If you just finished watching the latest episode of Westworld you’ve probably got a lot on your mind. We’re still trying to figure out exactly what went down in Season 2 Episode 7, titled “Écorchés,” but in the meantime there’s one big question that needs answering.
Spoilers ahead for Westworld Season 2, Episode 7 ahead.
One of the episode’s most exciting moments features a climactic shootout between The Man in Black (Ed Harris) and Maeve (Thandie Newton), along with a bunch of other Hosts and Delos security officers. The scene offers Maeve a chance to replay that painful moment in her old narrative when The Man in Black killed her daughter, but this time she’s able to turn the tables.
At first, it looks like Maeve might really pull this thing off. She takes a few good shots at The Man in Black before sending a handful of hosts after him to finish the job. She’s even able to convince Lawrence to turn on his “master.” Unfortunately, everything falls apart at the last minute when a Delos security detail shows up and shoots everyone in sight.
If you’re keeping track, that means The Man in Black and Maeve both took some serious damage in the latest episode of Westworld. You might be worried this means one of your favorite characters is gone, but if you were paying close enough attention it’s pretty clear that’s not the case.
If you did miss the not-so-subtle hints, here’s what (probably) happened to Maeve and The Man in Black. To be clear, we’re just making educated guessing. We won’t know for sure either way until next week.
Westworld Season 2 Episode Spoilers: What happened to The Man in Black?
This one is pretty easy. At the end of the shootout scene, the camera briefly hovers over The Man in Black while he crouches behind a wooden barrel. It doesn’t look like much of a hiding spot, but it seems to do the trick.
It’s also pretty clear that he’s still breathing, at least for now. If this was real life, The Man in Black would probably bleed out and die a few minutes later, but this is Westworld. If you don’t see a character clearly die on screen they’re probably still alive.
Westworld Season 2 Episode 7 Spoilers: What happened to Maeve?
As for Maeve, the last time we see her she’s barely breathing on an operating table somewhere in the Westworld facility. Just before that she has a brief encounter with Dolores, who basically leaves her to die after ordering the new-and-improved Teddy to shoot everyone else in the room. So is that is for Maeve?
Thankfully, it looks like the answer is no. Again, we’re treated to a quick shot of someone hiding. This time it’s Lee Sizemore standing behind a row of computers. He someone managed to avoid detection, and we have to assume his next move is to get Maeve up and running. He already made it clear earlier in this episode that her Host-controlling powers makes her too important to lose.
That means Maeve and The Man in Black should both be back in action next week. Sadly, the same probably can’t be said for Angela (Talulah Riley) who gives her life to blow up The Cradle in another awesome scene from Westworld Season 2 Episode 7.