TL;DR: The hosts are alive. Everyone else is fucked.
Maeve (Thandie Newton) gets herself made over completely thanks to that little fire she and Hector (Rodrigo Santoro) started in Episode 9 of Westworld. This also makes it easy for Sylvester (Ptolemy Slocum) and Felix (Leonardo Nam) to remove that pesky little explosive device that keeps her from leaving Westworld.
This also means Maeve now has Hector and Armistice (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) on hand to help her with escaping. In the process, she visits poor Clementine (Angela Sarafyan) in the retirement room for naughty hosts. Bernard’s (Jeffrey Wright) body is also discovered there. Surprising Felix, Maeve asks him if Bernard can be brought back online. While he is supposed to have some damaged parts to his core programming, Bernard seems to manage just fine in the Season 1 finale of Westworld.
Along the way it is also discovered Maeve is not actually self-aware but programmed by Arnold to want to escape Westworld. When confronted with this reality, does Maeve give a fuck? Hell no, she doesn’t! She blows that joint, indicating the way they (We? Is this analogy? I don’t know) are programmed is still more important than being self-aware or conscious. Maeve makes it all the way onto the departing train before the location of her “daughter” given to her by Felix starts to drag on her and she ends up returning to Westworld. However, as I was reading in an article by Vanity Fair, perhaps Maeve’s escape and resultant return to Westworld was really just a decoy plan by Dr. Ford. But more on that later…
Dolores / Man in Black
Where the actual fuck do I even start with the whole Dolores / Man in Black / William storyline?
For starters, that Westworld theory about the Man in Black being an older version of William is bang on the money. The Man in Black (Ed Harris) reveals this to Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) as he is trying to get her to explain the Maze Game to her. Turns out, however, the jokes on the Man in Black because the Maze Game is a tool to help hosts become self-aware and not for the humans at all.
However, the joke turns out not to be on the Man in Black at all later on, because he really just wants Dolores and/or the other hosts in Westworld to become self-aware so the game is more real by eliminating the fact hosts are conditioned to not harm humans. When they are self-aware that part of their programming disappears. Yeah, basically, the Man in Black is suicidal.
Dolores is as glitchy as fuck in Episode 10, and part of this is the fact we are watching, essentially, a pile of different timelines for her.
First, we have the timeline where she walks up for the first time as a host. She is so new, in fact, that Arnold — yes, Arnold! — hasn’t even covered her completely with skin yet, so you get to see her as a half robot/ half human creation that is rad as fuck.
There is another timeline showing Dolores as a new host wandering the halls of Westworld.
Next, up there is the timeline showing her and William that we have seen for the most part already in Season 1 of Westworld. Dolores is getting confused because she is starting to become self-aware and William knows that.
The next time frame is that one viewers have been given glimpses of with Dolores and Teddy (James Marsden) killing all the hosts in Westworld. This is a result of Arnold not wanting the park to open knowing the hosts will have to suffer over and over again at the hands of humans. Arnold programmed Dolores to kill all the hosts and himself in a last effort attempt to get Westworld closed before it had even opened. Somehow, Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) still managed to get the park opened though.
Another time frame actually sort of runs concurrently with the next time frame and involves the newest narrative Dr. Ford is unveiling.
Finally, we get to see Dolores in what can only be considered the present day (although, knowing Westworld, I am reserving my opinion on this time frame until at least Season 2). Here, she discovers who Arnold really is, and, in my opinion, actually becomes fully self-aware. The only reason I say that is because, when Arnold got her to kill all the hosts originally, Dr. Ford reveals that she had been programmed that way and it wasn’t actually her conscious decision. However, when a similar event occurs in the Season 1 finale, it is not mentioned she has been programmed that way, whereas, it was mentioned Maeve had been programmed and was not actually self-aware.
So, yes, another shootout occurs at the hands of Dolores. But more on that in a moment because we have to talk about Arnold now.
Arnold / Bernard
Episode 10 of Westworld sees the revelation Bernard is a host that Dr. Ford made in Arnold’s image. This goes a long way to explaining a lot of what we have seen in previous episodes between “Bernard” and Dolores. That was actually Arnold when he was alive, helping Dolores to become self-aware.
He doesn’t quite get her there though, having to program her at the end, merging her with a new narrative called “Wyatt” in the process, when he realises it would be cruel for the hosts to become fully conscious and have to live the same fucked up reality of death and rape forever at the hands of the humans.
So, last week in Episode 9 of Westworld, I was hating on Dr. Ford pretty badly. However, the Season 1 finale goes a long way to explaining his behaviour. You see, now that Dr. Ford discovers Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) and Delos are forcing him into an early retirement he implements his latest narrative.
Well, two actually.
The first is the official one with Dolores and Teddy called “Journey into Night” and involves Dolores on a mission to find the ocean. Teddy tags along to help her before she dies in his arms at the water’s edge. Delos loves it.
The second one, which I have titled “Violent Delights,” Delos doesn’t like at all. Because it involves Dolores shooting as many Delos employees as she can.Meanwhile, a bunch of the retired hosts are hanging around the edges just waiting to join in. I am assuming this is also a part of Ford’s plan. Although, Maeve might have been the instigator (still at the hands of Arnold, if you believe she is going back to her core Arnold coding or Ford if you believe he used her as a decoy to cause a ruckus while he implemented he secret narrative).
Ford finally admits he now believes Arnold was right in his assumption some hosts were self-aware. And that is why he has implemented his “Violent Delights” narrative, to try and get the park closed once more. Considering the hosts killed a heap of Delos employees this time around, it just might work. Although, considering there is now no one around in charge that has a true sympathy for the hosts, I worry about what will happen to them if this coupe doesn’t work.
Because, yes, Ford is now dead at the hands of Dolores, the assumption is she killed him of her own free will and is now planning to take over the world. And good luck, I say, because most of the humans in Westworld suck.
All the Rest
Now, remember that picture Peter Abernathy (Louis Herthum) found in the dirt back in Episode 1 of Westworld? It seemed to be the catalyst for him glitching out. Well, it turns out that picture was actually of William’s fiance, Juliet. I have absolutely no idea why it triggered Abernathy the way that it did, but there are plenty of people on Reddit trying to sort that shit out already.
Speaking of Abernathy, I know Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) discovered Abernathy and all the other retired hosts missing when he went to implement his “smuggle the host coding out of the park” plan, but, will Abernathy actually escape Westworld? We saw Clem in the bunch of hosts that attacked Delos at the end, indicating they were all present there. Considering Dolores managed to become self-aware and Abernathy was on the way there, could he perhaps do this one last job and then resort back to the Delos programming and blow the joint? Or will he be entirely self-aware now and not give a fuck about helping out Delos?
Can I just put it out there, will it ever be confirmed if Elsie (Shannon Woodward) is alive or dead? I know we saw Bernard strangle her, but we never actually saw her dead corpse… Also, what about Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth)?
Plus, what about Logan (Ben Barnes)? William set him free and naked on the back of horse some 30 years ago. Where the fuck is he now? Surely the park didn’t just forget about him?
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[Featured image via John P. Johnson/HBO]