Once again #Westworld swoops in with another brilliant episode that is sure to astound and confuse you more than ever. We're now at the halfway point of Season 1, and it almost seemed like in response Episode 5, "Contrapasso" kicked things up a gear.
This week we finally saw Dolores completely shed her "damsel in distress" image and fire a gun, as well as Mr Ford and the Man in Black meet within the park. While back at headquarters, Elsie realized that someone is trying to smuggle information outside of the park, and in a new storyline Felix the body repairman and Maeve seem like they're about to realize they're both striving for similar things.
It's a mad old Westworld out there, so strap in an take a look take a look at the five things you might have missed from Westworld Episode 5, "Contrapasso."
1. At least some of the hosts are based on real people
After the events of Episode 2, when Ford entered the park and started chatting with a young host who bore a striking resemblance to him, theorists have claimed that the boy was a younger version of the park creator. Now, with Ford revealing that he — like the boy — had a brother, and with the boy's reappearance in "Contrapasso," it seems like too much of a coincidence to ignore.
It's also incredibly fitting that Ford — who thinks of himself as a sort of God — would create a host in his image. The boy appears to be a sort of son of God figure who keeps his eye on things on the ground level, such as letting Ford know when the Man in Black has visited certain areas in the park.
Given that the boy seems to be a recreation of boyhood Ford, it also seems likely that other hosts are recreations of real life people. For example Teddy, who has died over a 1000 times according to Ford, could have been a nemesis of Fords, perhaps a childhood bully or a professional rival. And what about Dolores? Ford seems to have particular disdain for the old host. Is she based on a old lover, his mother, or someone else entirely?
2. Arnold sparked Dolores memory using an interesting piece of history
When we first come across Dolores in Episode 4, she was standing among a strange graveyard containing crosses with bells dangling off them. These bells actually had the rather ingenious purpose of acting as the last measure to guarantee that a person wasn't buried alive, and were particularly popular in the 19th century. When the corpse was buried, a string was tied to their hand which was attached to a bell on their grave marker. The idea was that if the person buried was actually still alive, these 'safety coffins' ensured they'd be able to pull the string and alert someone to their unfortunate predicament.
Interestingly, as Dolores stands in the graveyard and hears the tinkling of one of these bells, the voice of the deceased Arnold tells her to "find me." As Redditor nomsumpisces points out, although Arnold is dead his programming is not, and the tinkling of the bell is a trigger for her to find whatever Arnold has buried in her mind. Dolores has been hearing Arnold for some time now, so it seems like his technique is working and it's only a matter of time before she'll pull him up from her memory entirely.
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3. The clever names strike again with Lawrence a.k.a El Lazo
The clever names of the hosts in Westworld have been mentioned before, so it was a delight to have another one crop up in Episode 5. Throughout the episode we heard about the gang leader El Lazo, who was revealed as Lawrence. However as Redditor Doublerolls pointed out, the naming of El Lazo works on several different levels.
Firstly "El Lazo" literally means "the loop" or "the lasso," or even "the noose" when translated to English. Obviously we know that if Lawrence's narrative is left untampered, it ultimately ends with him being hanged by a noose. However, for most of the time we've known Lawrence his noose has actually been used a lasso by the Man in Black. But hanged, dragged or otherwise, in the end Lawrence's story always ends up looping on itself. A pretty clever name really, right?
4. Is the Man in Black the board executive (or even more than that)?
Last week, while Ford and Theresa talked, we learned that the board has already sent representative to the park without Theresa's knowledge, something which instantly had fans wondering whether the representative could possibly be Logan, who had already mentioned his family's interest in the company. However, another big theory is that the representative is the Man in Black, who we already know has VIP status and is incredibly wealthy.
This week that theory became even stronger when the MiB revealed how much he knew about the construction of the hosts, and how their make up had actually been changed several years ago to cut costs. In fact, the theory about the MiB being invested in the park got even stronger when he revealed that he bailed the park out following Arnold's death. Now it suddenly looks possible that he's actually the owner of the park — or at least the majority shareholder — having bailed Ford out all those years ago. After years visiting the park, the MiB has admitted that the mystery of the maze is the last facet of the park he is yet to solve, and perhaps he's embarking on this journey as a sort of last hurrah before selling the park to new buyers - potentially Logan's family.
5. Maeve and Felix are two of a kind
Perhaps even more so than Dolores, Maeve has been steadily unravelling the secrets of Westworld and Delos Incorporate. Maeve has worked out that the hosts are brought back to the bodyshop repair to under go surgery before being released back to the park. It's clear that Maeve is trying to break out of her role as a host, after understanding that there's much more to her world than she initially believed.
Meanwhile, in a parallel storyline we have bodyshop repairman, Felix who is essentially trying to do the same. After stealing a bird and a behavior control tablet, Felix is attempting to fix the bird and hopefully secure himself a promotion from "butcher" to coder. And, by the end of the episode it looks like he achieved his task of fixing the bird... Only to find it sitting on Maeve's hand.
After seeing both Maeve and Felix try to break out of their roles, it was a pretty cool move for the series to bring them both together. So the question is now, with the pair both wanting to achieve something more than they have currently, will they work together in order to elevate their positions?
Watch Westworld Episode 6 on HBO on Sunday, November 6
What did you think of Episode 5, "Contrapasso?"