Four weeks into HBO's long awaited series #Westworld, and audiences are left more confused and enthralled by the mystery park than ever.
Episode 4, "Dissonance Theory" focussed mainly on events inside the Westworld, and even the storylines involving the humans moved inside the park, with Mr Ford revealing his true colors to a startled Theresa. Meanwhile, Maeve and Dolores continue to wake up to their reality, with one going drastically off narrative with guest William and the other remembering the hazmat suits of the park workers.
As this show continues to progress, we're getting few answers to a multitude of questions, but to be honest it's a delightful ride to be strapped into, especially with each episode revealing so many small and genius details. So, with that said take a look at the five things you might have missed from Westworld episode 4, "Dissonance Theory."
1. The maze is a test for hosts to slip into the real world?
As usual, Episode 4 of Westworld opened with Bernard questioning Dolores, and Dolores showing how far she's developing past her original programming - even describing her awakening using pieces of quotes from various scripts.
After Dolores mentions that she feels as though there's more to the world than what she knows, Bernard asks Dolores if she'd like to take part in a game known as "the maze." According to Bernard, "the goal is to find the center of it," and that "if you can do that then maybe you can be free." Obviously this is a pretty big revelation for both Dolores and us, and it seems as though this maze is probably the same maze the Man in Black is searching for.
If the maze that Dolores knows about, and the maze that the Man in Black is searching for truly are the same maze, then what Lawrence's daughter told the MiB — "The maze isn't meant for you." — suddenly makes sense.
The fact that Dolores, who Bernard has been trying to "awaken" for some time, has suddenly been offered the opportunity to explore the maze, seems to indicate that it is in fact for hosts and not humans. It also lends itself to the theory that perhaps the maze is the ultimate test of consciousness, and the possibility that after hosts manage to reach the center of the maze, hosts are let free into the real world. It's pretty mad to think about, but if a host could reach the top of Arnold's consciousness pyramid (which contained memory, improvisation, self interest and something to do with the theory of Bicameral Mind) then perhaps being allowed to live freely is the only reward.
2. The Man in Black apparently wears a white hat in the real world
After following the Man in Black around the park for several episodes, and watching him wreck some absolutely chaos (including bleeding a guy to the point of death, and then scalping him), it was a surprise to learn this episode that it seems as though he's a good guy in real life.
After coming across Armistice and her crew, the MiB joins them in order to gather information about the origins of her large, red snake tattoo, which he believes will lead him to the start of the maze. However, sitting around the camp fire at night another guest approaches the MiB and begins to tell him how much of an admirer of his he is, and that his foundation is responsible for saving his sister's life. But before the man can get much further, the MiB silences him by threatening to cut the man's throat if he interrupt his vacation again. Harsh.
We always knew the MiB was probably extremely rich, having talked about visiting the park for 30 years, and also having VIP status among the guests. However, it still came as a surprise to learn that out in the real world, the MiB is a not only a rich guy, but a good guy - or he at least started a foundation doing good things. What exactly his foundation does though is another mystery to be solved in later episodes.
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3. Dolores had a flashback of her digging at her own grave
This quick little moment was picked up by the eagle eyes of Redditor shine_o, and it's truly pretty amazing. After Dolores comes across Lawrence's daughter, the little girl (who seems to possibly be the most conscious of all the hosts?) triggers off a memory after saying that the pair of them came from the same place. During the flashbacks we see Dolores near a church with the very same steeple that we saw Ford near back in Episode 2.
The flashbacks progress when Dolores is talking with the undercover employee who is trying to get her back on narrative, and in them we see Dolores holding the gun and also digging at a grave - and this is when it gets really weird: The grave Dolores is digging at is her OWN.
Crazy shit, right? Obviously there are some rational explanations for this, including the idea that Dolores could have once played a different character - perhaps a different Abernathy family member, and the character of Dolores was played by another host who died. There's also the possibility that Dolores was confused, and saw her name on the marker instead of someone else's. Or there's even the theory that the hosts in the park are based on real life people who died - was there once a human version of Dolores Abernathy?
Then again, it could also be the fact that Dolores can now see that remaining in the park will mean her repeated death, and a sentence to a life repeating the same mundane narratives over and over. One thing's for sure, once those flashbacks were finished, Dolores gave the park employee the realest look we've seen from her yet:
Something tells me Dolores will be searching for that start of the maze ASAP.
4. The religious figures are from Ford's new narrative
In this episode we basically learned that Ford is a crazy son of a bitch who will do whatever it takes to get his way with his upcoming narrative. And it appears as though he's already implemented part of it with the introduction of the new religious figurines called "shades." According to Hector Escaton the Shades are from sacred native lord, and were sent from hell to oversee their world, and that seeing them is supposed to be a blessing.
However, as we knows — and Maeve is beginning to understand — the Shades are actually the employees of Westworld wearing hazmat suits. It seems pretty clever to turn something that already appears in the Westworld park into a deity, though if Hector says those who worship them consider them to have been sent from hell, does that essentially make Ford the devil? And despite everything we've been told implying the opposite, was Arnold actually the God-like one of the pair, the yin to Ford's yang? Damn, it's all getting very complicated.
5. How much does Ford know?
After seeming like a slightly eccentric park owner at the beginning of the season, Ford has quickly revealed he's a fully fledged crazy bastard by Episode 4, despite telling us/Theresa he's definitely not. It seems like he believes this latest narrative is destined to be his magnum opus, and is about to destroy anyone or anything in his way to achieve it.
During his frankly quite terrifying chat with Theresa, Ford made it very clear that he knows she's sleeping with Bernard, and that he knows more about the goings on of the park than she does, including that the board has already sent a representative to the park (could this possibly be someone like Logan or even the MiB?). He even went as far as to pick out the very same table and chair that Theresa sat in on a childhood visit to the park years ago, essentially treating her like a child, and making her just as powerless.
With this revelation, coupled with the advice Ford gave Bernard last week (to ensure he and his team treat the hosts like objects, not humans), it seems heavily implied that perhaps Bernard's secret chats with Dolores aren't as secret as he would think. But, then again if Ford does know about Bernard testing Dolores - why isn't he stopping him?
Watch Westworld Episode 5 on HBO on Sunday, October 30
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