‘Westworld’ Season 4 Daniel Wu Talks Plot and His ‘Hope’ for Jay

Westworld Season 4 was full of surprises, shocking revelations and betrayals, and the show’s sixth episode is no different with all of the above applying to the characters of Daniel Wu and Aurora Perrineau, Jay and C respectively.

Wu spoke to Newsweek about the latest bombshell reveal on episode 6 of the HBO show, sharing her “hope” for her character’s future.

Warning: This article contains spoilers for episode 6 of season 4 of “Westworld”

Westworld Season 4’s Daniel Wu Talks Episode 6 Plot

Daniel Wu as Jay in “Westworld”. The actor spoke to Newsweek about his character and the plot twist surrounding him and C in Episode 6.
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Wu’s character, Jay, was as much of a mystery as Perrineau’s C until it was revealed in Episode 4 that she was really Frankie, the all-grown daughter of Caleb Nichols (Aaron Paul).

Episode 6 spotlights Wu’s Jay, revealing his motivations for being part of the rebel group fighting against Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) and his plan to enslave all of humanity, including Outliers like him and C.

Unfortunately, it is revealed in the last episode that during the rescue operation to rescue an outlier in episode 5, Jay was lured into a trap and killed by a host copy of himself, who infiltrates then in the group and tries to stop C from waking Maeve up. Millay (Thandiwe Newton).

Wu said Newsweek he found Jay’s character arc “really interesting” and that he didn’t know exactly how things were going to pan out for him until episode 4, when he was told that Jay was going to be a host.

Previously, co-creator Lisa Joy, with whom he worked on Reminiscence, had only told her that she had written a part about a rebel leader she thought would be perfect for.

“I thought that was really interesting, because when I signed up, all I was really told was, you know, he’s the rebel leader of a group of ‘Outliers,” Wu said. “He had a traumatic experience with [the] the loss of his brother through the Hosts and it turned him into this angry guy trying to find freedom in this world where they’re controlled and protect these Outliers.

“And that’s all I knew at the start, and then during the filming, I think, of episode 4, […] I found out I was going to be a host, and so that threw everything out the window. Like, ‘Wow, okay. I wish I had known that sooner.

“But in retrospect, I think it’s good that I didn’t find out sooner because you don’t want to prefigure too much what’s going to happen with the character.

“That’s the fun part of working in television, sometimes you never know what’s going to happen to your character, or what’s going to happen with the script, and that’s exactly what happened.”

On Jay’s betrayal and his hopes for the character’s future

Although Wu knew his character would become a host, he was not told that this would mean his character would betray C.

“I didn’t know it was going to turn into a betrayal, I was just told ‘ok, you’re going to be a host’, and then when I saw the script I was like ‘Ooh, that’s juicy’ ‘” Wu said. “Because this couple, even though they say ‘never call me brother,’ they’re like family, you know, they’ve been together for many years.

“You see in the flashback C was a very young girl, 8 years old probably, when they met and she’s now a woman, they grew up together so […] they are like brother and sister.

“So when it backfires on her, it’s a tough cookie for her to swallow because there was trust, there was a sanctity there, and they’re in their Outlier band that got together. hidden in the desert all these years there was a sense of protection and for that person you trust the most to turn against you is a crazy thing [to happen].

“It was fun, it was really fun to do as an actor, you know, to have this change, to have a sudden 180-degree turn of the character.”

Jay’s betrayal ultimately leads to the death of the host as Maeve stabs him after being brought back online, but, of course, that being Westworld this does not mean the end of the character. Wu certainly hopes so.

“When I read that part of the schedule where I, you know, I passed by, I was talking to Lisa [and] I’m like, ‘Oh, so that’s it for me.’ And she said, ‘No, it’s Westworld, right? You are a host now, so you can always come back. And I’m like, ‘Okay, cool.’

Reflecting on how most of the actors came back despite their character dying and how Evan Rachel Wood even came back as a new character, Wu continued, “I find it really interesting to be able to reboot a character and make it different, and that the public is able to accept it.

“I think they’re really successful with that, and how these characters like Hale and Dolores have really changed and evolved over time, and Maeve. All of these characters are strong, really strong female characters, they’re just bad** but have also evolved and changed through this series.

“I think it speaks to Lisa Joy being one of the showrunners, it’s a total reflection of her personality because she’s a very strong, smart woman and writer.”

Aurora Perrineau
Aurora Perrineau as C in “Westworld” Season 4, Daniel Wu’s character Jay is replaced by a host copy of himself who betrays C and gets killed in the process, but the actor told Newsweek how “there is hope” that he will return.
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Daniel Wu on Feeling Personally Connected to Caleb’s Season 4 Fate

The show’s sixth episode wasn’t just about Jay and C, as it also followed Caleb de Paul, also now a host, who desperately tries to escape from Hale prison to send a message to his daughter, that he calls Cookie (hence its nickname C).

Caleb’s love for his daughter and determination to protect her, even after being turned into a host, was something Wu felt a connection to as a father himself.

“It was such an existential moment for this character, like, what’s his purpose now? What is he trying to do?” Wu talked about Caleb’s plot. “And then, at the end, when he realizes that Cookie is the main focus, he has to pass that message on to Cookie, to see that it was really heartbreaking.

“You know, as a dad watching I was like, oh, man, he knows he’s not the person he used to be, not a human anymore […] but he still has that memory and the love for his daughter, it really, really touched me.”

Reflecting on what’s to come on the show, the actor continued, “I really like the direction the story is taking with [C] and his father and this relationship. I think that’s the strength of the season, Aurora Frankie’s character coming in and being, again, another strong minority female character and having a really cool and compelling storyline with Aaron Paul’s character, and this idea [that] he is no longer himself but he still has this love and he still has the memory, and he still has this desire to want to be this father.

“It’s really powerful for me, because I’m a dad and I totally feel the same way, my biggest fear is something happening to my daughter, and my biggest fear about all this c**p what’s going on in the world right now is because that’s what she’s going to grow into, it’s not about me right now.

“And I think Caleb’s storyline this season is: Is it humanity? Can we improve humanity for our future offspring?

“We’re heading down a really dangerous road right now, I mean science fiction is always talking about it. Science fiction is a reflection of ourselves and I feel like a lot of the points we’re talking about in Westworld right now are a reflection of what’s going on in society right now.”

Westworld airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max.

Aaron Paul as Caleb Nichols in ‘Westworld’ season 4. Daniel Wu told Newsweek he feels a personal connection to Paul’s character because he understands his determination to protect his daughter, C, at all costs.
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