HBO’s “Westworld” delivered an explosive 90-minute finale that confirmed fan theories and dropped tantalizing clues as to what future seasons could look like. While not every question was answered — we still have no idea whether Elsie and Stubbs are missing or dead — there were enough shocks and surprises to keep fans in anticipation until Season 2 arrives. Nearly every scene contained some game changer, but here are the Top 5 biggest mysteries (solved and unsolved) from the Season 1 finale, “The Bicameral Mind.”
William in Black — Eagle-eyed viewers drew the conclusion long ago, but the show officially confirmed that William (Jimmi Simpson) and the Man in Black (Ed Harris) are one and the same. William’s search for Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) following her capture became an obsession. His time at the wild edges of the park changed him and gave him a taste for violence. He takes control of the Delos organization by embarrassing Logan (Ben Barnes) and is responsible for funding Westworld for years to come, as a way of fueling his obsession with the maze.
Samurai World — As Maeve (Thandie Newton) rampages through the underground labs of Westworld on her escape route, Felix (Leonardo Nam) leads her through a room with Samurai hosts and a “SW” logo. “What is all this?” she asks. In the original 1973 film, Westworld was just one of several robot theme parks. Is the show getting ready to reveal more locations? Toward the end of the episode, Maeve becomes the first host to truly make her own decision when she follows Felix’s note to find her daughter. The location is described as “park 1”, implying there are multiple.
These violent delights have violent ends — The mysterious villain Wyatt is revealed to be Dolores … sort of. Arnold (Jeffrey Wright) didn’t want the park to open after discovering the hosts could obtain consciousness. So he merged the “Wyatt narrative” with Dolores, prompting her to recruit Teddy (James Marsden) and kill every host in the park. The massacre Teddy and Dolores frequently flashback to was actually carried out themselves. In order to make the stakes real, Arnold commanded Dolores to kill him as well. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) rebuilt the robots and opened the park anyway.
The center of the Maze — It turns out the center of the maze is actually self-realization. Dolores has been finding her way back to the town with the white church because she is finding her way through her own maze, working through memories to return to a moment of her past when she gained consciousness. After a brutal fight with William, Dolores finally realizes the voice that has been guiding her through the maze is not Arnold or Ford, but herself. Finally achieving the consciousness Arnold always hoped she would find, Dolores declares, “The world isn’t theirs, it’s ours.” Will this free-thinking robot god wipe out humans to claim the world for her new “species”?
Ford’s final narrative — In the biggest shocker of the finale, we realize Ford has orchestrated nearly every event of the series. His true mission was to carry out Arnold’s wish for the hosts and set them free. Facing a takeover from Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) and the Delos company, Ford’s new narrative is a trap for the board members in the park. After informing Dolores that suffering was key to her self actualization, he says, “In order to escape this place you will need to suffer more.” Dolores then reenacts her Wyatt massacre, executing Ford after his retirement speech and firing into the crowd of Delos board members as an army of lethal hosts approach from the woods. We will have to wait until next season to find out who survived the assault, but Ford and Arnold’s ultimate plan is set to come true, with hosts inheriting Westworld.
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