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Westworld Season 4: Olympiad Entertainment Explained

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Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for Westworld Season 4.From Delos to Insight, Westworld It’s full of shady companies dealing in the business of the human mind. So it’s not that different from our world. However, while a real-world company like Facebook might dabble in emotional manipulation or sell data to political agents, in the HBO series, things are a little more sophisticated. It plans to copy the entire human mind into AI, and Insight’s Rehaboam promises an eternally stable world by manipulating human life. Throw Olympiad Entertainment into the mix and you’re looking at a world where corporations hold not only people’s data and lives, but their very bodies and wills.

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Olympiad Entertainment made its debut with the first episode. Westworld Season 4. Following the time jump from Season 3’s battle with Rehoboam’s creator Engerraund Serac (Vincent Cassel) Original Dolores (Evan Rachel WoodIn a world freed from the rule of the god-like AI of Serac, Christina works as a writer for the game studio Olympiad Entertainment, writing stories for various NPCs. is creating But Christina’s world is not as free as she believes. Hobos on the street warn passers-by about the tower that controls their every move, and at least one man is convinced that Christina herself is responsible for the tragedy of his life. What seemed like paranoia quickly gains a new layer when Christina begins investigating what happens to her character when she finishes writing it. Later it became clear that there was more to Christina and Olympiad Entertainment than meets the eye. But what exactly is going on?

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To understand how the Olympiad works, let’s first look at another entertainment company. Westworld Universe: Destinations of Delos. The Delos subsidiary responsible for Westworld and other host-filled theme parks has been covertly collecting data directly from customers’ brains via the hats they are given when they arrive at their chosen destination. rice field. Delos’ excuse was that he was using all the information to better understand his customers, but the real goal was to create copies of the minds of selected guests and transfer them to the synthetic. The technique was first used in Season 2 with disastrous results: James Delos (Peter Mullan) After transferring his consciousness into the host’s body, due to the prototype’s lack of mental stability, he only faced eternal burning to death.

However, technology tends to improve over time if it continues to be used. Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) version of Dolores takes over for Delos by the end of season 3, the mind transfer technique is already perfected. In fact, Season 4 Halores has a host version of the Man in Black (Ed Harris) regained her position as CEO of Delos as her right-hand man. Their plan is to replace a major politician with a host, something the company is struggling with after the carnage in Season 2. Delos is given permission to open a new Prohibition-themed park. Or at least this is part of the iceberg you see above the water.

as usual Westworld, things are much more complicated than they seem, involving multiple timelines.The Halores’ true plan is to rule the world. At first, it seemed like season 4 was all about stopping her, but it turns out she had already won. In episodes 2 to 4, Maeve (Thandiwe Newton) and Caleb (Aaron Paul) Travel to the Golden Age Park to find out what’s really behind this new Delos Enterprise. They were unable to get out, but succeeded in revealing Hale’s true intentions. The park doubles as a façade and trial and error for her mind control scheme, including a laboratory-modified fly that infects a human host and secretes a black slime. their brain. This goop makes its human hosts susceptible to commands issued by machines behind the walls of the park. This is very similar to the tower that a hobo near Christina’s workplace drew in his paintings. At the end of episode 4, the show reveals that a larger version of the Tower already exists outside the park, controlling all human behavior around the world with a few notable exceptions. to

C (Aurora Perrineau) and Jay (Daniel Wu), was able to escape from Hale’s control. They are called outliers and are ruthlessly hunted down by hosts who use the human world as their private playground, just as humans once did to them.

And then there’s Christina. But judging by Episode 5, she’s a rare host who’s not human and unaware of her true nature.In “Zhuangzi,” Christina meets Teddy, Dolores’ Westworld lover, who changes her life. I’m going out on a second date with (James Marsden). He reveals to her that the stalker who accused her of ruining her life wasn’t crazy at all, but was 100% right. turned out to be living, breathing people instead of the usual knee-shooting NPCs. Olympiad Entertainment is not a game company, but is at least partially the originator of commands sent from Hale’s Tower. Hale himself and the other hosts can control human behavior through speech, but Christina’s story functions similarly to the loop the hosts once used to carry on with their day-to-day duties at the park. For example, she has two lonely women in a park who get to know each other before being forced to drop out. can return to loneliness. She is also able to control her boss’s decisions and her satisfaction with her own work. This suggests that the Olympiad has no other real employees. The company is just an illusion created by Hale to keep Christina from forgetting the nature of her own existence. Human race.

No wonder Hale, who has gone through all this trouble to keep Christina from knowing who and what she is, isn’t thrilled by her sudden change in behavior after dating Teddy. Alas, humanity’s new Host Overlord has more pressing issues to deal with right now. The host has begun to commit suicide, the number of outliers continues to grow, and perhaps most importantly she is bored. To get information about what she believes and to entertain herself, she created a torture chamber for Caleb’s consciousness. Making multiple copies of previous enemies and keeping them trapped inside the Olympiad building… fidelity test.

However, by the end of Episode 6, Hale seems tired of torturing Caleb. But even with Caleb out of the way, Hale still has a lot on her plate, and anxiety is literally eating into her skin. She finds time to deal with Christina. Or is Olympiad Entertainment ripe for a power shift?

Westworld It airs on Sundays on HBO. Episodes are available to stream on HBO Max.