“Westworld” confirmed some exciting fan theories in its ninth episode, “The Well-Tempered Clavier.” William (Jimmi Simpson) starts to break bad by massacring an army of men on his journey to becoming a black hat, and Maeve (Thandie Newton) threatens to break the very fabric of the park on her mission to lead a robot uprising. Below are the five biggest mysteries (both unsolved and solved) that fans will want to rewind and rewatch before next week’s Season 1 finale.
Outside world – While being held captive by Logan (Ben Barnes) and his militia, William states his intention to get Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) out of the park. Logan balks at the notion that Dolores could be a fully sentient being and stabs her in the stomach to reveal her mechanical insides. Interestingly, Dolores may not want to escape, asking, “If it’s such a wonderful place out there, why are you all clamoring to get in?” “Westworld” has never shown us the world outside the park or even what year it is. Could the earth have fallen into some dystopia or apocalyptic disarray?
Picture of the past – A mystery from the first episode is confirmed when Logan produces a picture of his sister, William’s future bride. It’s the same picture that Abernathy found on his farm. Considering that the Man in Black (Ed Harris) lost his wife and child, this could be more proof that William and The Man in Black are one and the same. Will we ever get to see the woman in the picture in the flesh, or will she remain outside Westworld?
Journey to hell – “I want you to break into hell with me and rob the gods blind,” Meave purrs at Hector (Rodrigo Santoro). The frequent invocation of “gods” is likely just symbolism, but one must question how far her knowledge and power extends. She seems to “wake up” Hector by giving him a sense of deja vu with a kiss. Earlier in the episode, she is able to fully command Bernard (Jeffrey Wright). Could she have even more sway over the hosts than Ford (Anthony Hopkins)?
The board – Several episodes back, a guest thanked the Man in Black because his organization saved his sister’s life. This episode seemed to confirm that the Man in Black is a board member of the Delos Organization when Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) pays him a visit in the park. She wants his vote so she has a unanimous decision to oust Ford. If Delos knows about his quest for the Maze, is their ultimate goal related to its secrets?
Arnold revealed – Bernard holds Ford hostage, forcing the creator to unlock all of Ford’s memories. As Bernard deconstructs his first memory of his son’s death, he is able to unlock other forgotten moments. His first conversation with Ford comes to life. “It wouldn’t be right to use his name,” Ford says when pondering what to name Bernard. Ford explains that Bernard is created to have the mind of his former partner. “Oh my god,” present day Bernard exclaims. “I’m Arnold.”
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