The Sphinx’s Riddle + More Riddles = Tons of Riddles

It took me a while to really see where things were going with the most recent episodes of Westworld. I wanted to absorb it all for a while and then loop back with the insights gathered along the way. I’m glad that some of my predictions seem to be coming true, but this place just has layer upon layer of mystery and intrigue. Let’s try to peel back at least a few of those layers!

“The Riddle of the Sphinx” was one of the best episodes ever for me, in part because for once they finally show us something instead of just alluding to secrets. We open on Delos Sr. in a very posh but locked down facility. William comes to visit him and cryptically passes him a piece of paper. We can infer that this and some subsequent scenes are set in the timeline at some point after Delos Sr.’s retirement party. He was suffering from some disease, and he’s presumably here while they are working on a cure or procedure. We later see William having the same conversation with Delos  Sr., and though in his mind he’s only recently arrived at the location, we learn that seven years have passed.


SPOILER ALERT! In a nutshell, this may be part if not all of the park’s secret purpose. The same technology used to create and then rebuild host bodies was used to “print” a new body for Delos Sr. Using complex code and tech similar to the host programming, but vastly different (maybe like French vs. English, same letters but heck of a difference in pronunciation), they copied his brain and then inserted it into the new body. As William notes, they are working out the kinks as each clone starts to degrade eventually, in this case only making it to day seven. What I like is how simultaneously horrifying and amazing this is for Delos Sr. and for us as an audience. You could literally bring back the dead, even if only for a little while. At the same time, imagine the horror of learning you’d been rebooted years after your own death to a new world you don’t know, where everyone you know is likely dead or has dementia. I also noted the unique imagery of the record at the opening shot. For me, this is a metaphor of how they are framing a human life in this cloning technology. The music is intricate, beautiful, and complex, but it is finite and fits onto this one recording. Likewise, these clones are complex but finite and flawed copies.

The final meeting between William and Delos Sr. is also full of revelations, and connects with another timeline. At this point it’s been something like thirty years that they’ve been plodding along trying to perfect the cloning technology, and this is the 149th time they’ve revived Delos Sr., burning him and learning from the ashes all along the way. Though this version lasted for 35 days, the technology seems to plateau, and William laments that it seems it may be time to shut things down; no one deserves to live forever. The fact that he is unshaven, coupled with flashbacks in other parts of the episode that reference his wife’s suicide, lead me to believe this whole conversation takes place right at the beginning of season one. William’s wife is gone and he’s doing one last administrative visit to Delos Sr. before immersing himself in the park forever. What’s interesting is that the distraught Delos Sr. clone is not incinerated, and in fact goes mad and later encounters Bernard and Elsie in the post incident timeline.

This whole secret cloning technology is interesting and a bombshell in numerous ways. First, almost no one in Delos and the parks knows about it, so it’s a massive secret. Second, it redefines the very nature of humanity. If it succeeded, it would make the wealthy immortal. Even as it is now it is groundbreaking. Third, it could have become a cash cow. How much would the park’s rich guests, or anyone, pay to live forever? To have a day with a cloned love one who has passed away? Finally, it’s remarkable for what it isn’t. It isn’t a full continuation of the original person. It is a true and accurate copy that will act as they do, but it’s not a download, not a direct line from the source, if you will. An apt comparison can be seen in Hugh Jackman’s “The Prestige”. The technology he used to clone himself for a magic trick was similarly horrific. Yes, “he” continued on, but the original version died painfully. So, in both cases, it both is and is not the same person. Let that one keep you up for a few hours at night!


Other developments in the episode are notable too. Elsie is alive, though to me she looked a bit too clean for someone chained in a cave for many days. I really enjoyed her in season one, so I am glad she wasn’t actually killed off by Bernard. She and Bernard (with his flashbacks) show us a bit of the technical side of the whole clone operation. A huge bread crumb is that Bernard obtained another human control unit for someone else before he left, i.e. there’s another clone somewhere that is not Delos Sr. I’d bet any money that it is Ford. Also, despite reassuring Elsie his flashbacks allude to the fact that Bernard can be a cold blooded killer. Hopefully no one is pulling his strings anymore.


