Do you have a set of Westworld theories? I bet you do. Since the series debuted, audiences have set out dissecting every line of dialogue and stayed eagle-eyed for every in-camera clue. It’s a rare feat when a television series can capture its audience’s imagination so consummately (and for some of us, compulsively) as Westworld has. We’re rapt in the story that’s unfolding and the history that precedes it, and more than half-way through the season, we’re not even sure where those two points meet. Is half of the series taking place in the past, as a popular theory suggests? At the same time, Westworld‘s basic concept immediately invited the question of where some of the human characters secretly hosts? And if they are, could they contain the memories and personality of someone who used to be human?
We don’t know yet, but If the theories are true, Westworld has built a world in which the past and the present overlap and intermingle, each playing an active part in the other’s narrative. By asking us to identify with the robotic hosts, Westworld has largely told its story through a series of unreliable narrators, carefully crafted personalities who aren’t even aware of their own reality. We never know if what we’re seeing is real, if it is happening now or a “reverie” of the past. We never know if what they’re saying is true, or a line of dialogue that was written for them. At the same time, the human characters are surrounded by such secrecy and warring interests, their motivations become even more mysterious. Creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have done an exceptional job of making sure every answer opens up new questions.
So now, let’s indulge in some rampant theorizing as we look back at the evidence Westworld has presented us so far. Here’s your official warning – this article is packed with spoilers for every episode through ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’ (Episode 9), and has a whole lot of speculation on what’s to come. So if you want to keep your life theory free….well you obviously clicked on the wrong article. So now that you’ve been warned, break out the tin foil for a deep dive into some of the series’ most intriguing mysteries. Heads up, this show is full of clues so this post is kind of a beast. I’ve broken it down by character and subject as best I can, but there’s a lot of overlap.
Note: I’ll be updating this weekly with the show’s biggest hints, tidbits and reveals, so keep an eye out for what we learn in the remaining episodes!