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‘Westworld’ Star Evan Rachel Wood on the ‘Digital War’ at the Heart of Season 3



Netflix, however all over the place, and evil: That’s the chilling thought on the middle of the third season of “Westworld.”

As star Evan Rachel Wooden defined throughout a dwell interview on the “Selection After-Present” — streamed by way of Selection‘s Instagram account after the third episode of “Westworld” aired on HBO — her sentient robotic character Dolores now is aware of what she’s up in opposition to as she’s continued her daring exploration of the actual world exterior of the park: A large synthetic intelligence known as Rehoboam that controls nearly every part.

“While you signal onto Netflix, it’s says, ‘Oh, you watched this present, you’ll most likely like this present and this present,’ and you then begin watching these reveals,” Wooden mentioned. “However then after some time, you go, properly, do I actually like these reveals, or am I simply watching them as a result of the algorithm informed me that I would love them? Think about that, but it surely runs your complete world.”

In Episode 3, “The Absence of Subject,” Dolores explains the machinations of Rehoboam to Jacob (Aaron Paul), a human development employee who rescued an injured Dolores on the finish of Episode 1. Dolores explains to Jacob that Rehoboam has already mapped out his complete life together with his (apparently) eventual suicide, so it blocked his efforts to rise to the next station.

“Think about this digital path that all of us go away: Emails, telephone calls, every part you want, every part you dislike, every part you retweet, every part you search on Google, the folks that you simply converse to — think about if all that was compiled,” Wooden mentioned. “Think about if they only took all of that knowledge they usually simply put it into a giant machine, and will decide what your subsequent transfer was going to be, or what decisions you had been most likely going to make, and sooner or later they had been in a position to do this to the purpose the place they may decide the way you had been going to die and the way you had been going to dwell your life. The system may then decide who they need to spend money on, and who they don’t need to spend money on.”

Wooden mentioned that engaged on “Westworld” “has actually opened my eyes to a lot” to the methods present expertise may unfold in a path just like the merciless dystopia depicted on the present.

“We’re form of already residing in that form of world, that is only a deeper look into what occurs when all the info accumulating goes unchecked and it turns into this digital warfare that we’re already in,” Wooden mentioned.

With a lot of the present now confronting questions extra instantly related to the actual world, Wooden mentioned she was unhappy to go away the Wild West setting of the primary two seasons of the present.

“I miss the grime,” she mentioned. “I miss the horses.”

However when one fan on Instagram requested through the Q&A portion of the “After-Present” if Season of three of “Westworld” would go to any extra new areas of the park, Wooden couldn’t assist however provide one of many present’s trademark cryptic teases.

“I imply,” she mentioned with a smile, “we don’t know that we aren’t seeing one proper now.”

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