After one hell of a pilot episode, it's clear HBO has a new hit series on its hands in Westworld. But after taking viewers inside the immersive theme park, as well its control center, it soon became clear that something big was happening at Westworld, though what exactly that might turn out to be is unclear at this stage.
While it seems we're destined to be in mystery for awhile longer, there was one thing that might indicate where this whole saga is going to end up - the quote that originally came from Peter Abernathy, and was repeated to Stubbs by his daughter, Dolores: "These violent delights have violent ends."
Now, the quote itself wasn't a huge reveal to viewers, having been used by HBO in the Westworld teaser trailer released back in June, however its context within the show was interesting. It was first uttered after Peter Abernathy found a picture of a girl in Times Square. Peter, perplexed by the photo, started malfunctioning and going off-script before whispering the quote into his daughter's ear.
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But while by itself the quote seems bizarre coming from the mouth of a cattle rancher, the park's creator, Mr. Ford explains that the android had once played a Shakespeare-quoting professor in a horror narrative about cannibalistic cultists, and was simply accessing former memories.
The quote itself comes from Act 2, Scene 6 of Romeo And Juliet, and was spoken by Friar Laurence as a warning to Romeo over his haste to marry Juliet. Here's the whole quote:
These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, Which as they kiss consume. The sweetest honeyIs loathsome in his own deliciousness And in the taste confounds the appetite.Therefore love moderately. Long love doth so.Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.
Talk about an eloquent warning!
In this scene in Romeo and Juliet, the Friar asks the heavens to bless the marriage, no matter what hardships befall them. However in return Romeo challenges "love-devouring death" to "do what he dare," for he believes that as long as he's with Juliet, nothing else matters. In return the Friar utters the quote above, basically telling the young groom that only something bad can come from having so much good at once, and advises him to "love moderately" if he wants a long-lasting love.
This quote clearly contains some great advice for the creators and guests of Westworld, who act with little or no consequence inside the park. In fact in the very scene after Peter whispers this quote in Dolores ear, one of them gleefully takes it upon himself to gun down two bandits. However, much like Romeo ignored the warnings of Friar Laurence, it seems as though the employees of Westworld may be destined to do the same of Peter and Dolores' warning, and Westworld looks to have been set on a journey bound to have a similarly tragic end.
Watch Westworld when it returns to HBO with Episode 2 'Chestnut' on October 9.
What did you think of Episode 1 of Westworld?