[WATCH] ‘Westworld’ episode 4 recap: ‘Dissonance Theory’ showcases Thandie Newton

“Dissonance Theory,” the fourth episode of “Westworld,” saw Ed Harris’ Man in Black continue to delve further into the maze and Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) reveal his plans for the sci-fi western theme park. 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 Amanda Spears to analyze the best performance and all the plot points (watch above).

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After a show-stopping turn in the season’s second episode, Thandie Newton delivered again as the robot Maeve, the madam who runs the theme park’s saloon. In this episode she continues to deal with the recurring memories of having seen her human creators. This culminates in her forcing the villainous Hector to remove a bullet from her stomach. That is the proof she needed to realize she is not crazy and helps her understand the truth of the park.

Spears points out that this is an ideal time for Newton to be delivering such a strong performance. “Having scene-stealing moments that people will remember as a supporting character keeps you at the top of mind for Golden Globe voters.” And, as she explains, “Newton is in a really good position to make history if she gets into that supporting race. She would be the first African American woman to win it.”

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However, I point out “the hurdle for Newton is that the Globes mix limited, comedy and drama performance for supporting TV races. There are just so many directions they can go go, they are the hardest categories to predict.”

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