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Westworld | Season 2 Episode 3 Recap: “Virtù e Fortuna”

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Westworld | Season 2 Episode 3 Recap: “Virtù e Fortuna”

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Welcome back to “Welcome to Westworld,” from your friendly neighborhood hosts Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Jo Garfein (@jopinionated). This week, we’re digging into “Virtù e Fortuna,” the third episode of season two, filled with unexpected park detours and action sequences aplenty. Who is the park’s newest guest? Jo has a theory! What does “The Raj” really mean? Jo has a theory on that front, too! Non-stop madness and Atomic Blonde appreciation abound in the podcast ahead.
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  • CamPT

    Love your analysis and theories Jo. Great podcasting guys.

  • Mark Dean

    I wonder if we will see any focus on the gender identity and sexuality of Wyatt. If we are to assume Wyatt was intended to be a het cis man and Dolores a cis het woman, wouldn’t that programming carry over to Delores in some way? With the way the show has started commenting more on social issues (the shift towards women hosts & people of color holding the power, male nudity) I wouldn’t be too surprised to see such a plot come up. Wyatt and Angela romance? It would make sense with Dolores being more morally aligned with Angela, choosing her over Teddy. Maybe Angela saves Dolores from Teddy when he turns on her.

    That’s rabbit hole I dont expect to actually go down, but I do wonder if we will see anything about gender or sexuality come up for the hosts. They must all be programmed to have sex with any gender host, but does that also reflect in their attractions? Can Maeve turn on and off attraction to women?

    • TrentC

      That’s a very interesting question. Sometimes I consider the hosts in Westworld similar to the cylons in Battlestar Galactica. Essentially the cylons were downloading the same existing consciousness into new copies. The Westworld hosts are being downloaded as well for every new incarnation. Difference being some of their select, older memories are being wiped each time they are repaired and reset.

      So if a new consciousness like Wyatt appears within Dolores, is part of his sexual programming overlapping, being hidden, or becoming dominant during the change? I think it would be cool to see the two aspects fight or develop an internal conflict.

      Same way if Robert Ford appears in Clementine or Lazlo’s daughter, does his consciousness ‘overprint’ the existing host, right down to his sexual wants and needs? Maybe that’s a bad example because of Ford’s importance and position in the story.

      I would assume Maeve was already programmed to interact with all types because of her job as a prostitute? There’s probably a setting for attraction on those little host iPads.