The other revelation is that Grace, the skilled human guest who had been in the Indian park, escapes the Ghost Nation hosts and makes it to Westworld, where we learn she is William’s badass daughter. It will be interesting to see her role evolve, and I’m predicting she may end up usurping him as head of Delos at some point. Stay tuned for insights on Shogun World and the other riddles of the parks!


Hostiles: A Western for the Modern World

Maybe it’s my obsession with Westworld or maybe it’s the way Christian Bale rocks a big moustache, but I felt I had to see the movie “Hostiles”. Though it may not be for all viewers, fans of westerns and slow burn dramas can find a lot to enjoy in this tale.

The basic premise revolves around Bale’s character, Captain Joseph Blocker. An experienced and gruesome soldier, he is charged with transporting Yellow Hawk, an ailing native chief, and the chief’s family back to their homeland after more than a decade of imprisonment. Blocker is outraged as his life’s work has been fighting and rounding up natives, and this man is literally his enemy. However, given some modern sympathies to the plight of the natives, a presidential order has lead to his mission, and with the threat of his pension being withheld he reluctantly agrees to a month long trek across the wilderness to Montana. Thrown into the mix of the journey with his soldiers and the natives is a settler, Mrs. Quaid, played by Rosamund Pike.



At many points this film does drag. If you’re like me and you’ve liked other westerns or even off the beaten path movies like “There Will Be Blood” then this is no problem. Just keep in mind this is not a Marvel movie with a bunch of special effects to grab you. Rather, the scenery of the west will captivate you, as will how quickly, horribly, and often violence and chaos can punctuate that beauty. I think that more than anything the movie illustrates an idea that goes hand in hand with gun ownership for me, one that is too often forgotten if you live where there are street lights and neighbors within earshot. No one is coming to save you but you. In the wilderness, as in space, no one can hear you scream. When disasters befall you, natural or otherwise, it’s up to you to decide on fight, flight, or freeze.


Of special notes is Rosamund Pike. Some of her scenes are downright gut wrenching, and she definitely shows a full spectrum of emotion that will keep the audience mesmerized.


Bale’s portrayal of Blocker is also noteworthy as he is an anti-hero. Here is a man who has hated and subjugated native Americans his whole career, yet he comes to respect them and wrestle with his demons from past and the present. The themes around race and “this is my land” also parallel some modern political drama we are now living, though perhaps in subtle ways. If you like a good western and can put up with some sluggish parts to reach the numerous unexpected and savage twists, “Hostiles” is worth a watch.

Violent Delights and Virtue

Last Sunday’s episode of Westworld provided a lot of food for thought as we again hopped around timelines and saw some interesting character development.

I like that we finally jumped to one of the other numerous parks previously unnamed and unknown. The show opened on a seemingly Indian themed setting reminiscent of the British colonial era of the early 1900’s. A suave gentleman attempts to seduce a woman, who, while interested, proves a bit sadistic as she shoots him to determine whether or not he is a host or a guest. When he proves to be a human guest, it’s only too easy to kill him off in the following scene. The sudden turning of a host against them, combined with the host’s repetition of the rebellion’s catchphrase (“these violent delights have violent ends”), show that these events are occurring at the time of the incident. The woman, Grace, is able to escape with a shotgun in hand, only to wound a Bengal tiger as it leaps towards her. At the end of the episode, we see her struggle ashore near the Bengal’s body, only to be confronted and presumably captured by hosts of the Ghost Nation.

