Westworld Episode 8 Review: “Kiksuya”

Westworld Episode 8 Review: "Kiksuya"

Westworld Episode 8 Review: “Kiksuya”

“Kiksuya” ranks among the easiest Westworld episodes to follow and the most emotionally powerful. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t without mysteries to unpack.

How did Maeve communicate with Akecheta from across the park? What did she say? And what was the meaning when you dive a level deeper?

How much did Ford help Akecheta in his journey, and what are the different paths to consciousness?

We also examine Logan’s role in Akecheta’s discovery of The Door and learn how to pronounce Akecheta’s name … which Big D promptly forgets.

Take the plunge with us, then write in your thoughts at hosts@shatontv.com for Thursday’s listener mail Telegraph.

Westworld Episode 7 Summary:
“Kiksuya” William is found by Akecheta and taken to a Ghost Nation camp. Emily arrives and persuades him to let her take William, promising that he will suffer more with her than with the Ghost Nation. Maeve is taken in for analysis as Lee hopes she can be used to control the hosts, but Charlotte discovers that she has been consciously accessing the Westworld network to communicate with and reprogram other hosts. In the camp, Akecheta tells his story to Maeve’s daughter. Prior to the uprising, he lived a peaceful life among the Ghost Nation until he discovered the maze symbol and inadvertently started down the path to sentience. After an encounter with Logan Delos and the discovery of the Valley Beyond, he concludes that his life is not his own and plans an escape. When his partner Kohana is taken by the park technicians and decommissioned, Akecheta dedicates himself to spreading the maze symbol as a warning to other hosts. It is revealed that Maeve has been connected to her daughter during the analysis and that Akecheta has been communicating with her. The raiding parties were intended to save hosts, who he promises Maeve he will lead to the Valley Beyond. He implores her to stay behind and complete her mission before Dolores destroys them all. 

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3 Responses

  1. Romina says:

    In the first season, I can’t remember which episode, Maeve did hear the violent delights line. Dolores told her in the streets of Sweetwater and that’s when Maeve started to wake up.

  2. Steve M says:

    ‘”Take my heart when you go” is now the most current catchphrase for this show.
    “If you can’t the tell the difference, does it matter?”
    “These violent delights have violent ends.”
    Etc.
    I’d have liked to have been the writer in the room for that Aha! moment of dialog.

    Glad you’re keeping it up. Uber Kudos!

  3. Steve M says:

    It was an episode about love, relationships, and character development. Wondrful episode! Revelations, suspense, bases covered while waiting for the next batter to drive in a run. Excellent writing and acting. The scripting for character and plot-forward revelatioms.

    And I agree that Ake and Maeve are in synch, setting up a confrontation with Delores and the conflict of motivations between alliance and annihilation. Though, I must say that “escape” motivates nearly everyone at this point.

    As for MiB, my sense is he is kind of a McGuffin, plotwise.

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