With only a few days left until the Westworld finale, it’s time to put our thinking caps on – or our brain scanning Stetsons, if you prefer – and take a deep dive into the “The Passenger” teaser! There is a ton of information contained in the 85 second video, so we will break it down shot by shot. Let’s take a look at the clues hidden inside and do some theorizing, shall we?
First, check out the teaser below if you haven’t seen it yet:
It opens – perhaps unsurprisingly – with three shots of doors. First, we see a set of doors inside the Delos Mesa facility. These look to be the same doors we will see bulls crash through later.
This appears to be the entrance to the underground facility Akecheta (Zahn McClarnon) saw being built in “Kiksuya;” likely leading to the Forge. An earlier trailer showed William (Ed Harris) striding toward this entrance with knife in hand.
Here we have Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) opening a door from what looks like the Mariposa in Sweetwater. The aspect ratio indicates this is a simulation, which means Dolores is probably inside the Forge here. The figure behind her is most likely Bernard (Jeffrey Wright).
The background behind Bernard looks similar to the Cradle, so I believe he is standing in the Forge facility as we hear Dolores’ voice saying “freeze all motor functions.” If she is saying this to Bernard, I don’t see how the command would work since he is awake…
We see a white dune buggy, which appears to be the one Bernard was driving, headed through the desert to the Valley Beyond.
Bernard looks at something in the distance – he may be preparing to enter the Forge facility here.
We hear Dolores say “let’s try again” as the next six images flash in quick succession. This could indicate she is building a host and testing it given the scenes we see next. First, Dolores places a host pearl onto a holding device. Since this is how Bernard accessed the Cradle, I imagine it’s a similar process here – it could be Abernathy’s pearl, the key to unlock the Forge. Or perhaps she is getting ready to code it for someone…
Here is a blurry shot of Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) standing behind a skeleton. Could this be the one he was building in his secret lab in season one? Or is it someone new?
Bernard places a skull inside a circular device – possibly preparing it for control unit insertion.
In the next three shots, we see Bernard standing on the beach where Strand’s (Gustaf Skarsgård) team found him in the season premiere. He appears to lie down voluntarily, so maybe this is all part of a setup?
It’s difficult to make out the figure in this scene, but I think it’s William on his way to the Valley Beyond.
The next several shots take us back to the Mesa, where Maeve (Thandie Newton) seems to be making her escape in a sequence we first saw way back in the Westworld Super Bowl trailer. Bulls crash through the doors from the very first shot in the teaser, most likely commanded by Maeve. This security team doesn’t stand much of a chance I’m afraid.
Oh look, the gang’s all here! Armistice (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal), Felix (Leonardo Nam), Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman), Sylvester (Ptolemy Slocum), Hector (Rodrigo Santoro), and Hanaryo (Tao Okamoto) look on in amazement as they realize Maeve didn’t need them to come to the rescue after all.
Brave, or incredibly stupid?
Incredibly stupid for the win.
Don’t mess with Maeve! I just hope she was able to patch herself up first and isn’t wearing the cloak to hide her gaping wounds…
Bernard and Dolores are inside the Forge simulation, standing on the streets of Sweetwater.
We hear Dolores say “that which is real is irreplaceable” before the next sequence of four images. Dolores sees a version of herself walk by. Is this a backup version of her, or is this just part of the scenery for the guests whose minds are all uploaded here?
Still in the Forge, we see James Delos (Peter Mullan) in a lab, probably during one of his tests. Bernard and Dolores walk by in the background with Logan (Ben Barnes), who seems to be guiding them through the simulation.
Dolores and Bernard appear to be at a party in the Delos mansion, still inside the Forge.
Next we have a heartbreaking shot of Dolores holding Teddy’s body back in the park – not ready to let go.
Dolores walks down stairs which look like they are somewhere in the Forge version of the Mesa, with Bernard and Logan in tow.
The trio stands in a kitchen, probably in the Delos mansion, as William’s voice says “this is the end.”
Bernard and Dolores look out over a vast library inside the Forge. We see a shot of Dolores reading one of the books in an earlier trailer. Could these be memory logs for the guests contained here?
