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He was very clear about my role here. About who I'm supposed to be loyal to. Guess you could call it... my core drive.

–Ashley to Dolores Abernathy, "The Passenger"

Ashley Stubbs is a main character in the sci-fi western TV series, Westworld. He is the Head of the Westworld QA Security Force and most often found in the Control Room. In the Second Season Finale it is heavily implied that he is actually a Host built by Robert Ford. Stubbs is played by Luke Hemsworth.

Biography

Background

Stubbs is Westworld's Head of Security, in the Quality Assurance Division. His responsibility, ostensibly, is to monitor the park and make sure that the Guests are kept safe. He is also responsible for investigating any park disturbances and has other responsibilities that were assigned to him by Ford[2] when he started working as head of security. Stubbs has authority in the control room, having allowed the Man in Black to continue his killing spree. [3]

Plot

Personality

Stubbs is skeptical about the ability of the Delos Incorporated engineers and scientists and sees himself as often having to clean up their mess. He is anxious to go into action, in "The Original" he was accused by Bernard of "liking to play dress up more than the guests."

Relationships

  • Elsie Hughes: When they have to track down a stray host, he lightly flirts with her (indicating that he likes her company) and he shows real concern for Elsie after the host escapes a pit and seemingly attacks her with a giant rock. When learning that her signal was discovered somewhere in the park sometime after her disappearance, he is quick to search for her, concerned for her safety.
  • Bernard Lowe: Stubbs seems to be on friendly terms with Bernard as one of his subordinates, expressing relief upon finding him on the beach. He is quick to defend Bernard when he is accused of failing as Head of Behavior by Karl Strand, insisting that Strand was not in the park when the hosts took over and would not know what they were dealing with. Even when he learned Bernard was actually a host, Stubbs was obviously discomforted by the torture Charlotte Hale put him through.

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Appearances

Quotes

The only thing stopping the hosts from hacking us to pieces is one line of your code.

–Ashley Stubbs, to Elsie Hughes, in "The Stray"

Trivia

  • Stubbs' service pistol is a Beretta Px4 Storm Subcompact. He has stated he carries his pistol with him at all times in the park - even while he sleeps.
  • The ending scene of "The Passenger" heavily implies without directly stating that Stubbs is another host built by Ford. This was more or less confirmed by episode director Frederick E.O. Toye and Lisa Joy.[4]
    • The scene where Stubbs hints he may be a host was written by Jonathan Nolan the night before the scene was filmed; Hemsworth, upon reading the script, reacted positively.[4]

References

  1. https://www.thewrap.com/westworld-season-2-finale-questions-dolores-bernard-hale-lisa-joy/
  2. The Passenger
  3. Screenrant
  4. 4.0 4.1 Vanity Fair interview with Fred Toye
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