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‘Westworld’ Season 2 Premiere Review: ‘Journey Into Night’ Draws Us Back Into the Compelling Mysteries With a Bloodbath

‘Westworld’ Season 2 Premiere Review: ‘Journey Into Night’ Draws Us Back Into the Compelling Mysteries With a Bloodbath

[Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers for “Westworld” Season 2, Episode 1, “Journey Into Night.”]

Programming Update

A good “Westworld” theory today can easily be a big “Westworld” spoiler tomorrow, as fans of the show know. But while critics were provided with the first five episodes of the season by HBO, these weekly reviews will not be influenced by future knowledge of what’s to come, because they’re being written by someone who hasn’t seen beyond each week’s episode.

We’re all on the same page, friend. Saddle up for a hell of a ride.

Diagnostic Report

Season 2 opens with the mirror of the opening of Season 1 — Bernard telling Dolores about his dream, as opposed to the other way around. Timeline-wise, this scene is a bit nebulous (much like the similar Arnold/Bernard and Dolores scenes were in Season 1), but does continue the show’s ongoing engagement with the nature of reality, in the context of

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