If you have been watching Westworld and think you know for certain what is going on, then you are lying to yourself. After 8 episodes, I have several theories, but most of them revolve around the most likely outcome from what I have already witnessed and what the show has told me. Educated guesses from years of watching movies and TV. It also makes it a little easier knowing that it is an HBO show, so the smartest and best outcome is the most likely to be true. They have a long rope when it comes to the amount of credit I'm willing to give them, even before I know the outcome.
Here is what I know for certain about the show.....
- Clementine Pennyfeather is my favorite character name in a very long time.
- Ed Harris continues to be the most underrated actor of the last 30 years.
- It is more fun that I thought to see Anthony Hopkins in a weekly series, and I thought it was going to be great from the beginning.
- Jeffrey Wright is fucking phenomenal.
- HBO finally found a way to shatter their nudity record. Thank you science.
- I would have been fine without a discount Hemsworth. I don't care if he is the oldest, he is the Danny DeVito of the Hemsworth Twins.
As far as what we know for certain about the plot, that is up for discussion and it's hard to tell for certain what we think we think we might kinda know......huh? Let's place odds on the most likely scenario to play out over these final two episodes. Note: HBO is notorious for the penultimate episode of a season being the episode that is the most jarring, so I expect some crazy shit to happen this week.
Maeve and Bernard team up and kill Ford.
The end of episode 8 and the trailer for episode 9 lets you know that Maeve is ready to start some shit and that Bernard is very conflicted about a past that he is uncertain even exists. Does that mean that Theresa and Maeve's daughter hold the key to becoming sentient? If you love something enough that it destroys your programming and even having your memory erased can't keep their memory out of your mind. If Maeve changes his programming and they go full Mickey and Mallory on their way to Ford, then they could take down the entire operation.
Nobody outside of Ford knows more than Bernard and I think Ford is going to test him by offering him Theresa as a host to keep him there. That is who I think Ford was building in the secret room that he had Bernard kill Theresa in. If that happens, do they go back into the park and live the way they want to, until someone shows up to wage war on them in season 2 and take the park back from the hosts? I definitely think she is going to have a part in the finale, but probably more with Delores' dad in cold storage. If she gets put down there with all of them and him, then she will really have her army.
Odds of this happening: 60%
Young William and the Man in Black are the same person.
A popular theory indeed, and one that I think is completely plausible. It explains why Lawrence had two different story lines that were never explained. It makes sense when you connect the dots from episode 8 and MIB says in a sarcastic tone "my wife knew that I had changed and besides this place reveals who you really are" which is what young William told Delores in a sincere manner, not the sarcastic way MIB said it. The two time lines at the same time also explains why Delores can be in two places at seemingly the same time.
Something about him changes from Young William to the old MIB and I think that happens this week when he see's something truly horrible happen to Delores and then she goes back to her normal loop after having that memory erased. Logan just showed up, so does that mean William watches him torture Delores and that makes William snap? Is that the incident 30 years ago that present day people are talking about? Is that what leads the company they are there for to buy the park and that is who owns it in the current day setting? Ford didn't seem concerned with MIB in the least, but does that mean he knows he is just a lost soul that was changed by his creation so he appeases him by letting him find his own narrative?
Odds of this happening: 85%
Delores is Wyatt
Now hear me out before you just dismiss this. I'm not saying that Wyatt and Delores are the same person, I'm saying that Wyatt is the present day version of what Delores did. Do you remember when Ford said that Wyatt was new, but he is based on something that really happened? Great. Now do you also remember the flashbacks/memories that Delores and Teddy have where "Wyatt" killed everyone and Teddy was there to help? Why is Delores seeing the same memory as Teddy? She isn't seeing a memory, they don't have memory they have recollection of what actually happened. Do you also remember MIB saying that Teddy would lead him to Wyatt, but earlier Teddy and Delores would always meet in the same loop? Me too!
Delores loses her shit and murders everyone there, including Logan, which shouldn't be able to happen because he is a human. Remember that being in love is the key to sentient, so her malfunctioning and seeing different things is going to make her able to override her code and kill Logan after he tortured her and is going to kill William. That is the real key to being human. Devastating heartbreak. That is why Arnold created her to lose her father and try to fall in love with the stranger in town. It's to unlock the level of heartbreak that you can only feel when you truly love someone and they are taken from you. It happened to Delores and happened to Maeve and that is why William will return as MIB when he didn't feel the same after his wife died.
Odds of this happening: Who the fuck knows, but it sounds cool and I put a lot of thought into it.
What is really going on is a complete mystery, but that is why I love this show so much. It is smart and just when you think you have it figured out, then you don't know anything. One of these could be what happens or none of them, or parts of all three. I'm having just as much fun thinking about what might happen as I am finding out what really did happen and that is rare in a series. Buckle up and enjoy the ride because things are about to get wild.
Stephen Balding is the founder of Cinema Soapbox. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org