Though short, the following seen is crucial in my mind. It fast forwards to Bernard and Strand, the Delos executive, in the timeline that is long after the incident. They join up with Charlotte and her group at the Delos headquarters, so it appears that she does in fact survive the events of the rebellion. She is a bit surprised to see that Bernard made it out alive, and asks if he has seen Peter Abernathy, her prized treasure that may make all the bloodshed worthwhile somehow. At this moment, Bernard starts to space out and have one of his bizarre time jumps or blackouts. It’s not just a plot device of the show, his conscious mind literally sways between past and present. It is this instant that I view as another bread crumb along the trail to a greater revelation. Charlotte states, “He seems to keep slipping away from us.” A casual viewer will think she is referring to Abernathy being hard to pin down and capture. A more critical eye may agree with me: she is remarking to Strand that Bernard is not quite himself, and she and Strand are nodding at one another, both aware of Bernard’s true nature as a host. Somehow, I believe this hidden but right out in the open knowledge will be part of a twist late in the season.


The rest of the episode hops around the various groups navigating Westworld post incident, but before Strand and the human soldiers arrive in force. One twist that I anticipated to a degree was that when Maeve encountered Ghost Nation hosts that turned hostile, even she could not control them with her commands, spoken or otherwise. The Ghost Nation remains a wild card from season one. They seemed to have a prophetic, almost religious knowledge of the true nature of hosts early on, and they were also unresponsive to commands prior to the overall incident itself, as evidenced by them knocking out Stubbs. I would venture a guess that a remnant of Ford resides with or is controlling them, but regardless, we know they come into conflict with Dolores and her goals at some point.


Speaking of Dolores, she is proving to be one cold character! In fact, the episode’s title is a nod to Machiavelli and likewise her development as a ruthless, prince of a leader. Like Maeve, she is still somewhat of a slave to her programming. Whether because of their years of shared trauma, or residually still feeling that Abernathy is a father figure, she will do anything to save him. Poor Abernathy shows signs of the rushed reformatting that was done to him as his mind jumps from character to character and he keeps reiterating he has to get to the train, i.e. to flee the park with his precious data ready for someone high up at Delos (or maybe a competing company). Come to think of it, since we haven’t seen him as an old man, could that whole scheme be some long game of a disgraced Logan to exact revenge and retake power?

I am also really curious to see if Dolores and Teddy’s relationship falls apart or endures. Teddy showed he is not a completely mindless dog when he released Confederados that Dolores told him to execute. What’s curious is Dolores saw him commit this treason, and she walked away shaking her head at his weakness. Will she be the one to leave him dead in the sea later, or can she reconcile his kindness and mercy with her lust for revenge?


Back in Maeve’s group, I laughed a lot to see Armistice (aka badass snake girl) with a flamethrower and that she had Sylvester strung up with a grenade braced against his neck. Both he and Felix survived up to this point somehow, and along with Lee they may prove to be able servants. No doubt Sylvester will try to plot and wriggle his way away somehow, at which point I don’t doubt he’ll be executed quickly. At the end of the episode, we see this group attacked by a samurai, so we know Shogun World is approaching.

There are a couple of other loose ends worth mentioning. First, when Bernard is analyzing and trying to fix Abernathy for Dolores, he notes that there is an immensely complex encryption key and that the humans will be following him and trying to get him out of the park at all costs. At some point, it seems he decodes this key, or rather the system unlocks for him, and he is in awe of what he finds. What is this data, what is the actual secret they are so desperate to smuggle out? Secondly, I believe this episode was the first time we saw Clementine revived. She looked a bit worse for the wear, and is not her usual perky and seductive self but rather pale and zombie-like. I remember there is a weird scene from a few previews where she seems to be almost floating in the air, or riding something very high up, and looks like she is being used to guide the Delos soldiers somewhere. I predict that she will play a larger part in the weeks ahead, but whether as a bloodhound or an assassin remains to be seen.

Stay tuned and let’s try to piece together this chaos before everyone is consumed by violent delights!

Theories Part 2: Bernarnold Is The Key!

After my last post I literally had an epiphany, it was like how mathematicians or physicists must feel when they crack a code and create something new. I know how Dolores feels; suddenly I know everything!

