A gash like Dolores's would take most Westworld hosts offline. Does she survive? Unclear, but she's pissed and alive enough to slash Logan on the face, gun down a trio of his soldier cronies, then run for cover in the darkness of night. The frenzy leads to a key moment in her journey, and one of Westworld's bluntest bits of visual storytelling.
We knew Dolores was an unreliable observer of her own existence way back in Episode 3, when she pulled a gun on an invading bandit, sending her loop awry. Few questioned her next move: retreating into the arms of William. But in the fourth episode, Westworld played invisible tricks. A scene where Dolores wandered the town square of Las Mudas seemed to shift perspectives, maybe even timelines, without any of the stylistic cues -- a whooshing sound effect, a white-flash transition, a sign from the actor that they've just awoken from a flashback -- that would signal to our seasoned TV-watching brains what was going on. Dolores appeared to be living multiple experiences at once, a symptom of her reveries that would only raise an eyebrow to those hunting for clues.
As Dolores continued down the rabbit hole, her displacement from reality became more and more overt. Any confusion experienced by viewers was the result of the series unwillingness to handhold. Was Dolores imagining herself running through a parade in Pariah because of a programming glitch? Was the image of herself facedown in a river a vision or a memory? Where, and when, was she? The questions all come to head in "The Well-Tempered Clavier," when Dolores escapes Logan's grasp, only to fall on the ground. The picture cuts to black, then cuts back to an unscathed Dolores in the same exact outfit.