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As the world falls into chaos, Serac gains control of Delos, changing Charlotte's plan; Maeve gets one last chance to stop Dolores; William starts his therapy.


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  • Abusive Parents: William has convinced himself that his father was this, but seems he was actually hard on him because of William's own Troubling Unchildlike Behavior.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Serac takes over Delos when he stops the company going private by killing Brompton. To drive the point home, all the Delos logos on screens are replaced with Incite logos.
  • Artistic License – Gun Safety: When one of Serac's goons unloads Host Charlotte's pistol, he only removes the magazine. He does not pull back the slide to check if the chamber is empty. Since Host Charlotte shoots the Serac hologram without racking the slide after reinserting the magazine, that means the gun was loaded the whole time.
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  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted to extreme detail. When Host Charlotte crawls out of the wreckage of her destroyed car, she is almost unrecognizable due to the scars and burns all over her body. The camera has to linger on her face to allow the audience to actually figure out that it is her.
  • Becoming the Mask: Host Charlotte genuinely cares for her family, and she admits to Dolores that she can feel herself slipping away from her true self.
  • Big "NO!": Performed by Maeve in slow motion after Hector gets killed by Halores.
  • Board to Death: After having her cover blown by Serac, Host Charlotte kills the board and some of his goons with a canister of lethal gas she brought to the meeting from her office safe. Serac himself is smart enough to not be physically present, communicating via hologram.
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  • Bottomless Magazines: When Host Charlotte takes a pistol out of the safe in her office she does not take any spare magazines. During her escape from Delos she fires, at a minimum, 14 shots out of a pistol that has a magazine capacity of 13 rounds plus 1 in the chamber (which she must have had as she shot at the Serac hologram without racking the slide when she put the magazine back in the gun). The pistol should have locked open on the empty magazine when she shot one of the security guards as she finally got outside of the building, right before the riot control robot burst through the doors. Given the amount of shooting Host Charlotte did in her escape, she probably ran out of ammo several scenes before then.
  • The Bus Came Back: Zigzagged: the group therapy session with different versions of William from throughout his life allows for the return of Jimmi Simpson, who starred as Young!William in Season 1. However, since he and Ed Harris share the role, the character never left.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Host Charlotte uses the riot control drone she was shown several episodes ago to aid in her escape, turning it on the guards when she's cornered.
  • Cloning Blues: Host Charlotte tells Dolores that she's worried about her family being targeted by Serac. Dolores tells her they're not really her family, but Host Charlotte is still conflicted. The Dolores that was Martin, likewise, admits that she and the real Dolores have drifted apart.
  • Deader Than Dead: Host Charlotte destroys Hector's host pearl, making it impossible for Maeve to bring him back.
  • Driven to Suicide: William's therapist hangs herself in her office after receiving her Incite profile and having her husband leave her with their children after it revealed her affairs with her patients.
  • Elevator Action Sequence: Host Charlotte has to kill a guard in an elevator after she's exposed as a host.
  • External Combustion: Host Charlotte's getaway car gets blown up. She survives since she's a host (albeit badly burned), but her family is killed.
  • Godiva Hair: Used to keep Dolores's nakedness in check when she is interviewed by Maeve.
  • Hired to Hunt Yourself: Serac orders Halores to find the Dolores mole amongst the staff, probably only to toy with her.
  • Hologram Projection Imperfection: Serac's projection at the board meeting is flawless until Halores's bullet hits it at which point it flickers swiftly.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The guards with automatic weapons only manage to shoot Host Charlotte once, though admittedly they are trying to take her alive.
  • Internal Reveal: Serac exposes "Charlotte" to be Dolores in a host body in front of the board. But then she uses poison gas to kill them all. Serac survives because he's present only through a hologram.
  • I Want Them Alive: Serac orders his men to capture Host Charlotte alive.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While James Delos isn't exactly a saint himself, he's not wrong when he reminds William that his repeated abuse of Dolores largely contributed to her wanting to destroy humanity.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Halores is busy talking when her car explodes. Subverted by the fact that she survives the assassination attempt.
  • Kill It with Fire: Serac has the hosts at Westworld burned after extracting Maeve's allies.
  • Let No Crisis Go to Waste: Serac has become even more brazen in his assassinations because of the chaos Dolores created, making it easy to pass off targeted killings as random violence.
  • Man Bites Man: William bites one of the orderlies' fingers off.
  • Mook Horror Show: Host Charlotte activates the riot control bot and escapes while the robot goes on a rampage through Delos HQ, tossing and crushing security guards left and right.
  • My Past Selves and Me: William's AR therapy eventually leads him to have a group therapy session (hosted by Jim Delos) with different versions of himself at different stages of life. William beats them all to death (save Delos) to escape his own past.
  • Neck Snap: Host Charlotte snaps Bantham's neck to keep him from telling Serac that she copied the host creation data before destroying it.
  • No-Sell: Host Charlotte tries to shoot Serac after killing the board, but he was only there as a hologram.
  • Obligatory Earpiece Touch: When the guard at the elevator reaches up to his ear to receive intel on Halores standing next to him. Cue the Elevator Action Sequence.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: When William's blood gets scanned at the AR center, the display starts to glitch indicating Halores' virus activating.
  • One-Man Army: Maeve takes out a whole squad of German soldiers in the simulation as practice for the real world.
  • Perception Filter: Sizemore reprogrammed the Warworld bar simulation to make himself invisible to the staff and patrons.
  • Screw Destiny: Charlotte's ex decides not to read the profile of his future, wanting to decide that on his own with Charlotte.
  • Spotting the Thread: Serac claims that the real Charlotte would never have cared so much for her family, although the real Charlotte's Video Will seems to put this in question.
  • That's What I Would Do: Connels!Dolores is not privy to the full scope of her prime self's plans, but they're similar enough that she guesses Dolores would have anticipated Maeve's interference and made contingency plans. Sure enough, Charlotte!Dolores shows up and tries to destroy Maeve's pearl, though she only gets as far as crushing Hector's before the guards drive her off.
  • Trailers Always Lie: The scene of Serac with Caleb doesn't appear in the episode.
  • Trojan Horse: Charlotte slipped a virus package into William's blood, designed to activate as soon as the AR therapy wing scanned a sample. This allows her to locate the main processing facility and relay its location to Dolores.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: After completing Dolores's mission of extracting the Host manufacturing data from Delos and narrowly escaping from Serac's men, Host!Charlotte leaves the city with her family but then her car explodes. She survives but her husband and son are killed by, presumably, one of Serac's men, leaving her in grief.

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