***Spoilers: Spoilers for Westworld through Season 1, Episode 5. Spoilers***
With a little help from a friend, I think I’ve just uncovered something big about Dolores.
In this week’s episode, “Contrapasso“, as Dolores, William and Logan enter the town of Pariah, Dolores sees herself — a copy, a double, a vision, call it what you will — and follows her through the Day of the Dead parade. When she’s walking through, she hears a couple of prominent voices saying something, and I really wanted to figure out what they were saying. I made a short clip of the audio and listened to it several times, thinking I heard something about eternal life, and then toward the end, Anthony Hopkins’ (aka Dr. Robert Ford) saying something about dreaming. Dreaming of the snow, perhaps?
I sent the clip to the mister, and asked if he could isolate the voices. Here are the two clips, the first is as it was in the episode, and the second is with some isolation.
Feeling very uncertain about my interpretations; I heard — “To us, eternal life” and “Dream of the snow” — I asked for help in a Facebook group, and the brilliant Nicole Childress realized what the voices were actually saying and what happened to Dolores toward the end of that scene.
Dolores hears Dr. Ford saying “May you rest in a deep and dreamless slumber” which is the command given to Hosts to put them to sleep (so to speak). And indeed, Dolores immediately passes out;
in the next scene, she’s with Ford.
Nicole realized the woman is actually reciting part of a George Eliot quote: “Our dead are never dead to us … ” The full quote, from Adam Bede:
Our dead are never dead to us until we have forgotten them: they can be injured by us, they can be wounded; they know all our penitence, all our aching sense that their place is empty, all the kisses we bestow on the smallest relic of their presence.”
What’s interesting is that George Eliot is actually Mary Ann Evans; she used a male pen name in the belief she’d be taken more seriously as a professional writer. This little tidbit triggered my brain to look more closely at Dolores’ name.
D O L O R E S A B E R N A T H Y
Immediately, you can see an “Arnold” in there, and flipping around the rest of the letters — O E S B E R A T H Y — with a little help again from Nicole: B A S E T H E O R Y.
As explained by Dr. Ford:
He imagined it as a pyramid. See, memory, improvisation, self-interest. [Bernard: ‘And, at the top’] Never got there. But, he had a notion of what it might be. He based it on a theory of consciousness called the bicameral mind … ”
This photo flashes as Ford says that Arnold wanted to create consciousness.
Nicole did a search and found that people have already discovered the anagram, but these are new and more clues to support that theory. So, I think we can now safely say that indeed, Arnold is “speaking” to Dolores using his “base theory”, (with the bicameral mind at the top of the pyramid). Oh, and in case you’ve forgotten your Psychology 101, what does Maslow put at the top of his pyramid (depicting the hierarchy of needs)? Ahem …
Now, Adam Bede, Eliot’s first novel (via Wikipedia), involves a love story gone wrong … which for me, immediately rung some bells. Remember how I mentioned that during Sunday’s episode, Dr. Ford got quite emotional during his scene with Dolores, when she asked if she and Ford were very old friends? He replied, “No, I wouldn’t say friends, Dolores. I wouldn’t say that at all”, and I noticed very clearly, a tear came to his eye. You can see his right eye welled up here:
That line from Adam Bede is another clue to the behind-the-scenes goings on. As noted, the plot involves a two couples and an affair, as well as an illegitimate child who ends up dead. So, is Dolores the physical embodiment of a woman caught between Arnold and Ford? Was she Arnold’s wife and Ford’s unrequited love, or was she married to Ford and had an affair with Arnold? And, is Dr. Ford’s Little Boy Host [Oliver Bell] possibly a replica of a lost child?
I’ve thought for a long time — from the moment he was bought up — that Ford likely murdered Arnold, but the reason wasn’t clear. It could have been because he didn’t like the direction Arnold was going with the Hosts. Arnold believed he could create consciousness (and clearly, he has); Ford thought that idea was silly. Perhaps, Ford couldn’t stand the idea of Arnold outdoing him. But, even more likely a motive for murder is love. Could the Dolores we see — her physicality — be based on Ford’s wife or the love of his life, and did Arnold have an affair with her? Did Ford kill Arnold for the simplest, most common reason of all, jealousy and love? Likewise, it could be the reverse; Ford’s unrequited love for Arnold’s wife may have come between the two men.
With the use of a single, nearly indecipherable line from Eliot’s novel, I think the writers have given us a great clue.
Huge H/T and thanks to Nicole and the mister.