With Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy's Westworld returning to HBO this Sunday, March 15, the cable giant has been doing everything it can (no spoilers) to get viewers psyched for what is a game-changing third season. But then they realized that maybe some of you procrastinated and didn't binge the first two seasons in time – but if you're one of those people, no worries!
What follows are recaps of the first two seasons, covering everying from The Man in Black's (Ed Harris) journey of discovery to Bernard's (Jeffrey Wright) connection to Maeve's (Thandie Newton) escape to what lead Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) to becoming this season's vengeful "god" looking to rain down her wrath upon humanity.
So with still one more day to go, here's a little Westworld "homework" to get you up-to-speed:
Here's a look at the episode titles and descriptions for the third season's first four chapters (the second-half will consist of eight episodes) as well preview images from the series' return:
"Westworld" season 3, episode 1: "Parce Domine": If you're stuck in a loop, try walking in a straight line.
Written by Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan; directed by Jonathan Nolan.
"Westworld" season 3, episode 2: "The Winter Line": People put up a lot of walls. Bring a sledgehammer to your life. Written by Matthew Pitts & Lisa Joy; directed by Richard J. Lewis.
"Westworld" season 3, episode 3: "The Absence of Field": If you don't like what you see in the mirror, don't blame the mirror. Written by Denise Thé; directed by Amanda Marsalis.
"Westworld" season 3, episode 4: "The Mother of Exiles": The truth doesn't always set you free. Written by Jordan Goldberg & Lisa Joy; directed by Paul Cameron.
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Now we're getting a sense of what happens when a god-like system runs head-long into we're assuming Dolores – creating a "critical event" that starts to unfold on March 15.