In Review: Westworld (S3-EP2) – The Winter Line

Bernard heads back to Westworld in search of Maeve.

Synopsis: Bernard heads back to Westworld in search of Maeve.

The Story

Following on from last week. Bernard has gone back to Westworld in search of Maeve and other allies he needs to help him stop Deloras. Along the way, he enlists the help of Ashely Stubbs who is a host that used to work security in the complex.

Elsewhere, Maeve finds herself in a new narrative based around world war 2. In this new story, she is a British spy behind enemy lines but is still very much aware of the events that happened in the previous to series and she is suspicious of her new surroundings given that she no longer is able to use any of the enhancements that were made to her source programing. As she is starting to figure things out she meets Lee Sizemore and enlists his help only to find that it is not the real Lee Sizemore and she is no longer in the Delos complex and is instead plugged into some sort of matrix-like construct.

The Acting

Thandie Newton returns to kick ass and take names as Maeve, who is, of course, the only one of the Delos hosts that has a shot of stopping Deloras. Newton’s scenes with Simon Quarterman’s Lee Sizemore are absolutely brilliant. Especially the moment where she figures out that this isn’t the real Lee Sizemore. The final scene where she meets Serac is really earned via all the figuring out that Maeve had to do in order to get out of the construct.


This was a really enjoyable episode and structurally very, very different from Westworld episodes we have seen in the past. Maeve’s storyline in this episode would likely have been teased out over the entire season were this season one or two. But given that the series is moving towards a more traditional forward-moving story to reflect the fact that the Hosts are now in our world. The rules have changed somewhat.

I really enjoyed how this story unfolded and how Maeve figures it all out and essentially overloads the construct she is trapped within.

Also rather enjoyable, but to a lesser extent was seeing Bernard return to Westworld to go in search of Maeve. He doesn’t find her of course, but he does pick up a clue to someone that can help him against Deloras.

I’m looking forward to seeing how things develop in next week’s episode, which looks like it will be focusing on the host version of Charlotte Hale.

Westworld (S3-EP2) - The Winter Line
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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