Logan’s Surprise Fate Revealed

What really happened to the Man in Black’s brother-in-law

Logan in Westworld

Although Westworld’s season finale, “The Bicameral Mind,” provided a fair amount of resolution to the various storylines that percolated throughout the whole year (Dolores Abernathy’s [Evan Rachel Wood] quest for sentience, for example, or revealing the Man in Black’s [Ed Harris] mysterious backstory), there were a few choice plot threads left dangling, providing more than enough seed for new narratives to sprout from in the second season.

One of these future possibilities has been drawn into clearer focus thanks to none other than Jimmi Simpson, who portrayed the coming-of-age William in season one (but not, sadly, in season two, as the character has served his purpose [for now, at least]).

When speaking to Insider, the actor clarified the final scene for his partner in crime and future brother-in-law, Logan (Ben Barnes), which saw him being stripped naked and literally riding off into the sunset, at the very edge of the park. Rather than implying that Logan would be left to die out in the themed hinterlands, Simpson explains, the scene was meant to be the basis for a frame job, allowing William to say that the man’s had something of a mental breakdown and, therefore, is not fit to run the mysterious company (Delos itself, perhaps?) that his future in-laws operate:

It’s just one more bit of evidence [William] can go to [Logan’s] father with and say, “Look – let’s just be honest with each other. He can stay on, he can stick around on the letterhead, but you know I’ll run the company, and it will be very successful for this reason and this reason.”

There are two interesting points to make in regards to this little revelatory nugget. First and foremost, it is somewhat ironic that Billy would be the one to pass another off as mentally unstable, given his dissection of a whole horde of Confederado hosts (in “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” episode 108) – unless, of course, that was retroactively made into yet another manufactured example of dear Logan’s purported breakdown. And secondly, the fact that the brother-in-law is still alive and out there opens up the possibility for several intriguing scenarios in season two, including his return in either the past or present – or some other time period that we have yet to explore; after all, if the showrunners have already gone on the record that anyone can return to the series, then why not a character who has such a strong established relationship with the audience already?

Let’s say Logan returns (with or without Ben Barnes). What would you want to see in such a storyline? Tell us in the comments.

10 responses to “Logan’s Surprise Fate Revealed”

  1. I think it’s strongly implied that Logan’s company is in fact Delos. In fact, doesn’t he actually say to William “Delos is my company!” during their final scene together? I need to do another rewatch!

    Eric Roberts should play present day Logan in S2 – he has the ageing former-pretty-boy sleazebag thing down to an art. 😀

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  2. Thie big problem with all of this is ignoring the ability to monitor everything. At his lunch with Theresa, Ford makes a point to say they know everything about their guests…down to the detail of knowing which table she sat at with her parents. Is it realistic to think William’s massacre is not recorded in some capacity, by the massacred Hosts’ themselves if not by overhead surveillance directly? The same would hold true, in theory, for Logan’s nude departure. The “out” is that is the type of data the company does not have access to b/c it all resides internally and with Ford.

    I’d say it is more realistic that the manner with which William takes over includes Logan’s father being fully aware of what happened and approving of William’s actions. He likely knows his son was not fit to run things and perhaps the only thing missing from William was the killer instinct needed to run something that large/valuable.

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    • Wyatt’sDad,

      This is actually something I’ve been thinking a lot about, too. Seems appropriate for the in-depth features we have in the works for the next several weeks.

      I look forward to having that discussion with you in the very near future. =)

      ~M.

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  3. Interesting. To me it seemed like the character had served its purpose. But with the host uprising going on, who knows what might happen.

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  4. Congratulations to westworld on its nominations for TV actress drama ( Evan), thandie (supporting actress) and Best drama series at the Golden Globes! (And yes GOT got drama nom and Lena got nominated)

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  5. In some of the other threads, people wondered if Logan was still out there, wandering around. To me there was never a doubt that he would be rescued, and fairly quickly, too, based on everything we learned about the park in all the prior episodes.

    First of all, yes, it was said that the park knows everything about every guest. And if a guest is paying, what was mentioned, $40,000 a day?! to participate, then that guest is in the upper financial strata of the world. An entity such as an amusement park wouldn’t be cavalier with such an enthusiastic repeat paying customer. Remember, this is a business. Logan would have contracted and paid for a certain amount of time. When his paid time is up, there would be concerted efforts to contact the dude, wherever he was in the park, and discretely inquire about his wish to stay longer, and arrangement made for payment of an extended time.

    We also already know that they know all the actions, whereabouts and intents of every guest. Remember when they wanted to call in all the hosts to get the reveries wiped, and mention was made of a family with children who were coming in early? They knew where those people were, and what they were doing. The would know the same about Logan. At the very least, they would send a host out to wherever he was on his horse, to make an assessment of whether his naked ride was a new level of depravity he was exploring or if he needed help. We already saw a host sent out to Dolores at one point, to “get her back on her loop.” We saw Charlotte Hale easily find MIB out in the hinterlands, and walk directly up to him, in high heels, no less. So no, there are no lost, withered Logan bones baking in the sun. They would get to him quickly.

    I’d love to see young Logan in future episodes, maybe showing him wildly explaining to his sister what William did in the park, or protesting when his own father believed and promoted William over him. The irony of the whole thing, is that even though Logan was somewhat of a brutish sleaze, he wasn’t crazy – he actually had the gist of how the park operated down pretty well. He was more the realist and William was the crazy dreamer. William was a little slow to understand. William as MIB was still slow to understand – numerous hosts (Angela, the little girl) told him the maze wasn’t for him, he chose not to believe it. He had “Wyatt” in his arms, looking her in the face and chose to beat the shit out of her, again; he had the maze puzzle toy in his hands and Ford telling him that, yes, this was the center of the maze, and he STILL didn’t get it.

    Great writing, great and memorable characters. Hopefully, WW will be around and still as interesting when GoT finally says farewell. For now, it’s nice to have them both.

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  6. Perhaps Logan painted his face and became the leader of Ghost Nation. Kidnapping Stubbs and Elsie to exploit their expertise with the hosts and somehow sabotage William/MiB’s master plan for Delos

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