If you’ve been following me on twitter, you’ve probably seen me mention my newest obsession of HBO’s Westworld. Part historical fiction Western style, part sci-fi think piece on artificial intelligence, every episode of the series so far has left my mind reeling with fascination and no shortage of questions. I thought I would share some of these here and if you’re reading this as a fellow viewer I’d love to talk theories! Please be warned that from here on out will be a SPOILER ZONE for episodes 1 – 3 of Westworld.
1. Who is Harold really? This past Sunday, in episode 3, we learned that Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) actually had a partner in the early days of Westworld creation. His name was Harold and of course in creepy fashion he apparently died in the park. All we’ve been told is this, and the fact that he seemed to be obsessed with the hosts and their consciousness. Obviously all this information will come to play in the current storyline. Some have speculated that the Man in Black (Ed Harris) may actually be Harold (I find this a bit too easy), others say perhaps he lives on as an upload into Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) – whose status as human or host is often debated as well – which would certainly be interesting. My personal theory is that he’s not any one individual anymore, but rather left pieces of himself throughout the hosts’ coding that’s contributing to the current path they’re on towards self awareness.
2. What past lives/narratives have all the hosts lived? They’ve given us hints, and I’m sure there’s more to come, but I am so invested in these hosts that I want to see all they’ve been through. Dolores is the oldest host in the park, has she always been the rancher’s daughter? The previous narrative we’ve seen the most of is Maeve’s (Thandie Newton) and it’s horrific, what was the full story to that? They stated that Clementine (Angela Sarafyan) has been the brothel madam before, was that prior to Maeve’s assignment there?
3. What is the Man in Black’s story? So we know he’s a notorious longtime visitor and something of a VIP guest to the park, but that’s nearly all we know about him. He’s on a mission to find the “deeper level” of Westworld, something apparently connected to a mysterious maze. Even if he’s been going to the park for years, how does one come up with such an idea unless there’s something more to the story?
4. Where in the world is Westworld? Carmen Sandiego tune aside, I would love to know where the park is located. We know it can’t just be in any run of the mill location as we’re told communications with the outside world while on site is not reliable. Also, I doubt they’d want to run the risk of escaping hosts running out into a neighboring city. I’ve seen some people speculate Westworld may not even be on Earth, who knows!
5. How does the virus actually work? Is it the flies, the code, or those magic words we hear Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) tell Maeve, after learning from her father Peter (Louis Herthum)? “These violent delights have violent ends,” actually a Shakespeare quote from none other than tragic Romeo & Juliet. Maybe it’s some combination of those – the fly triggers the code embedded within and the words come with it? I know I’m not the only one waiting for the change to spread among the rest of the hosts as well.
Hopefully the next episode will start providing some answers to these questions and the others floating around since the series debut! We’ll see this Sunday. Do any of you watch Westworld? What are your questions, thoughts or theories on the complex show? Feel free to share in the comments or as always you can come talk to me on twitter!
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