HBO’s ‘Westworld’ Showcases Female Empowerment In A Revolutionary Finale
Last night was the much anticipated season finale of HBO’s Westworld, a sci-fi sensation that has rocketed to the top of HBO’s hot list. If you haven’t seen it, here is a brief run-down: An adult amusement park designed to model the Old West allows for guests to come in and live out their wildest fantasies with Western-themed androids, referred to as “hosts.” These hosts constantly re-live their personally assigned “narrative loop,” which often involves being raped or murdered to gratify a guest, and are unaware that their entire reality is actually a controlled and constructed lie.
Although the show has been criticized for depicting violence against women and including excessive nudity, Westworld depicts some of the fiercest female characters on television. Women of power absolutely dominate the show, whether they are badass females on the executive board or rebelling female androids that are sick of playing damsel and whore.
In the series finale, we witness an android rebellion that is primarily carried out by the women hosts within Westworld. Maeve (Thandie Newton), the madam of Sweetwater, goes completely rogue and carries out an insane mission to escape the confines of the park. Trailed by her loyal two-person army, which also includes the lady gunslinger Armistice (Ingrid Bolso Berdal), Maeve has no reservations gunning down security and taking fate into her own synthetic hands.
While Maeve is wreaking havoc in the halls of headquarters, the main female protagonist of the show, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), is culminating her own self-awareness into the start of an android revolt from within the park. She instigates a human massacre while an army of previously stored away hosts emerges from the surrounding forest to follow her lead.
These two women are literally the leaders of a revolution. They are the most sentient hosts in Westworld, possessing a dangerous combination of intelligence and unwavering resolution, which has propelled their characters into roles of leadership and transformation. It doesn’t get more empowering than that.
As women, rallying behind these fearless trailblazers has been an exciting and emboldening journey. It’s safe to say that next season, we will see these badass babes take on even stronger roles and achieve even grander ambitions.