Bernard Lowe and Jeffrey Wright are both characters on the hit HBO series, Westworld. However, if you’re like me, that might be all you know about them…until now! Here’s an in-depth look at the men behind Westworld’s Artificial Intelligence (A.I.). Bernard Lowe and Jeffrey Wright: The Men Behind Westworld’s A.I.

Meet the team behind your android hosts

When you watch Bernard Lowe on screen, you see a man in control. He’s the head of the programming division at Westworld, and he knows how to get things done. But what you might not know is that Lowe is played by two different actors. In seasons one and two, Jeffrey Wright played both Lowe and Arnold Weber, the co-founder of Westworld.

Why not use regular actors to portray robots?

One could argue that regular actors are more than capable of portraying robots.

Bernard Lowe and Jeffrey Wright: The Men Behind Westworld's A.I.
Bernard Lowe and Jeffrey Wright: The Men Behind Westworld’s A.I.

What would you be if you weren’t an actor?

Jeffrey Wright is an actor, but he could have easily been a programmer or software engineer. He is the head of the programming division for Westworld and is responsible for the artificial intelligence that powers the park. In addition to his work on Westworld, he also portrays Arnold Weber, the co-founder of the park. If he hadn’t become an actor, he would likely be working behind the scenes on some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters.

Bernard Lowe and Jeffrey Wright: The Men Behind Westworld's A.I.
Bernard Lowe and Jeffrey Wright: The Men Behind Westworld’s A.I.

Did Dolores make Bernard?

As the head of the Programming Division (Behavior) at Westworld, Bernard is responsible for programming the artificial people’s software. But it was actually Arnold Weber (played by Jeffrey Wright), the co-founder of Westworld, who created Dolores. So while Bernard may have programmed Dolores’ software, it was Arnold who gave her life. And this theory has been confirmed by showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. What we’ll learn about eventually—and this speaks to one of the things that Jonathan had to keep talking me off the ledge about when I found out what happens to my character—is that in some ways, Bernard is more human than human.

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Why did Ford create Bernard in Westworld?

Ford (Anthony Hopkins) creates Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) in the HBO series Westworld as the head of the programming division (behavior) and programmer of artificial people’s software. He also does this to have someone to talk to who understands him and his views on life. Bernard is based on Ford’s late partner, Arnold Weber, who co-founded Westworld. Arnold died in an accident years prior, which Ford still blames himself for.

What is Bernard in Westworld?

Bernard is the Head of the Programming Division (Behavior) at Westworld, meaning he is in charge of programming the artificial people’s software. He is also a programmer of sorts, helping to create the lifelike quality of the Hosts. Jeffrey Wright portrays Bernard on the show. As we learn more about him throughout the series, it becomes clear that there is something very off about him. He may be as much a part of Westworld as any other Host.

Bernard Lowe and Jeffrey Wright: The Men Behind Westworld's A.I.
Bernard Lowe and Jeffrey Wright: The Men Behind Westworld’s A.I.

After suffering an apparent mental breakdown and being taken into custody by Delos security forces, Bernard seems to be recovering from his injuries well enough that he has regained control over his faculties.

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Is Bernard human Westworld?

We know that Bernard is an artificial intelligence (A.I.) in the TV series Westworld, but what we don’t know is whether or not he was always an A.I. In the show, Bernard is played by Jeffrey Wright, who also portrays Arnold Weber, one of the park’s co-founders. This has led to speculation that Bernard is actually a human that has been implanted with A.I. technology, or that he is a copy of Arnold Weber.

Who did Dolores put in Charlotte’s body?

Many viewers were shocked to find out that Dolores had put a copy of herself in Charlotte’s body in the season two finale of Westworld. However, this plot twist makes perfect sense when you consider the characters of Bernard Lowe and Jeffrey Wright. Jeffrey Wright portrays both Bernard Lowe, Head of Programming at Westworld and Arnold Weber (seasons 1-2), the co-founder of Westworld. In season one, it is revealed that Bernard is not actually human but an artificial person with many parts from Dolores’ own make up.

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