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Westworld Season 2: Here's how Tessa Thompson nailed her Evan Rachel Wood impression in the finale

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Jul 11, 2018

Quite a lot happened during the hour-and-a-half Season 2 finale of Westworld on HBO.

***WARNING! The following contains MAJOR spoilers for the second season of HBO's Westworld. Best turn your horse around if you aren't caught up, partner***

Some hosts found salvation, Elsie (Shannon Woodward) got killed, Lee got killed, Maeve got killed — a lot of folks got killed, ok?! — and Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) fully embraced his difference from the human race. In fact, he gave Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) a second chance at exacting revenge upon their creators by downloading her mind into an exact replica of Delos executive Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson).

Making away with the brains of a few choice hosts, Charlotte/Dolores boards a boat to the mainland, going full Ava (Alicia Vikander) in Alex Garland's Ex Machina with plans to make the human race pay for what it has done to robotkind. Thompson's performance as she pretends to be Dolores is quite convincing and during an interview with Vulture, Wood explained how the two ensured that the impersonation would be as spot-on as possible. 

"I thought she did an amazing job," she said. "I would send her recordings of myself doing the dialogue, and then she really sold it. I thought it was great. But you know, we weren’t really doing scenes together and I was basically playing a different character this season. So when she found out she had to kind of be me, she came to me and said, 'Wait — what have you been doing?' [laughs.] I’m like, 'OH! Oh right! Yeah, I’ve got to do the voice for you and everything!' So I just made recordings and she really made it her own, it was good."

Usually, when a person says they want to become you, it's a sign to run very, very far away from them, but thankfully, the two actresses had become good pals. So yes, it was weird when they found out that one of them would have to become an exact copy of the other, but it wasn't as weird as it could have been. 

"That is so funny," said Wood. "You know it’s hilarious because we became really good friends at the beginning of Season 2, and then we started hanging out, and then all of a sudden we realized that we were gonna be the same person [laughs] and it was very strange! This show is so funny. Because they didn’t tell us anything."