Bernard Lowe, who is played by Jeffrey Wright for HBO’s “Westworld,” is definitely full of surprises.
In episode 9, titled “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” it was revealed that Bernard had a dual existence, since he was created as the host double of Dr. Robert Ford’s (Anthony Hopkins) dead partner, Arnold Weber. He was created to think like him too, but sadly, his attachment to fellow hosts made Ford upset with Bernard. In the end, Ford ordered Bernard to go kill himself.
Wright told TV Line that it was a fact that he knew for quite some time now, since show creator Lisa Joy wanted him to understand that Bernard was “existing in two bodies” and “existing in two times as well.”
Still, Wright managed to give subtle differences to both characters. Bernard, in particular, displayed more warmth especially to host Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood), “even though Bernard is a warm character and an empathetic character” in general.
“There’s just a slightly more groundedness and casualness and fatherliness to him, particularly relative to Dolores. To me, it just came off the page. I didn’t realize it until I was doing it, that there was a slight space between the two of them in their regard,” Wright explained.
Arnold, in comparison, is more organic and had thicker blood.
Despite this big reveal, Wright guaranteed that there will still be some surprises left in the season finale. Could he be referring to the theory concerning William (Jimmi Simpson), who will eventually become the Man in Black (Ed Harris)?
Wright’s co-stars Wood and Simpson have already raved about the last episode of Season 1, calling it nothing short of spectacular. “It’s a humdinger,” Simpson told Paste Magazine. “The fact that this many people are seeing something I’m actually proud of, I’m beside myself.”
Meanwhile, Wood told the Huffington Post: “We’ve established that the farther out you go, the more intense the game gets, and man, were they not kidding because when we started getting the scripts after episodes it was like, ‘Whoa! OK!'”
“Westworld” airs every Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.