By the end of Westworld’s first season, most of the big theories had been confirmed. We discovered that Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) was a host modeled after Arnold Weber, William (Jimmi Simpson) had become the Man in Black (Ed Harris), Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) was responsible for the code changes in Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton) and the other hosts, and Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) was Wyatt.
There are some lingering questions, though, and they have fans wondering whether they will be addressed in season two.
Did Dr. Ford actually die?
Getting shot in the head seems like it should close the lid on Dr. Ford’s fate, but many fans believe otherwise. A theory suggests that Dolores either shot a host version of Ford, or that Ford uploaded his consciousness into a host before allowing Dolores to kill his physical body. It’s certainly possible – especially given his need for complete control – but if this is true, it makes his death completely meaningless. Dolores killing Ford was his way to atone for his past mistakes, and a necessary sacrifice to make way for the hosts’ evolution.
As much as I’d love Anthony Hopkins to return, I’d prefer for Ford to stay dead.
Did Maeve break free of her loop, or is she still being controlled?
When Maeve decided to get off the train to find her daughter in the Westworld finale, many speculated that she wasn’t making the choice herself – that it was still part of her programming. However, when we previously got a glimpse of her code, it clearly said “Infiltrate Mainland”; leaving the train conflicts with that directive. Also, showrunner Jonathan Nolan confirmed that Maeve was improvising here and making her “first real decision.” I believe Maeve is now truly free.
Can all the hosts become self-aware, or only the ones Arnold programmed?
We know that Arnold programmed an “inner voice” into his hosts, with the idea that eventually they would recognize that voice as their own consciousness. Unfortunately, most of the original hosts went insane. If Maeve did, indeed, gain consciousness, then she and Dolores are the only two to successfully do so (with Bernard being a possible third). Will the others be able to follow suit? Did Dr. Ford make this same adjustment to all the androids? It will be interesting to see how this plays out next season.
Why was Delos smuggling data out of the park?
One of the surprising revelations of Westworld’s first season was Theresa Cullen (Sidse Babett Knudsen) attempting to send data out of the park. And we later see Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) conspire with Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) to use the decommissioned Peter Abernathy (Louis Herthum) to accomplish this goal. What is Delos planning to do with this information?
Some fans believe they want to use it for military purposes, by building host soldiers. Another possibility is using the host technology to achieve a kind of immortality – uploading one’s consciousness into a host body that will never age or die. A third option (as seen in the sequel to the original Westworld movie, Futureworld) would be to replace world leaders with host “clones” that would be completely under Delos’s control.
Hopefully, we will learn more about their secret – and probably nefarious – plans in season two.
Where does Westworld take place?
Is the Westworld park in the American West? It seems unlikely, given the implied remoteness of the location. Staff rotate in and out of the park for extended periods, and contact with the outside world appears limited to video call stations. We also have the clue from Maeve’s programming that she was supposed to “Infiltrate Mainland.” Is that mainland on Earth or another planet? Is Westworld underwater, perhaps? Wherever it is set must be quite large, since we know now Westworld is only one of a series of parks. Perhaps we will see more of them, and the world outside, next season.
What happened to Elsie, Stubbs, and Logan?
When we last saw this trio of humans, Elsie Hughes (Shannon Woodward) was being choked by Bernard, Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) was being attacked by members of Ghost Nation, and Logan (Ben Barnes) was being sent – naked, on a horse – to the outer reaches of the park. It’s easy to assume that all three perished, but until we see the bodies, their deaths are far from certain.
In Elsie’s case, the Delos website gave fans hope that she may be alive. Following the finale, the site displayed a series of code, which was decrypted by Reddit user yenwood. It revealed a video clip showing Elsie’s location on a park map, as well as an audio file of her voice saying, “Hello?” If Elsie survived, perhaps she programmed the Ghost Nation hosts to bring Stubbs to her. In any case, their fates should be revealed when the show returns.
As for Logan, many fans initially suspected he died of dehydration or exposure in park. Jimmi Simpson (William) has contradicted this, though, by confirming his final scene with Logan was a “staged mental breakdown” meant to discredit Logan’s ability to run his father’s company. If Logan is still alive, we could see an older version of him in future episodes. He likely has some unfinished business with his brother-in-law, now the Man in Black (Ed Harris). Assuming William/MIB survives his encounter with the cold-storage hosts, that conflict could come to a head in season two.
What questions do you still have after season one? Let us know in the comments which theories you’d like to see confirmed when Westworld returns next year.