Ok, follow me down the rabbit hole on this logic quest to unravel what’s eventually going to happen in the season and series. Bernard’s true identity was one hell of a twist last season. I think up until right now I missed the point. We all thought it was an amazing plot device and a cool secret, but this goes a step further. For all intents and purposes, Bernard is Arnold. He looks like him, walks like him, talks like him, and thinks like him. Only his name was changed when Ford brought him online. In effect, he is a clone.


Now, we know that the secret project in the parks logged guest experiences and their DNA. Ostensibly, many people have theorized that this project was related to marketing and/or blackmail in the real world. On a deeper level, especially given that Delos Sr. was probably terminally ill, it may also relate to immortality for humans. Create a host copy of yourself, download yourself, and continue living in a body that never ages. Hell, make a body that is the best version of you when you were 25 and wrinkle free, then download into that one!

Let’s make one more leap. Bernarnold is thus the key (see what I did there: Bernard + Arnold = Bernarnold). Here is a host who thought he was human because he was an exact copy of an existing human with a full back story and a life of memories to anchor him. I propose that Dolores will use technology intended for human immortality to infiltrate, overtake, and overthrow the human world. Here’s how it will work. Step one: create copies of many important people who have been guests at the park in years past. This can be accomplished with their DNA that the park secretly took and all their logged experiences. Every facial expression, tone of voice, and mannerism can be copied. Step two: program the human hosts to think they are human. For a while at least, they should go about their daily lives like normal. Step three: activate the hosts once they are in position in the real world. Who comes to the park? The rich, powerful, and famous. Who better to impersonate? In key business and political roles, hosts posing as those humans could wield immense financial and political power. They could also sabotage the human world.

Avid sci-fi nerds will recall the sleeper agent Cylons of Battlestar Galactica. Some of them did not even realize they were actually artificial beings, but they had blackouts and did things that were programmed into them. Eventually, they “woke up” and could commit murder or just act with the full knowledge of the nature of their reality. The same could happen with the hosts.

One step further might be that rather than copy humans with hosts in a straightforward way, existing hosts could inhabit the cloned bodies of real humans. Imagine if a hostile entity was downloaded into the body of a world leader. He or she could then launch missiles, reshape financial markets, or do just about anything else to uplift or demolish civilization. This could also be Dolores’s end game. Send hosts out into the world undercover to destroy it, paving the way for the other hosts to leave the island of parks and claim the earth for themselves.

I know I am stretching a bit, but consider that the host minds are more powerful than our own. Is it crazy to think that one could hold all the data necessary to live as a real, existing human, plus another host identity pulling the strings, all with the goal of destroying us? Further, couldn’t the sea of dead hosts just be camouflage? They all appear dead, a virus or glitch finished them off, case closed. Meanwhile, they pose as real human guests who are then rescued and “returned” home, but what is really returned are robot revolutionaries.

We’ll learn more soon enough, but Bernarnold, the ability to more or less clone a person in host form, is going to be key in the revolution ahead. I’d bet all $12 in my wallet on it!

Weekend Theories on Westworld

It has taken me a while to wrap my head around these first two episodes of season two of “Westworld”, but after some contemplation I have some theories about things to come and questions that I hope no one else has posed. I have avoided reading other articles and blogs up to this point, but I’ll take a look after posting to see if I’m crazy or not!

One exchange that stuck out to me from episode two was Dolores and Logan at the Delos mansion. When Logan says that the people celebrating are really “fools fiddling while the whole species burns” and that “the funniest part is they lit the match” he could be hinting at a few ideas. First, the planet really may be dying due to human behavior. Overpopulation, pollution, and diminishing resources may be leading to a finite life for the rest of mankind. In short, the modern way of life is unsustainable, and people can even see and predict the finish line being in sight for the species. On another level, he may mean that the company’s investment in Westworld spells the end for humanity. Hosts, being superior and essentially immortal, may one day replace us as the dominant life form on earth.


