Jeffrey Wright and Luke Hemsworth were in a joking mood as they sat down latestpagenews.com to talk about their characters Bernard Lowe and Ashley Stubbs.
western world may not always be the easiest show to understand, especially when there are time jumps like between seasons 3 and 4, but the actors are more than happy to fill in the blanks themselves with hilarious scenarios that somehow still seem perfectly plausible.
Wright and Hemsworth, who have starred on the HBO show since its first season, shared their favorite wild theories they came up with for the hosts to explain what’s been happening to them since they were last seen by fans.
Wright and Hemsworth only appear in season 4 in the third episode where Bernard wakes up from The Sublime after going through all possible scenarios to learn which one will save humanity from utter chaos.
While Bernard was doing this, Stubbs kept a close eye on him, per his protocol, which the former changed in Season 3 to mean his fellow host protects him at all costs.
But several years have passed between the two seasons, which begs the question of what Stubbs has been doing to entertain in all that time, and both actors admitted they had come up with their own theories.
“Stub [was] just doing pushups, you know,” joked Hemsworth. “Stubbs is interesting, his journey into consciousness I think was a different journey than everyone else’s and he … I think he was content up to that point, you know, to kind of go along with it, go with the flow, but it’s starting to finally change, and he feels the frustration of being kept in the dark as much as he does.
“So it’s cool to play with it a bit and expand this ever-expanding universe that we’re in. Yeah, he didn’t have the quick awakening that everyone else seems to have.”
Wright, who could barely contain his laughter, added to Hemsworth’s earlier joke by saying, “We’d talk a little bit about Stubbs while Bernard, you know, breaks loose and heads off to The Sublime. [we said] that Stubbs was like an NPC, sort of on that very limited loop around the hotel room.
“Maybe go outside to check the car, open the door, close the door, come back, hop on the wall, get in the tub for a beer, do this round for…years!”
“It was a pretty cool picture, I thought,” Wright added as Hemsworth laughed next to him, before quipping, “I just wanted a little basketball hoop [on set] and a pile of crumpled paper about two meters high!”
Bernard’s journey with Stubbs gets interesting in Season 4, as his experience in The Sublime means he’s already experienced every version of events and can accurately predict what’s going to happen and when.
His desire to save humanity from destruction also means he must attempt to trigger a series of events in a specific order, thereby creating the future where everyone survives whatever Season 4 throws at them.
Reflecting on Bernard’s psychic nature in the new episodes of the series, Wright shared News Week: “Well, I think Bernard has updated the software and is evolving towards more independence, more freedom, more clarity, and I think that’s timely for Bernard because he’s spent a lot of previous seasons a little in the dark or in the shadows.
“He’s extremely clear now… However, I think his powers are limited and probably even some strains that come with that, so it’s still a process for him and a delicate journey.
“And ultimately I think in a way he’s still on the same journey that he was on [since Season 1] and that’s a journey towards freedom for himself and for his fellow hosts and to an extent for the other “hosts” in Westworld, that’s the people, because there’s kind of blurry lines between them, blurry lines within the show and blurry ones lines outside the show.
“Our show is becoming more and more a show about the world we live in, so Bernard just took on the task of trying to free everyone. That’s all, just a little something to do.”
His quest to do just that brings him face-to-face with a new mysterious character named C (Aurora Perrineau).
As might be expected, Wright is adept at not revealing spoilers, and when asked what fans can expect from Bernard and Stubbs’ time with the new character, the actor simply said, “Well, here we go a little journey of discovery in the heart of Westworld.”
Westworld Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and is available to stream on HBO Max.