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Best Westworld Season 2 Theories
Somewhere around the middle of Westworld’s first season, fans across the internet (particularly Reddit) had already solved the major twist that wouldn’t be revealed until the finale. They’d spotted all the clues and realized that this show was taking place along two different timelines—and that Man in Black (played by Ed Harris) is really an older William (played by Jimmi Simpson). This Westworld community did so well at unraveling the show that they even got a seal of approval from creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.
With that in mind, it’s important to take some of these fan theories seriously when it comes to Season Two. We’ve rounded up some of the biggest theories ahead of Sunday’s premiere (some of which have already even been more or less confirmed).
We’ll finally see the real world…
“We want to feel like the show is rocketing ahead,” Nolan told Entertainment Weekly recently. “The first season was a journey inward; this is a journey outward. It’s a search for what else is in the park, and what else is beyond the park.” This seems like a clear indication that Westworld will finally travel to the real world—something that remained a mystery in Season One. But fans have taken that one step further.
…Where Dolores has continued her relationship with William.
In the trailer for Westworld Season Two, we see Dolores dressed in plain clothes. “I know what is out there,” she says in a voice over. And, as one Reddit theory suggests, this is taking place outside of the park before the events of the revolution in Season One, where she’s been living with younger William.
This could make sense for the following reasons: 1. William is now the CEO of Delos and the financier of Westworld, keeping the park afloat. This means bar he may theoretically be able to do crazy things like taking hosts outside of the park (to drum up more investment for the park, etc.) 2. The scene with Dolores in the white dress sitting at the piano has a shot of the back of a man’s head, which looks surprisingly like a younger William. 3. We know that the show loves to play with time.
Clearly, William has always felt something special for Dolores. What if he took her outside of the park, and continued their relationship. We know that his personal life was rocky and that his wife killed herself in the real world. Was William’s continued relationship with Dolores the cause of their marital problems that led to her suicide? Does William blame Dolores for this and banish her to the park, leading to his vengeful return to Westworld and murder of Dolores during the season 1 pilot?
Perhaps the Dolores who is reaching consciousness had these memories of the real world erased, and in Season Two she’ll be working toward remembering them.
Shogun World has been confirmed, but what about the other parks?
From the trailers and interviews leading up to Season Two, we know that Shogun World will be at least briefly explored in the coming episodes. But this world is much bigger than two parks. Fans uncovered a few weeks ago that Delos, the company that owns Westworld, also operates a total of six parks. Nolan and Lisa Joy have hinted that they may include Medieval World and Roman World, which were part of the original 1973 film, and Futureworld, from the 1976 sequel.
Dolores enters Futureworld.
Now, this could be another explanation for the plainclothes Dolores, who seems to be shown in a modern setting in the first trailer. Rather than the real world, is it possible she’s in one of the other parks? Or, and I may be getting ahead of myself here, is it possible that Dolores exits Westworld, thinks she’s in the real world, but it turns out she’s just in Futureworld? (Now that’s a layered twist Westworld would approve of.)
Dolores is modeled after a real woman.
Okay, I promise this is the last one explaining those plainclothes Dolores shots, but one convincing Reddit theory suggests that Dolores was modeled after someone that Ford or Arnold knew when the park was being built:
What if the Host Dolores was modeled after a real-life person from back when the park was first being built, and these images we’re seeing of Dolores in the black dress are flashbacks to that person? This woman that Host Dolores was modeled after was someone that Arnold was in love with. That he cheated on his wife (Gina Torres) with. Maybe this Real Person Dolores is actually the one who put it in Arnold’s head that the hosts can achieve consciousness and there are serious ethics issues at play here? It would make sense for Anthony Hopkins to despise, on some level, this host who looks exactly like her. And how poetic would it be for the doppelgangers of the woman who inspired the idea that hosts could achieve consciousness be the one who leads the host revolution?
Certainly this show will need to connect what has happened in the last 30 years to the significance of Dolores and the robot uprising. What explains Ford and Arnold’s fascination with Dolores in particular?
Ford is definitely dead, but is there a robot Ford lurking about?
Shortly after Season One, Westworld fans were convinced that the man Dolores shot in the finale was not Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins), but a host version of himself that he’d built. Nolan quickly dispelled that theory, telling IGN “that was definitely a real Ford.” But perhaps this is another situation like we saw with Arnold, who died and was rebuilt as a host. Is it possible that Ford had built a host version of himself to carry on with his work after his death? Or perhaps he figured out a way to take it a step further and transfer his consciousness into a robot body. (If that’s the case he’d probably not go with an 80-year-old Anthony Hopkins body, right?)
Ford was really just a host the whole time.
Now, despite what Nolan confirmed above, this could still be a viable theory. If Ford was a host the whole time, then Dolores definitely shot “a real Ford.” According to one Reddit theory, Ford was actually the first host built by the real Arnold before his death.
1) He can control hosts without voice commands 2) Conversation with Katherine: “our arrangement far too valuable” “you people want to play God, I just want to tell our little stories” 3) Conversation with MiB: “if you want the moral to the story, you need only ask” MiB-“The man i would have to ask has been dead for 35 years / i wonder what he left behind” 4) He has a secret host family, makes sense if Arnold built all of them 5) He is the only member of the corporation in what is seemingly the future, who dresses in a vintage fashion from a bygone era.
This certainly would explain many of Ford’s motives in Season One, along with his cryptic speeches to the other hosts.
Everyone is a host!
This is a theory that goes way back, that’s still entirely possible. Here’s an old theory that was proposed more than a year ago that is pretty in depth. And another one that is a little more concise:
The guests and Delos employees were just a second tier of hosts that believed they were from the modern world. All actually synthetic androids themselves. The real guests come to be part of a meta Westworld experience where they get to play as Westworld hosts leading a robot rebellion against the host guests and Delos employees.
Fuck it! Why not? And while we’re at it, maybe Season Three will take us to Game of Thrones World, where guests pretend like they’re inside a popular HBO show. Meta af.