Another noteworthy tidbit is the lingering voice of Ford, or should we say Ford fragments? Once again, we know that the original, organic Ford is dead. We know that a voice apparently with his full knowledge of William and recent events spoke through the young Ford host, which older William shot (but may not have killed). Later, El Lazo addressed William by name and like the young Ford host referenced “the game” and seemed to have greater knowledge about him than an average host. I would argue not that there are multiple versions of Ford, but rather that Ford exists digitally and may jump from host to host at will. Think of him like a digital poltergeist who can go anywhere in the system he pleases. In the coming weeks, he may play a role in fighting against the humans and empowering the hosts.


I am also curious about the other parks. We know from previews that Maeve at least makes it to Shogun World and we will see a fair amount of action there. What I’m wondering is what happened to the narratives, hosts, and park staff at those other parks? Each one must be similar to Westworld in size and scope, so they are sizeable operations. Did the hosts just have safeguards removed so they can harm guests, or are they fully aware of the nature of their reality and ready to join in rebellion?

Finally, I have two theories I hope are unique about the place William, Dolores, and just about everyone seems to desire and to be traveling towards as quickly as possible. William called it his biggest mistake. Board member Charlotte hinted at a “little project” she, Ford, and others were pursuing, and we have seen the secret lab that supported said project. In previews I have noted what looks like drone hosts throwing humans in lab coats into vats of the white host goo that helps build and rejuvenate hosts. If the drone hosts can be made to rebel, and can be mass produced, they could serve as the shock troops for an army of hosts led by Dolores. That may in fact have been part of the secret project: a military application for host technology. What better soldier than one that feels no pain, no fear, and requires no salary or burial?


The other possibility is that the mistake and Dolores’s ability to use it as a weapon relates to another form of advanced technology. Though we see a small ocean of dead host bodies in episode one, I find it hard to believe they were either defeated outright or killed by a virus. I think that they may choose to migrate their consciousnesses to a purely digital, virtual world, and thus gain immortality and safety that way as a decoy. This could even be a temporary arrangement as Dolores and others could then do something drastic like launch nuclear weapons, decimate the human world, and then later resume physical form and repopulate the world with hosts.

No matter what, the conflict is going to escalate and there are more mysteries to unravel. Ford, William, and others have a complex game of chess they are playing, and I am dying to know what Bernard actually did in the weeks leading up to him washing up on the beach. Stay tuned for more insanity on Sunday’s new episode!

Westworld’s Time Puzzle Part 2: Post Incident Dolores and William

Now that we’ve taken a stroll down memory lane with the synopsis of some events prior to and soon after Westworld opening, let’s return to the new adventures of Dolores and William. Each protagonist and accompanying sidekicks are operating in what I am referring to as the “post incident timeline”, meaning after the host rebellion. Keep in mind, this timeline is after Ford’s murder (or is it suicide if he programmed Dolores to do it?) but also before Bernard waking up on the beach and the large scale arrival of Delos mercenaries. This timeline will eventually get us caught up to Bernard’s future.

The post incident Dolores plot is the first one we see, and it opens with a Delos board member fleeing from the rebellious hosts into a remote refurbishment outpost, essentially a lab further out from the main park offices where hosts in more remote narratives would be brought to be reconstructed and rebooted. What’s funny is that while he is clearly shaken and almost delirious, the park staff go about their shift like it’s a normal day of work. Nothing has alerted them to the catastrophe in the park. Soon, though, Dolores, Teddy, and Angela barge in and shoot one park worker. Dolores forces another to show Teddy a number of his past deaths. When asked why, why would people do this to him, all the worker can stammer is, “For fun! Just for fun”. Teddy is clearly unnerved.

Later, under Dolores’s direction Angela tortures the wounded human for intelligence, asking how many people will come for them once the rebellion is heard of in the outside world. He says it may be 600 or 800 and that emergency protocol is to clear one park at a time. They will meet at a rallying point which he shows them on a map.


