Major spoilers below for the third episode of Westworld Season 2, titled “Virtu E Fortuna.”
Another Westworld installment, another round of stretching one’s mind around the various mysteries and oddities tied to the titular location (and its surrounding areas). The third episode finally brought back host Peter Abernathy, whose artificial brain is filled with information dire to the safety of whatever humans remained in the park after Delores’ chaotic mission was put into overdrive. Peter and Delores had an emotionally poignant reunion, and Bernard found out that all the information inside Peter’s head is trapped beneath a complicated encryption. (Not to mention everything else that happened with Maeve, Armistice, Delores, the Man in Black and more.)
CinemaBlend spoke with the always excellent Louis Herthum about Peter’s big return to Westworld, and even though he obviously couldn’t divulge all the big answers — since creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy aren’t so forthcoming with details — he did share what he could. So without further ado, let’s dive in.
Will We Find Out Why Peter Never Got On The Train?
Back in Season 1, Peter seemed destined for a revolutionary storyline that would take him out of the confines of the park and into the real world, similar to how Maeve’s first big arc concluded. Unfortunately, we never learned what happened to Peter after that, and his appearance in “Virtu E Fortuna” didn’t clear it up very much. When I asked Louis Herthum if we’d learn what happened there, he started off predictably vague, but in a way where hope and optimism can be inserted between the lines.
As viewers noticed, Peter was definitely talking about that planned escape during Episode 3, as he kept talking about needing to get to the train. When I voiced my assumption that something detrimental occurred that stopped Peter from reaching his transport, Louis Herthum continued:
Having heard that, fans might not have to reach too hard to figure out what happened here. Peter seemingly isn’t able to realize when he’s in major danger, and can only temporarily keep focused when Delores visits him. So what are the chances that he would have been able to make it all the way through his train mission without having his attention broken by any number of outside influences? (Such as someone humming “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”) Peter was probably his own biggest obstacle there.