In the premiere, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), who’s going by the alias Lara Espen, is shown Rehoboam, a large system contained within Incite’s — a new company introduced in this episode — offices. Incite’s head and “Lara’s” apparent boyfriend Liam Dempsey Jr. (new character John Gallagher Jr.) explains it’s a system constantly strategizing and was meant to chart courses for everyone. While this may not be an exact answer, perhaps the Bible could foreshadow what’s in store for Rehoboam? In the Bible, Rehoboam was Solomon’s son and the King of Judah. After an uprising from various tribes wishing to be led by Jeroboam, Rehoboam was left with half of the kingdom to rule. This could hint at Dolores’ role as a new Jeroboam — the opposition of Rehoboam.
Who is Francis?
We caught glimpses at Caleb’s (Aaron Paul) friend Francis (Scott Mescudi, a.k.a. Kid Cudi) via brief flashes of Paul’s memories. At first, it seems like Caleb’s receiving calls from Francis, but different dialogue and visuals indicate that Francis is actually dead. He bleeds out in one of the flashbacks, and Caleb mentions how he wishes Francis had been able to make it to “this world.” Needless to say, we need some answers about Francis, where he died and more.
Which Host is Hale?
Viewers were made aware that the human Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) was no longer around by Season 2’s end, but now we’re left to wonder which host is inside her lookalike who is attending Delos board meetings. It’s hard to imagine it’s Teddy (James Marsden), as his consciousness was uploaded to the Valley Beyond in Season 2, but we don’t know which other hosts Dolores would trust enough to infiltrate the company responsible for Westworld. Hopefully some more insight on this matter will be given.
Will Bernard Find What He’s Looking for?
In the episode’s final moments, we see Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) board a boat in an attempt to return to Westworld. It is mentioned that in order to take down Dolores, he’ll need more than just himself. In the teaser for the next episode, it’s hinted that he’s looking for Maeve (Thandie Newton), but will he have success? Or will more recruits be required?
Why Are the Opening Credits Red?
In the opening title sequence, the show’s usual black-and-white color scheme transforms to red-and-white in the final shot. Will this be significant for the season? Perhaps the red is a sign of bloodier times to come?
Where Else Will the Action Take Us?
In this episode, viewers visited Bei Hai in China, London, and Los Angeles, as the scope of Westworld widened. Will we be whisked away to other parts of the globe and will there be an explanation for the current state of the globe? One noteworthy detail was the fact that London wasn’t labeled as being part of the U.K, but instead part of the U.R.E.W. The location definitely hints that fans have a lot to learn about the new world they’ve found themselves in for Season 3.
[Warning: This gallery contains MAJOR spoilers for Season 3, Episode 1 of Westworld, "Parce Domine."]
Westworldreturned with its third season on Sunday night, giving viewers a glimpse at the "real world" outside of the parks and the hosts now operating in it.
Set in 2058, the action kicked off with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) taking action against a shareholder of Delos' parks. But it doesn't take long for Aaron Paul's introduction into the story as viewers met Caleb — a down on his luck everyman with some peculiar ways of making money.
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From the technical aspects to the characters' motivations, there was plenty to leave viewers perplexed in the first episode. We're taking a look at some of the premiere's biggest questions in the gallery above, but beware of spoilers and don't forget to tune in each Sunday for more clues into the show's latest puzzles.