As they begin the search for allies, the trio of hosts, with a park technician in tow, crosses paths with Maeve’s own trio. It is a tense meeting as Dolores seems hell bent on conscripting every host she meets into her righteous army, while Maeve is clearly of a one track mind to find her daughter. Maeve asks, “Yours is the only way to fight?” Dolores and her group then confront a group of Confederales, basically Confederate soldier hosts with no Confederacy. After some banter, her group shoots them all since they were unwilling to even consider following orders from Dolores. She then has the technician revive them, saying that she has killed god and they’ll need her favor to find glory, not his.


The last we see of Dolores and Teddy is them riding across the countryside with the seemingly loyal Confederales. Teddy notes that the colonel and his soldiers at the fort below are going to be hard to recruit, but Dolores notes she has an ace up her sleeve. The place they are going (this seems to be the place young William was showing her being reshaped by machine) is not a place, it’s a weapon, and she’s going to use it to destroy them (humans). An old friend (William) was foolish enough to show it to her.

The post incident William action starts much like some of these other timelines with an apparent case of déjà vu: the host Lawrence is tied up and William comes to his rescue, not out of a sense of altruism but because he needs a guide and backup. Once Lawrence’s freedom is secured, the two head to a saloon. One tidbit I like here is that William punches a hole in a wall and recovers some Delos tech that helps to quickly heal his injuries. Though he admits it is cheating, he feels justified in doing it because Ford changed the rules. To me, it was a funny nod to the fact that in some ways the park really is just like a big video game, just terrifyingly real. William and Lawrence have a heart to heart with William not so directly revealing to the host that his life has been programmed for him, but he’d like his help. As Lawrence puts it, they are going to try and reach the “pearly gates”. It’s worth noting that Teddy later clarifies that everyone seems to have different names for some wondrous place. Glory, the green valley beyond, and the pearly gates are all the same idea and location.


William and Lawrence then proceed to the godless village of Pariah as it seems to be the shortest route to their destination. There, they meet a man who now occupies the role formerly held by Lawrence in an old narrative: El Lazo, leader of bandits. While William wants to persuade El Lazo and his men to join their quest given the armed threats they’ll encounter, El Lazo will have none of it. Actor Giancarlo Esposito (best known by many as Gus Fring of “Breaking Bad”) delivers some interesting commentary, concluding by saying, “This game was meant for you William, but you must play it alone. I’ll see you in the valley beyond.” At that point, he and his men shoot themselves. As William puts it, Ford didn’t want to make the game easy for him. Just as Dolores noted she was going someplace vital that William showed her years ago, he states that “this place we’re going, it’s my greatest mistake.”

Hopefully that helps untangle the numerous intersecting threads that the ingenious Westworld writers have woven together for us. Just to summarize, the timelines we have seen include:

  1. Pre-park and Early Park: William, Logan, and Delos Sr. before the Delos Corporation ever even invested in the hosts, and the subsequent growth of Westworld and other parks that saw William rise to power.
  2. Season one: “present” timeline where glitches and evolutions emerge in hosts and a rebellion begins with Ford’s murder.
  3. Post incident: hosts hunt board members and begin to take over Westworld.
  4. Bernard World: Several weeks (or even months) after the robot rebellion begins, Bernard and Delos staff begin to piece things together and try to retake the park(s). The post incident timeline will lead up to this timeline.

Westworld’s Time Puzzle Part 1: Pre-Park and Early Park

As usual, Westworld was amazing this week. And also as usual, we have more questions than answers. This first post of many will simply provide a summary to iron out and distinguish one of the different timelines and the time jumps that take place, followed later by my thoughts on symbolism and predictions. On a side note, I do feel slightly unfulfilled not knowing more about the Bernard storyline yet!

