Anyway I love the main character Luke Garroway played by the lovely main cast member Isaiah Mustafa. Luke Garroway (main character) looks so good in the posters of the main characters. What did we do to deserve the main character, Luke Garroway, let alone the beautiful man who plays him, Isaiah Mustafa (main cast)?
'Westworld' Star Evan Rachel Wood Talks "Evil" Dolores Twist, Season 2
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for the season one finale of HBO’s Westworld.]
Before Westworld became the Internet’s favorite water-cooler conversation, its theories as thoroughly dissected as the livestock butchers working on their hosts (an admittedly lopsided comparison skewing in the web’s favor), there was the original fan — and she’s also the original host.
Evan Rachel Wood not only stars in Westworld as the deeply driven Dolores, she’s also among the show’s very first theorists, according to many of her colleagues, and even according to the actress herself.
“After work, I would just sit and think about the show and try to figure it out,” she told The Hollywood Reporter during an interview Monday. “Out of my thousands of theories, I got a few right.”
Wood can relate to the masses of Westworld fans who feverishly worked to piece the puzzle together all through the season, having done so herself while on set. And indeed, Wood managed to correctly guess a few major twists, including one that involved her own character. It’s not just William (Jimmi Simpson) and the Man in Black (Ed Harris) who share an identity, as revealed in the season finale; Dolores and the mysterious villain Wyatt are one and the same as well — though to hear Wood tell it, there’s very little Dolores left these days.
Read on for Wood’s reflections on the finale, her thoughts on Wyatt’s Dolores takeover, the intense pressure that comes with holding a gun against Anthony Hopkins’ head, the show’s expansion into Samurai territory and beyond, as well as several of her own theories about the second season.
For what it’s worth, this interview is taking place right as I’m watching the finale for a third time. I paused before you started beating up Ed Harris.
I have watched it over 10 times. I can’t stop. I’m obsessed. It’s really good. It blew me away. It was better than I expected. When I read the script, it was one of the most beautiful pieces of writing I had ever had in my hands. I couldn’t believe how good it was.
It’s a very active episode for you. We learn a lot about Dolores. We learn that she’s Wyatt, for instance. She kills Ford (Anthony Hopkins) at the end. The list goes on. What was your first reaction when you read the script and learned the scope of Dolores’ arc?
Well, I had my suspicions. It was hilarious. While we filmed the first season, we didn’t know our character arcs. I would be instructed to be “dark and menacing” in weird moments, and I can understand why. I thought nothing of it. I thought it was part of Dolores waking up. Then they introduced this looming character of Wyatt, and I kept asking people on the set: “Have we cast him yet? When is he going to show up? Who’s playing him? Who’s Wyatt?” I went and looked everywhere, turned over every stone, and came up with nothing — and then I realized I hadn’t turned over mine. I looked everywhere else, and figured it had to be me. So I asked [co-creator Jonathan Nolan] and he laughed and walked away. It wasn’t confirmed until the [finale], and I was so excited. I thought it was a genius move on their part. This whole season, she’s been going through this Jekyl and Hyde thing. We’ve seen Wyatt poke his head out at multiple times. When she slashes Logan’s (Ben Barnes) face, or during her last speech to Ed Harris; halfway through, her voice shifts and the eyes get darker. That’s totally Wyatt.
What are some of the differences in how you approach the two characters of Dolores and Wyatt?
It’s funny. I kind of had to play five different characters. There’s Dolores the character; there’s Dolores analysis, when they’re able to talk to the characters in an office; there’s straight analysis mode; then there’s Wyatt; and then there’s Dolores’ subconscious. Dolores’ subconscious, I didn’t realize that’s what it was when I was playing it. They just kind of instructed me on the vibe. I thought I would just play this like Ford. I would make my subconscious as close to Ford as I can. (Laughs.) Not that that’s how it was supposed to be, but as an actor, that’s just what I did!
He’s a guy that loves to a point that it puts him in danger. He’s just a guy who loves, especially his best friend, Frank—he loves him so much that he’s willing to put himself on the line to save this guy.