Westworld Season 2 Bernard Theory

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Westworld Season 2 Bernard Theory

Earlier this week I spoke with Jeffrey Wright, who plays Arnold/Bernard in Westworld, a very sad robot who’s struggling with his entire existence as a whole and who was also ordered to shoot himself at one point. After the reveal in Season One that Bernard was actually a robot recreation of the dead creator of Westworld, anything goes with this character, especially given with how the show plays with time.

“Bernard as a machine and as a program means his memories are stored in close proximity to what he perceives as the present,” Wright told me. “Unlike humans, it allows us some interesting exploration regarding his relationship to time. We’ll begin to walk down that strange path with him as the season goes forward.”

So, within the context of the first episode of Westworld Season Two, Bernard woke up on the beach and is remembering his past—the events after Dolores’s massacre and before—in a non-linear way. He’s remembering them simultaneously in the same way we’re seeing them as kind of a non-linear shuffle on the show.

He also said something else about clues that go as far back as the Season One pilot:

In going back, I discovered that there are some flashing neon breadcrumbs that had been invisible to my eye in the the first reading, performing, and watching of the episode. In fact, there’s a scene, which I think may be the first scene that we shot for the pilot, that speaks to the overarching scene of Season Two. And I looked at that and was like, These clever bastards.

This immediately sent the Westworld Reddit scrambling for the clues that he was talking about. And they’ve come up with some interesting results.

Specifically this screenshot from the pilot:

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Do you see it?

That’s Bernard whispering something into Abernathy’s ear. Abernathy is of course the host that Delos is desperately trying to get their hands on. And the other thing is Bernard’s head, where there appears to be some sort of scar, which fans have theorized means the pilot (or at least this scene of the pilot) took place after Bernard was ordered to shoot himself toward the end of Season One.

This, of course, has sent the Westworld Reddit spiraling into theories. As one user suggests:

What if S01E01 events occur after the massacre in S01E10? In the lab while talking to Ford, Abernathy tells Ford “You don’t know where you are, do you? You’re in a prison of your own sins.” What if the Ford we see for most of S01 is a host version of the real Ford who was killed in the massacre?

And this would also align with the previous multiple Bernards theory, which was introduced this week. One Redditor posted this image from the last trailer:

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That would seem like pretty solid confirmation of the multiple Bernards theory. And here’s how this connects back to the scar. As another Redditor pointed out, the scar on Bernard’s head appears to come and go throughout the first episode:

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As the Redditor asks:

Bernard’s scar is missing in the beach scenes yet present in the scenes immediately following the hosts killing Ford. These scenes on the beach apparently take place about 2 weeks after the hosts killing Ford. We see in the season 2 trailer that there are multiple “clones” of Bernard so it’s possible that this is a different Bernard?

I mean, if Bernard can already be a robot who thought he was a human designing brains of robots who was actually a robot recreation of a human who invented robots who look like humans, than clones doesn’t seem like too big of a stretch. Anyway, there’s obviously something going on here, and in a few weeks we’ll know if we were right, or just idiots analyzing the shape of Wright’s head.

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