Emmy episode analysis: Thandie Newton (‘Westworld’) finds her voice in ‘Akane No Mai’

Emmy episode analysis: Thandie Newton (‘Westworld’) finds her voice in ‘Akane No Mai’
Thandie Newton returns to the Emmy race thanks to her fan favorite character Maeve Millay on HBO’s “Westworld.” This is her second Best Drama Supporting Actress nomination after losing last year to Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”). The role previously earned the actress SAG and Golden Globe nominations, and a Critics Choice Award win. Newton also won a BAFTA for “Crash” (2005). This year, Newton has submitted the episode “Akane No Mai” for Emmy consideration.

Maeve and her companions are captured and dragged into Shogun World, which closely mirrors the storylines found in Westworld. Maeve discovers her usual Jedi-like commands only work in this world if she speaks in Japanese, which she switches to at Sizemore’s (Simon Quarterman) urging to befriend the local madame, Akane (Rinko Kikuchi). Akane murders the emissary of a Shogun, who desires her daughter Sakura as a slave, thus embroiling Maeve in a war.
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