodes, but most the the cast appears in the action-packed clip. It is sure to be a thrilling hour. Watch HBO’s preview trailer for Season 1, Episode 8 above.

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The promo opens on Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) confronting his newly realized reality as a robot. “Why did you make me kill her?” he asks of Ford (Anthony Hopkins). Though he was originally painted as a protagonist viewers could root for, Ford is turning out to be the park’s biggest villain. The hosts are under his command, and he looks to strengthen his grip on Westworld further in this episode.

What Ford may not see coming is the ambitious Maeve (Thandie Newton), who is intent on escaping her daily loop and fleeing the theme park. With her intelligence bumped up, she is apparently immune to certain shutdown protocols. I don’t know if “Westworld” is ready to show audiences the outside world just yet, so if Maeve can’t break out of her prison, she will most likely try to rule it.

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Arnold continues to be a presence that looms large over the Westworld inhabitants. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) mentions Arnold by name for the first time in the preview. She appears to be standing near the church with the black steeple as she says, “This is what Arnold wants.”

Will we finally learn the importance of this town and Dolores’ memories? Is the church an essential clue to the maze? Ed Harris‘ Man in Black seems to know more about the maze than he has let on, so the riddle will surely be solved soon.

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