You touched on what I’ve been saying: On the whole, the characters became unsympathetic and unlikable.
In Season 1, you cared about Dolores and were rooting for her. With Season 2, she went full-on super-villain. And if the finale was any indication, she is going to be worse in Season 3. What. The. Fuck. They wrecked her character.
Looking objectivel at Maeve’s story, it was really stupid and a waste of time. The quest for her “daughter”? It really made no sense. They’re two robots. How was that supposed to end? It was a terribly conceived arc.
Delos is an evil corporation? Wow, that’s a fresh idea.
I think Westworld would have worked better as a one season miniseries. Strip down everything, tell the story then get out. I think the turning point for the series was the end of the Season 1 finale. It ramped everything up too much. It did not allow for gradual character growth. It was all just escalated at a frenetic pace. Season 2 may have been better served if the Hosts had started to become aware and started changing their narratives. Weave in the Delos immortality plot with the growing Host awareness. Season 3 is when human and Host collide but not in the bllodfest we got. Be creative.
As I said, I’m done with the show unless I hear it has suddenly improved.