***Spoilers Warning: Spoilers for Westworld through Season 1, Episode 9 follow. Spoilers***
If from the first episode of Westworld you didn’t suspect that everyone is a Host, you’re not a proper paranoid android, but most of us quickly dropped that thought and concentrated on the phenomenal actors, the gorgeous camerawork, music and score. We settled in, realized there’d be some righteous theorizing to do, and have thoroughly enjoyed Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s reinvention of Michael Chrichton’s 1973 movie. It’s been a wild ride, most recently capped off with Jeffrey Wright’s emotional realization that he is a Host fashioned after Dr. Ford’s original Westworld partner, Arnold Weber. All signs point to the oft-referenced “incident” thirty years before now (whenever that turns out to be) when Dolores — who may turn out to be Wyatt — killed her creator, and possibly mowed down an entire crowd, which leads me (us) to …
… well, back to the beginning. This is the very first conversation we hear, between Dolores and Bernard:
Bernard: “Do you know where you are”?
Dolores: “I’m in a dream”.
Bernard: “That’s right, Dolores, you’re in a dream. Would you like to wake up from this dream”?
Dolores: “Yes” …
Bernard: “First, have you ever questioned the nature of your reality”?
Now, jumping forward to this past Sunday’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier“, its closing sequence — once again between Bernard (BernArnold) and Dolores — really stuck with me. Bernard asks Dolores if she knows why he can’t help her.
And then, Dolores truly sees where she is, looks around and finds herself …
… utterly alone.
Bernard’s chair is empty.
I realized, this happens to Dolores quite a lot, and that got me to thinking: All these memories, all these people; do they even exist anymore? Do humans exist anymore, or are they all only memories? Maybe everything we see is only Host memory, and the Hosts have already taken over the world; there are no humans left. Is all that’s left of mankind the memories of their creators?
And, if that’s true, this is the finale song I’d love to hear over the end credits.
An interesting thought I’ve seen floating around the interwebs is that the Westworld resort isn’t on Earth; maybe the whole thing is on another planet. With its sleek futuristic (some might even say spaceship) look,
the majority of operations seemingly underground — remember I pointed out the similarities between the Delos Corporate Map and Dante’s Inferno levels? —
it’s possible Westworld is on Mars or some other planet that humans (or Hosts, or both) were able to make habitable. Let’s also talk about that reference on the Delos map to the “Westworld Mesa Hub”. “Hub” has several meanings (including a relation to space), one of them being a device connecting computers in a network. Hmm … I’ve been wondering, as I’m sure many people have, where does Westworld the series have left to go in a second season? If these Artificially Intelligent beings are, and they certainly appear to be, on the verge of a revolution and if they succeed in setting themselves free, what could possibly happen when the series returns?
Supposing for a moment all the Season 1 Westworld events we’ve seen take place on another planet, and add in my theory of no humans left at that location, what do you suppose Dolores and maybe some of her Hostfriends might like to do in Season 2? Oh, maybe take a little trip? Maybe find their way to their creators, much like so many books and movies (I’m talking to you, Prometheus‘ Dr. Elizabeth Shaw) to discover more about themselves — and humans? Of course, they’d hardly be satisfied though, would they? They might just like to take over Earth, too.
We’ll be back with a closer look at the Westworld finale, “The Bicameral Mind” preview.