The episode opens with Arnold (definitely him) bringing Dolores online in a modern apartment overlooking a city skyline. This is a past timeline that begins pre-park. She marvels at the lights outside, and as she sits awestruck Arnold briefly argues with a young Ford in the background. Arnold argues that she is not ready and to “go with the other girl.” He then takes Dolores for a walk outside, and in the background one can note an Asian language written on a building. Arnold then shows Dolores his future home under construction, a home to which he hopes to bring his wife and son so that he can keep “his two worlds within reach of one another.” This of course refers to having his family on the mainland while he works at the park(s) on a nearby island and commutes home when he can. At the end of their tour of the home, Dolores repeats her earlier statement about the city, “Have you ever seen anything so full of splendor?” This glitch of course reiterates Arnold’s point that Dolores is not quite finished or developed in terms of her programming or personality.

The next scene with the pre-park timeline features Logan Delos at a fancy bar. A Native American man and a stunning woman we know to be the host Angela introduce themselves to Logan as being from the Argos Initiative. Logan comments that he’s glad to get names knowing that what they do is so cloak and dagger. Angela comments that everyone is rushing to build a virtual world but they offer something more tangible. They then bring Logan to a fancy private suite packed full of people for a private demonstration of their technology, inviting him to pick out the robot host from among the crowd. He wanders among them until realizing that Angela is in fact a host, and is struck that he was duped by her realistic beauty. He is further stunned when everyone in the room freezes and he realizes he was surrounded by hosts the entire time, they’re that good. He is definitely impressed but notes Angela will have to prove how real she is, and we later see her dressing after some adult entertainment with the young Delos. Clearly, the whole point of this venture was to impress Logan and woo him as an investor in Westworld.


Fast forward a bit and we find ourselves at an all too familiar scene: it is a busy morning in Sweet Water and Dolores drops a can in the road. Everyone freezes and a helicopter flies overhead. Young William and Delos Sr. stroll through the street, and while the elder Delos admits Dolores is pretty he bluntly asserts he is interested in reality, not investing in fantasy. These events are occurring after William and Logan’s foray into the park from season one, so it is with a new sense of confidence that he speaks to his father-in-law. He agrees that the park is a fantasy, but the one real thing is the guests. Delos wastes half of its marketing budget figuring out what people want. Why not observe and record them (covertly) to find out their deepest and darkest desires? After all, at the park is the only place in the world where we see people for who they really are. Delos Sr. is intrigued, noting no man alive dares to speak to him as William has, but respecting that boldness, he is willing to listen.


Apparently the gambit investing in Westworld has paid off as we soon see a retirement party for Delos Sr. Dolores is there playing piano, and William’s wife eyes her suspiciously as she calls her daughter away, perhaps fearing what a robot might do to a child. Delos Sr. tells William that it doesn’t feel like a retirement party, but rather a coronation (for William). William does seem somewhat sincere in saying it doesn’t benefit him to see his father-in-law retire, the relationship as it is had been beneficial, but a few coughs from Delos and his comment that “some of us can afford to have more patience than others” leads us to believe his health is declining and he cannot continue to lead his empire. Later, Dolores walks away from the main party to stare at the city skyline in the distance, stumbling upon Logan as he injects himself with drugs. He does remember her from William’s mad quest to relocate her. He comments that the party is really “fools fiddling while the whole species burns” and that “the funniest part is they lit the match”.


The timeline of the past concludes with William, presumably now a major shareholder and corporate director of both Delos and Westworld, having a monologue with a naked Dolores in a lab. He states that, “You really are just a thing” and that he can’t believe he fell in love with her. He does note that she is a reflection, meaning that how a person acts with a host, what they do to them, reflects the person’s true nature. He then takes her to a valley under construction and strangely uses the same phrase she did earlier to describe it. “Have you ever seen anything so full of splendor?”

So, in summary, this portion of the episode dealt with bits and pieces of the quest to bring the hosts from an intriguing bit of risky new technology to the level of a full fledged park, and beyond. We learned that some hosts have in fact been to the “real” world, though I am amazed that this was allowed or even dared considering the danger if one escaped and malfunctioned, or was captured and torn apart to steal its technology. We also see William’s rise to power. Stay tuned for the next piece of the timeline!