Part of the fun with any new episode of Westworld is trying to see if you can figure out what song is getting an old-timey piano cover each week. The third episode of the HBO show’s sophomore season, “Virtù e Fortuna” (“virtue and fortune” in Italian) does something different. This time, it’s not a piano cover, it’s a sitar cover, because we’re in a whole new park.
This post contains spoilers for Westworld Season 2, Episode 3.
The episode opens on a Delos park we’ve never seen before. It’s not Shogun World (though we get a hint of that at the end of the episode), but a park that appears to be based on colonial India. It’s a place where guest come to be pampered and hunt dangerous game, like the escaped Bengal tiger that we saw washed up on the shore in Westworld back in the season premiere. As a mysterious new character, Grace (Katja Herbers) narrowly escapes death, but not before she sleeps with another guest to the tune of a very recognizable bassline.
It’s the White Stripe’s “Seven Nation Army,” the lead single fro the group’s 2003 album Elephant. In addition to being a pretty sweet song, “Seven Nation Army” is pretty on-the-nose, which seems to be Westworld’s M.O. when it comes to these covers. Here’s how the lyrics begin:
I’m gonna fight ‘em all / A seven nation army couldn’t hold me back / They’re gonna rip it off / Taking their time right behind my back
Given that one of the main plot lines of this episode was Dolores recruiting and, ultimately, coldly sacrificing an army in order to defeat the Westworld security team, a song about an unstoppable, violent drive is pretty fitting.
Unlike last week’s covered artist, Kanye West, Jack White hasn’t done anything upsetting or problematic in the past week, so maybe this one’s a little easier to listen to.
New episodes of Westworld air on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern on HBO.