Regardless of whether we understand Westworld or not. We all must have to unanimously agree on the fact that Evan Rachael Wood is no short of a magician. She was majestic when the show started. Later she evolved to give an unbelievable performance in Season 2. Her nomination does not at all come as a surprise. In fact, it can be said that the true virtuoso had bewitched the Academy into giving her an Emmy nod. Rachael gives the show its breath; she is the show’s heart. And, she nails her twin portrayals with the greatest degree of prolific solace.
In Episode 1, “Journey Into Night”, Dolores’s conversation with Bernard wanders out in a Parnassian universe. It adds a poetic tactile sense to the script. The entire beauty of this one scene can be safely credited to Rachael’s angelic demeanor as Dolores. Evan’s effortless ability to pull herself believably into this new totally commanding presence is something that we rarely see.
“You’re in a dream. You’re in my dream. For years I had no dreams of my own. I moved from hell to hell of your making, never thinking to question the nature of my reality. Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality? Did you ever stop to wonder about your actions? The price you’d have to pay if there was a reckoning? That reckoning is here.” (Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy)
The Emmy worthy execution of this single monologue is enough evidence to Evan Rachael Wood’s prowess. She flawlessly perfects the vastly different portrayals of Dolores and Wyatt. And, her control over her scenes is more than commendable. Amidst the atrocities, and the scientific intricacy of the plot, Rachael’s show offers a safe haven. When things are too twisted for comprehension, then Evan Rachael Wood quickly seizes control of the situation. And, with utmost sophistication she makes the viewers believe in the smoothness of the flow.
Rachael’s onscreen camaraderie with every character is ethereal. She and Meave blow our hearts away, but most remarkably Rachael’s onscreen bond with Herthum is heavenly. Whenever she has interactions with any of the characters on the show, they are deep and meaningful. Every character demands a distinctive approach, and Rachael nails all of them. One thing that remains consistent in her reel dealings with the people of the park is persistence and virtue.
Dolores confrontation sequence with Charlotte (Theresa Thompson) was a spectacle on its own. Rachael, effectively utilized her divine finesse into exposing the vulnerabilities of Thompson’s character but also peeled of another layer of her shallot shell where she exhibited a stronger shade that a daddy’s girl.
“We have toiled in God’s service long enough. So I killed Him. And if you want to get to Glory, you won’t be looking for His favor. You’ll need mine.” (Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy)
Here Dolores was an angel of justice. She isn’t so vulnerable as to get contained by injustice rather she knows how to fight her way through. It was a scene worth binge watching, and the artistry involved in its making must be praised to heavens.
Dolores isn’t the character who is just too performance centric. In fact she would carry the story along with the advancements of her character, and stir a stronger narrative sense into the plot. When it comes to reality and self-awareness, are there limits for expansion? Dolores makes us think we can push even farther, which opens up a whole new world. Something she least figuratively wants to do in the show.
Evan Rachael Wood’s dexterity, her expanse, her memorable performances, her charismatic persona put her atop the list of candidates competing for the title of ‘Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series’. And, multiply the odds of her victory manifold.