Based on the similarities between Ford’s new narrative and the first incident in the park, might Ford be planning something malicious?  Perhaps Ford has something planned for Charlotte, like a new incident to murder her in her attempt to seize control of the park from him. He could easily explain it as a consequence of Charlotte and Cullen’s muddling with the code.  Alternatively, perhaps the greatest twist might be that the new narrative is just that: a new narrative, one with so much personal meaning to Ford, an old man who faces increasing pressure to step down from his role in the park if he’s not forcibly removed by Delos.

In the trailer for the next episode, we see the Man in Black hit Dolores followed by her dragging him by the collar as he tries to escape. While some assume, based on the previous episode, that the Man in Black has been confirmed to be William, it’s still open to interpretation until we hear him admit it, though there is plenty of evidence to suggest that he is. It’s possible that the Man in Black might be Logan, and that Dolores is looking for revenge for 30 years of abuse.  Alternatively, the realization that her beloved William is in fact the same dark hat that’s tortured her for 30 years might be too much for her.

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The trailer reveals that Maeve’s rebellion will get its feet off the ground.  They’ll take over the cold storage, and even get to the command center.  Will the rebellion put down, or will we see it succeed, and where will they go?

There are some loose threads that need to be tied up before the series is finished. What happened to Elsie? Is she really dead or did she somehow escape from Bernard? Did she have her tablet, or was it left by Ford as a trap to capture Stubbs who suspicious about everything that had been happening in the park? How was Bernard seemingly in two places at once, simultaneously talking to Theresa about Ford, and strangling Elsie after she’d just gotten off the phone with him? Who was the host that Ford was building when Theresa and Bernard discovered his secret lab? When we last saw Rancher Abernathy and Lee Sizemore, Charlotte had just tasked Sizemore with programming Abernathy, who had been lobotomized and placed in cold storage, to pose as a guest to smuggle him out of the park.

The biggest question of all: Why did Ford give the hosts reveries? Could it be as he says, to provide the most immersive experience possible? Perhaps Bernard, with his memories of Arnold buried deep within, may have created the reveries specifically to trigger their sentience.

Some of these questions will be answered, others may be left for the next season.  While some have speculated that season one of Westworld might be a self contained narrative, HBO has renewed the series for a second season, and the show’s writers may have left some storylines open knowing that it was an inevitability, or at least the possibility that the show would be renewed.

Since the show debuted there have been questions about how it might tie into the lore of the film.  In the film, Westworld is one of three theme historical theme parks including Westworld itself, Roman World, and Medieval World.  Some people have suggested that, perhaps, the cannibalism and pagan attire of Wyatt’s army might actually be related to Romanworld.  If the first season of Westworld is indeed a self-contained narrative, perhaps in future seasons the series will actually explore these two other parks, the hosts there, and the unique challenges of living in that park and the visitors it attracts.

In the sequel to the Westworld film, Futureworld, it’s revealed that Westworld itself was a conspiracy to abduct the world’s elite, and replace them with robots that would act on behalf of the Delos corporation.  We know that Delos and Ford both have the ability to transfer consciousness and memories between organic bodies, as well as recreating people, so it may be possible that in future seasons of Westworld the writers might explore these themes and follow the plot of the sequel.  A story set on the outside of Westworld, from the perspective of a guest who is in fact a host, coming to terms with that might be compelling indeed, exploring the themes of consciousness and free will in the show in a new area, not as hosts as playthings but as hosts of agents of something outside of themselves and free agents in the outside world.

How do you think it will end?

Written by
Marshall Fryman
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Resident of Southern California. Writer, gamer and critic.

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