‘Westworld’ episode 5 recap: ‘Contrapasso’ gives us 5 lingering mysteries … and an orgy

The fifth episode of HBO’s “Westworld” will surely be re-watched and discussed thanks to a revealing orgy scene. But the episode, titled “Contrapasso,” revealed more than just the chiseled bodies of countless extras — it also confirmed some hotly debated fan theories. Considering that we are only at the halfway mark of the first season, it’s safe to say the story goes deeper than we think. Here are some of the questions fans are left with after the parade of skin.

Smuggler — The woodcutter host who carved symbols of the Orion constellation was scheduled for incineration instead of being put in cold storage. A suspicious Elsie (Shannon Woodward) manages to examine the robot before its destruction only to discover a laser-based satellite update embedded in its arm. She surmises that someone is using the hosts to smuggle information out of the park. Who could pull off such a heist? The findings suggest that one of the Westworld employees is a mole.

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Addressing Arnold — Ford (Anthony Hopkins) shares a tense moment with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) during an inspection. He begins to question her about how much she remembers of Arnold, and when she last spoke to him. Her log indicates that they last spoke on the day of Arnold’s death, and that he told Dolores she would help him “destroy this place.” After Ford leaves, Dolores cryptically says, “He doesn’t know, I didn’t tell him anything.” The moment is framed the same as when Dolores hears Bernard’s (Jeffrey Wright) voice beckoning her to remember. This should further fuel speculation over Bernard’s possible connections to Arnold.

William = Man in Black — The theory of two timelines is all but confirmed this episode when Lawrence (Clifton Collins) is seen during William’s (Jimmi Simpson) scenes, acting out a different loop and going by the title “El Lazo.” When the show cuts to the Man in Black (Ed Harris), this host is Lawrence again. If this confirms that everything concerning William and Logan (Ben Barnes) occurs sometime in the past, could some traumatic experience transform William into the present day Man in Black? Harris’ character previously asked Lawrence if he remembered their first meeting. That first encounter could be the events of this episode when William assists El Lazo.

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Dolores and the maze — We discover that Arnold was the person who created Dolores, and she is shown the symbol of the maze on several occasions throughout the episode. If the maze is seemingly Arnold’s final move in the game of Westworld, perhaps Dolores is the one who is supposed to play it. If Dolores finds the maze, will it lead to the destruction of Westworld like Arnold wished for? Since the maze symbol appear to her in the past, it is possible that she already found it 30 years ago and caused the park’s “critical failure.”

The Greyhound — Many fans have wondered why the Man in Black is allowed to do whatever he pleases without any interference. Why doesn’t Ford stop this man who could wreck his life’s work? It could relate to Ford’s story of the Greyhound. As a boy Ford witnessed a Greyhound break free to finally catch its prey after running its whole life, only to feel purposeless after achieving its goal. Ford doesn’t want to stop running like the Greyhound, he wants to test his park against the only person who poses a challenge.

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