It's been a while since I've dipped my toes into the blogosphere waters so what better way to get them wet again than to dive into a little Westworld mischief.
Westworld is TV's new "It" series and it has created quite a bit of buzz developing a myriad of fan theories that I find myself drawn into. So from here on in keep your six shooter well oiled and be wary of spoilers!
So, most of Westworld fans are probably aware of the theories regarding two different timelines existing for Westworld. There is even another posited by Vanity Fair's Joanna Robinson that argues we may even be witnessing three different timelines as the show progresses!
My particular contribution is not so much how we and Westworld get to our final destination but what we find when we get there. In other words,
What the heck is at the center of the Maze? The Man in Black character played by Ed Harris certainly wants to know. It seems whatever it is, he is going to use it to bring down Westworld as a whole and end its theme park charade.
Granted, his motivations for such remain as cloudy as his true identity, but something is driving him to his apocalyptic endgame.
After the events of the last episode, "Contrapasso" I began to muse as to what is at the center of The Maze. You may recall the character of Logan being left behind by William and Dolores. Logan hasn't exactly endeared himself to William of late and the same goes for Dolores. It's been explained to us that you cannot kill a "guest" while at Westworld but that doesn't mean you can't take a bit of a beating. Of this, Logan was getting his fair share.
If the Man in Black is truly the William of the past could it be he is venturing into the maze in order to free his old "Frenemy" in Logan that hasn't been killed but has been kept there for the last thirty or so years! No, it wouldn't be MiB's primary reason for going in there but he did say he wanted to fix things. Perhaps Logan's disappearance led to the breakdown of William's relationship with Logan's sister to whom William was engaged to. Or perhaps it severely damaged their marriage wherein MiB/William has been trying to fix it ever since.
As fun as that sounds that wouldn't be the main reason the MiB is going into the maze.
One of the great theories circulating out there is the character of Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) is really one of the "Hosts" or robots that populate the Westworld park. He said to be a homage to Dr. Ford's dead friend, Arnold, that died in the park during its infancy. Much like Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) likes to talk to "Bill" in the sub-basement, he also like to interact with the replicant version of his old friend Arnold.
A nice but creepy gesture.
But what if Arnold isn't really dead? This is where I really take a leap down into the rabbit hole.
You may have noticed a man figure at the center of each maze diagram. (Somewhat visible in the scalp illustration above.) What if this man is Arnold?
No, not the physical embodiment of Arnold but the "AI" version instead!
Yes, I'm saying Arnold lives on in the center of the maze as an artificial intelligent entity.
Perhaps "AI Arnold" is laying in wait there for the perfect "Host". Maybe he feels safe there knowing even Dr. Ford can't find him. We might consider if the MiB "frees" AI Arnold this will lead to the destruction of Westworld he is hoping for.
For his part, Dr. Ford does not want this. Is AI Arnold a prisoner there? Maybe. I prefer to think he is hiding there from Ford. Ford may want just to talk to his old friend even if he is just a computer program albeit an intelligent one.
AI Arnold may have other plans.
If Ford has an inkling AI Arnold (AIA) is at the center of the maze that may be why he is discouraging the MiB from reaching there. But Ford is also curious as to whom Dolores has been speaking to. He even queried her as to the last time she talked to Arnold.
Dolores did to speak to someone after Ford left her interrogation. Was it AIA? That's what I am hoping for.
One last thought.
With all the religious imagery surrounding Westworld it occurred to me it acts as a stand in for Purgatory. A place where you are measured if you are ready for Heaven or should be consigned to Hell.
It's even your choice of what path to choose, white hat or black hat. How would you come out?