Dolores and William ride together – perhaps preparing to enter the Forge – as William’s voice says “nothing else is in the way now.”
Next we see Dolores, Armistice, and someone from Delos security – all looking like they are ready for battle.
William puts his gun to Dolores’ head. She doesn’t look too worried; she’s probably betting he won’t be able to pull the trigger (he won’t).
Dolores tells someone in the Forge facility, “We will win.”
Ghost Nation warriors lock arms, showing solidarity in the face of an upcoming battle.
We hear Logan say “I can see the bottom” as water flows toward Bernard and a dead Ghost Nation host.
Dolores’ voice comes back in, saying “you woke me from a dream Bernard” as Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) walks with Bernard, Strand, and two security members. Could they be entering the Forge facility here?
Another security member looks to be holding a gun on Maeve.
We see Logan inside the Forge telling someone (probably his father, who is walking away from him in a similar scene later) “don’t you want to see what I see?”
The next two shots appear to be scenes we’ve already witnessed – Charlotte interrogating Bernard and Dolores testing Bernard for his fidelity to Arnold. These must be here for a reason…
Ford’s voice states “there’s only one question left to ask” as Clementine (Angela Sarafyan) rides into a group of hosts in the valley. In the background, it looks like the sky is opening up?
Hector and Maeve watch Clementine approach.
Maeve appears to realize Clementine is being used as a weapon, commanding the hosts to turn on each other, as she yells “run!” You can clearly see the opening behind her, which shows a bluer sky and greener land on the other side. Does this indicate the park is in a dome, or maybe that the background is a hologram?
Bernard asks the question Ford referenced earlier, saying “will you help me?” This is not inside the Forge, so it looks like Bernard didn’t get Ford out of his head after all…
Armistice and Hanaryo fight for their lives in the valley.
Charlotte rides in a Delos buggy with her security team.
Some kind of device shoots rays toward the sky – this is probably what is responsible for the opening we saw in earlier shots.
Man versus bull, again not going very well for man.
Dolores and Bernard walk through the Forge facility, with a drone host in the background.
Bernard standing in the Forge, perhaps preparing to send his mind inside.
Dolores and Bernard walk through James Delos’ observation room inside the Forge.
A bloodied James Delos holds someone at gunpoint inside the Forge’s version of Sweetwater. This looks like the final Delos bot who went crazy and cut up his face, so I’m not quite sure what to make of this.
I believe Bernard and Dolores are approaching the Delos mansion inside the Forge here.
James Delos walks away from Logan inside the Forge.
A robot hand uses a laser pen to write in a book – likely one that we see inside the Forge’s library.
William is inside the Forge here, but it’s unclear if this is his mapped consciousness or if he inserted himself somehow (cue the “William is a host” theorists!).
The surviving hosts head to the opening in the valley – is it widening, or is water pouring in at the bottom?
In perhaps one of the most intriguing shots, Charlotte sees a host version of herself. Is this the body we see with Ford and Bernard in the earlier shots? Since we don’t see Dolores at all in the most recent timeline, did she insert herself into this Charlotte bot? Those two juxtaposed scenes of Charlotte and Dolores both talking to Bernard could be a clue. If this is what happened, then perhaps all the most recent timeline scenes of “Charlotte” were actually Dolores, and she is leading Strand’s team into a trap (which I’ve believed she was doing since the premiere).
Akecheta is fighting new Maeve here . Since he is self-aware, I doubt he is being commanded by Clementine – but she may be. He may have to kill new Maeve to protect himself.
Hector is fighting for his life among the Clementine-controlled hosts.
Maeve attempts to use her Jedi mind trick powers to stop the host massacre, but will she succeed? Perhaps Maeve will – tragically – have to kill Clementine to end it.
What do you think Bernard and Dolores will learn inside the Forge? Does William manage to destroy it like he planned? Is Dolores masquerading as Charlotte in the most recent timeline and leading Delos into a trap in the valley? Give us your predictions in the comments!