Westworld Season 2 Episode 5 (15)Westworld Season 2 Episode 5 (15)

What You Need to Know About “Akane No Mai”

By Marissa Blanchard

Maeve channels a new skill, Dolores’ mission gets personal and Karl Strand discovers something sinister at play with Delos’ data.

Maeve channels a new skill, Dolores’ mission gets personal and Karl Strand discovers something sinister at play with Delos’ data. Here’s what you need to know about Season 2 Episode 5, “Akane No Mai” to prep you for the next installment: Episode 6, “Phase Space.” For an extended recap, check out our full episode guide.

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    Maeve channels a new skill.

    Maeve, Hector, Lee, Armistice, Lutz and Sylvester find themselves held captive in Shogun World: a park adjacent to Westworld that’s based on Japan’s Edo period. It’s in this new world that Maeve discovers an untapped skill: the ability to non-verbally command hosts. Now armed with her new “voice,” she’s more powerful than ever.

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    Dolores channels full Wyatt.

    Dolores returns to Sweetwater with a mission — repair the train to rescue her father at the Mesa. Despite her affection for Teddy, Dolores doesn’t believe he will survive the impending battle. She orders a Delos tech to forcibly adjust Teddy’s characteristics without fear of the consequences.

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    Westworld hosts’ backups are gone.

    While doing damage control in the Mesa, tech Antoine Costa informs Karl Strand that a third of hosts have been wiped clean of data — it’s as if they never held data to begin with. And worse, “the Cradle” has been severely damaged: the hosts’ backups cannot be recovered.

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SYNOPSIS

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Maeve, Lee, Hector and Armistice have revelations in a new world. Dolores makes a decision about Teddy and Karl Strand discovers something sinister about the hosts.

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BEHIND THE SCENES

Creating Shogun World

“It was a production dream come true.” Lisa Joy, Thandie Newton, Rinko Kikuchi and more discuss the look, energy and creation of Shogun World. (Spoilers follow).

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