|“||I’ve been pinged by Lee’s team no fewer than four times today. Mr. Salt can shit a golden goose egg for all I care – when he leapfrogs the line it throws my whole team’s workflow off.||”|
–Elsie Hughes, in an email to Bernard Lowe
Elsie Hughes is a main character in the sci-fi western TV series, Westworld. She is a rising star in the Programming division. She diagnoses the odd quirks of behaviour in Westworld’s hosts. Hughes is played by Shannon Woodward.
At some point Elsie was employed as a programmer for Delos' fictional theme park Westworld. She became an assistant to Bernard Lowe and worked alongside him in many of the upgrades and diagnostics for the robotic improvements. Due to her constant presence around the hosts, she has grown affectionate to them, especially the female hosts in the Mariposa Saloon.
Elsie and Bernard discover reveries in some of the hosts, following the upgrade of some ten percent of the population of Westworld, including Clementine Pennyfeather. Bernard associates this to Dr. Robert Ford who usually likes to make them look more real. Elsie later helps diagnose the cause of Walter's violence in the saloon, which almost put visitors in danger. As a consequence, manager Theresa Cullen has them recall the upgraded hosts for checking. Following a staged bloodbath in the town of Sweetwater, Elsie accounts for Dolores Abernathy and Teddy Flood, the latter who was shot in the massacre.
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