Episode 4 of Westworld titled “Dissonance Theory” aired last night, and because I’m this much of a fangirl and have way too much to say, I’m splitting this into two posts. You can expect a full recap coming very shortly, but for now, I just want to talk about the most interesting dynamic in the show right now. That, of course, is William and Logan.
Last week, we left off with Dolores stumbling into Will and Logan’s camp and fainting in Will’s arms. So first off, can I just say that I am already shipping Dolores and Will!? Since that first moment that he saw her back in Sweetwater, we guessed that something would blossom between the two. And here she is in the camp with him. Jimmi Simpson plays this so well. It’s obvious in his every movement, every yearning glance that he’s torn. I think Will knows that he wants to be with her, but a part of him still feels that this is all wrong. The hosts are very much like humans, and I think a part of him worries about the concept of free will. Does she like him or is she programmed to like him? This hesitation is causing tension to rise immensely between William and Logan.
Their relationship has always been a rocky one, to say the least. And their difference in opinion about the hosts is huge. But Logan, as much of an ass (an amusing ass) as he may be, knows how the park works. “The park sent her so that you will finally have something to give a shit about,” he says, having a moment of clarity. William sarcastically brushes it off, joking that the people at the controls are monitoring his every mood. And Logan enlightens him, explaining that’s exactly how the park works. People come here for a vacation, it’s the park’s job to ensure that every guest gets what they desire, and I don’t think Will really understood that concept before now.
There’s also an interesting little exchange between them that doesn’t quite make sense yet. Logan talks about a company, and how they should “bump their stake in this place”. William then says that he thought this trip was about welcoming him into the family, not business. Logan then says, “With our family, William, everything is business.” There is definitely something we’re missing here. This goes a lot deeper than we had anticipated, and we see that even more so later in the episode.
We finally get to see Logan talk the talk. He definitely wasn’t overselling himself, he’s pretty talented with a gun. And he takes an eerie enjoyment in its thrill. We know that it hurts when a guest gets shot, but he literally does not flinch once. And I really have to applaud Ben Barnes’ acting, because there’s this moment when something flashes in his eyes. It’s a moment that makes you stop and think that he’s in this for more than just a fun ride. It’s no longer just fun, it’s business. It’s only for a second, but it’s enough to show how dangerous Logan could be, and it gave me chills.
Now here’s where things really get heated. They’ve captured a prisoner, and are on their way back to Sweetwater when Logan goes and shoots their guide out of nowhere (as he does) which obviously horrifies Dolores and angers William. It shows once more the difference between the two men. Will yells at him that he shot an innocent man, but Logan shrugs it off, saying he shot a robot. But it appears that he didn’t shoot him for no reason. The man they captured says something about his boss, a man named Alonso, an apparent easter egg and a ticket to the best ride in the park. It seems that Logan has had a plan all along.
Dolores stands up to Logan, but when he draws his gun she steps back. Their prisoner goes to make a move and Will steps in, drawing his gun. Logan gets super excited seeing that everyone’s getting into it, telling Will that they’ll each have one, referring to a host. Dolores comments that he’s disgusting, and he comes back with perhaps the best line ever. “Just an acquired taste. You’re gonna grow to love me.” He’s horrible, but he’s hilarious. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. The contrast between the lawful good Will and the chaotic neutral Logan is so beautifully balanced, it easily makes them two of the most enjoyable characters on the show. You never know what’s going to happen.
The last shot that we see is Logan riding off with their prisoner, but right now it’s unclear if Will and Dolores are going with them. From the looks of it, I’d say no, but I really hope that’s not the case! I really want to see this relationship continue!! Please, Westworld, don’t fail me!!
I can’t wait to see what happens next. As always, Sunday can’t come soon enough.
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