west world Season 4 was full of surprises, shocking revelations and betrayals, and the sixth episode of the show is no different, with all of the above applying to Daniel Wu and Aurora Perrineau’s characters, Jay and C, respectively.
Wu spoke to News week about the latest revelation in episode 6 of the HBO show, where he shares his “hope” for his character’s future.
Warning: This article contains spoilers for ‘Westworld’ Season 4 Episode 6
‘Westworld’ Season 4’s Daniel Wu Talks Episode 6 Plot Twist
Wu’s character Jay was as much of a mystery as Perrineau’s C was, until it was revealed in Episode 4 that she really was Frankie, the daughter of Caleb Nichols (Aaron Paul), all grown up.
Episode 6 puts Wu’s Jay in the spotlight and reveals his motivations for joining the rebel group fighting Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) and her plan to enslave all of humanity, including Outliers like him and C.
Unfortunately, in the latest episode, it is revealed that during the rescue mission to rescue an Outlier in episode 5, Jay was ambushed and killed by a host copy of himself, who then infiltrates the group and tries to prevent C from waking Maeve Millay (Thandiwe Newton).
Wu told News week he found Jay’s character “really interesting” and that he wasn’t quite sure how things would turn out for him until episode 4, when he was told that Jay was going to be a host.
Before then co-creator Lisa Joy, with whom he collaborated Reminder, had only told him she’d written a part about a rebel leader she thought would be perfect for him.
“I thought it was really interesting because when I signed up, all I was told was that he’s the rebel leader of a group of Outliers,” Wu said. “He’s had a traumatic experience with… [the] the loss of his brother at the hands of the hosts has turned him into an angry man trying to find freedom in this world where they are controlled, and protect these Outliers.
“And that’s all I knew at first and when we were filming I think Episode 4, […] I found out I was going to be a host, and that threw everything out the window. Like, “Hey, okay. I wish I knew that sooner.’
“But in hindsight, I’m fine with not knowing before, because you don’t want to predict too much what’s going to happen to the character.
“That’s the nice thing about working for TV, sometimes you never know what’s going to happen to your character, or what’s going to happen to the storyline, and that’s exactly what happened.”
On Jay’s betrayal and his hopes for the character’s future
Although Wu knew that his character would become a host, he was not told that this would mean that his character would betray C.
“I didn’t know it was going to be a betrayal, I was only told ‘okay, you’re going to host,’ and when I saw the script, I thought, ‘Ooh, this is juicy,'” Wu said. “Because this couple, too though he says ‘never call me brother’ they are like a family you know they have been together for many years.
“You see in the flashback that C was a very young girl, probably 8 years old, when they met and she’s a woman now, they’ve grown so close […] they are like brother and sister.
“So when he turns on her, it’s a hard cookie for her to swallow because there was trust, there was a holiness there, and they’re in their Outlier group that’s been hiding in the desert for all these years, there was a sense of protection and for that one person you most trusted to turn against you is a crazy thing [to happen].
“That was fun, it was really fun doing as an actor, you know, to have that change, to have a sudden turnaround of the character.”
Jay’s betrayal eventually leads to the host’s death as Maeve stabs him after being brought back online, but this creature west world that doesn’t mean the end of the character. Wu certainly hopes so.
“When I read that part in the schematic where I, you know, I passed, I was talking to Lisa [and] I’m like, ‘Oh, so that’s it for me.’ And she says, ‘No, it is’ western world, Turn right? You’re the host now, so you can always come back.’ And I’m like, ‘okay, cool.’
Reflecting on how most of the cast has returned despite their character’s death, and how Evan Rachel Wood has even come back as a new character, Wu continued, “I think it’s really interesting to reboot a character.” and make them different, and let the public accept that.
“I think they’re really successful at that, and how these characters like Hale and Dolores have really changed and evolved over time, and Maeve. All those characters are strong, really strong female characters, they’re just bad, but have also evolved and changed through this series.
“I think that’s proof that Lisa Joy is one of the showrunners. It’s a total reflection of her personality because she’s a very strong, smart, powerhouse of a woman and writer.”
Daniel Wu on Feeling Personally Connected to Caleb’s Season 4 Plight
However, the sixth episode of the show wasn’t just about Jay and C, but also followed Paul’s Caleb, also now a host, who desperately tries to escape Hale’s prison to send a message to his daughter, whom he calls Cookie. (hence her nickname C).
Caleb’s love for his daughter and determination to protect her, even after turning into a host, was something Wu felt a bond with as a father himself.
“It was such an existential moment for that character, like, what is his goal now? What is he trying to do?” Wu said about Caleb’s storyline. And then, at the end, when he realizes that Cookie is the focus, he has to send this message to Cookie, to see that it was really heartbreaking.
“You know, like a father watching, I thought, oh man, he knows he’s no longer the person he used to be, no more human […] But he still has that memory and the love for his daughter, it really, really hit home.”
Reflecting on what’s going to happen in the show, the actor continued, “I really like where the story is going with [C] and her father and that relationship. I think that’s the strength of the season, Aurora’s character Frankie coming in and being a strong minority female character again and having a really cool, immersive storyline with Aaron Paul’s character, and this idea [that] he’s not himself anymore but he still has that love and he still has the memory, and he still has that drive to want to be that father.
“That’s really powerful for me because I’m a dad and I feel the same way, my biggest fear is that something will happen to my daughter, and my biggest fear of all this c**p happening in the world right now is because that’s what she’ll grow up in, it’s not about me now.
“And I think Caleb’s storyline this season is: Is this humanity? Can we make humanity better for our future descendants?
“We’re going down a really dangerous road now, I mean sci-fi is always talking about that. sci-fi is about a reflection of ourselves and I feel like a lot of the points we’re talking about in west world right now are a reflection of what is happening in society right now.”
Westworld airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max.