Warning: Spoilers ahead for Westworld, Episode 9 "The Well-Tempered Clavier"
It's hard to believe we're already nine weeks deep into the first season of Westworld but somehow it's happened, and in between all the attempts to work out what's actually happened, I'm sure we can all admit that this is one of the most intelligent shows ever produced. Sadly it might be up to two years before the second season arrives, but considering the first season has been so exquisite I'd say it'll be worth that wait. But, back to Episode 9!
There were big reveals this week in #Westworld, when Episode 9 "The Well-Tempered Clavier" finally answered that long standing question about Arnold and Bernard, as well as finally revealing that yes internet, it was Dolores that killed Arnold all those years ago (suddenly that "No, I wouldn't say 'friends,' Dolores. I wouldn't say that at all" line from Ford makes perfect sense, huh?). Meanwhile Maeve set fire to it all, William finally reached boiling point, and poor old Stubbs appeared to fall prey to some nasty hosts who seemed to ignore all voice commands. It was all go as per usual, and as per usual there were many tiny details littered throughout, so without further ado here are five things you might have missed from Westworld, Episode 9 "The Well-Tempered Clavier."
1. The picture was William's fiancée all along
Way back in the very first episode it was a picture of a girl standing in Times Square that sent Peter Abernathy into a spin, eventually earning him a stint in cold storage. The picture, which had been picked up in the dirt by his cattle pen, didn't "look like anything" to Dolores, but now eight episodes later we've finally learned who that really was: William's fiancée and Logan's sister, Juliet.
But how did the photograph get in the dirt in the first place? Well, Redditor PullTheOtherOne kindly reminded us that the night before Peter Abernathy found the photo in the dirt, the Man in Black paid a visit to the Abernathy ranch. Given the leading theory on the MiB is that he's actually William in a different timeframe, and that we know that the MiB just lost his wife of 30 years, it would make sense that he would be carrying around a picture of her that could easily have been lost or even purposely dropped prior to his attack on the farmhouse.
But why would this photograph trigger such a reaction from Abernathy? Well...
2. Dolores saw her future father learning his former role in the labs
As Dolores followed the much younger Ford down the hallway in her flashback we saw a lot of employees going about their business, prepping hosts for their many roles. However there may have been one host that escaped your view - the host then known as the Professor, but formerly known to us as Peter Abernathy.
If you looked closely you would have heard the host prepping for his former role as the Professor from the horror narrative "The Dinner Party," which was mentioned way back in Episode 1. The professor can be heard reciting King Lear, saying "When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools."
Now, not only is this a great callback but it's probably a nod to what we're about to see in Episode 10. Redditor PullTheOtherOne theorizes that we'll probably see the Professor encounter William during Episode 10, where he'll see the photo of Juliet. This would explain why 30 years later when he encounters the photo again he has such a strange and strong reaction. Not to mention that now that that same host has rebooted from cold storage by Charlotte and Sizemore, there's no telling what might happen - will his threat to have revenge on his maker ("By most mechanical and dirty hand, I shall have such revenges on you both.") actually come true?
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3. Arnold was finally revealed and suddenly Bernard's name made sense
Ever since the man in Ford's photograph of 'Arnold' was confirmed to be his father, there had been a lot of theorizing that Bernard had actually been rebuilt in Arnold's image and he either wasn't able to see himself in Ford's photo, or Ford was simply pretending his father was Arnold. Well in Episode 9 it was finally confirmed that Bernard has indeed been rebuild in Arnold's image, and eagle eyed viewers would have spotted a dead giveaway just moments before Ford himself revealed it to us.
As Dolores follow Ford into Arnold's office she walked past the door which revealed Arnold's full name as Arnold Weber, a pretty normal name right? Well yes, but it's also an anagram for Bernard Lowe. Oh snap.
4. Bernard has killed himself many times
If you watched the scene involving Ford, Bernard and Clementine closely, you would have noticed that several things in the background changes. While at first you might think this was a simple continuity error, it's actually much more likely that we're seeing at least two different timeframes play out at once, and each scene has the same ending - Bernard killing himself.
Redditor DomDC87 cleverly compiled all of the evidence which shows several body bags in the background appearing and disappearing, as well as a mysteriously disappearing Clementine. That, combined with Ford's line 'We've had this conversation before," implies that Bernard has realized his true nature at least once before, and the scenario always plays out the same way. Though sadly Ford's line "I suppose I was hoping that given complete self-knowledge and free will, you would have chosen to be my partner once again," shows that despite seeming like a villain, he stills eems to holds out hope that this host-Arnold might one day chose to join his old friend instead of opting to kill himself.
5. Maeve's on the way to a rebuild and a new life
It may have been slightly confusing when Maeve, who seemed to have basically achieved consciousness, chose to kill herself when she set fire to Hector's tent as the pair had sex. However it was actually a rather genius move, and one which might see Maeve become the first Westworld host to make it out of the park (or at least, the first we know of).
In order for Maeve to have any sort of life outside the confines of Westworld she first needs to ensure that her explosive device —a device that's implanted into the C6 vertebra of every Westworld host — is removed, something which can only be done during a full rebuild. Obviously being burned is a quick way to ensure she gets a full rebuild from Felix and Sylvester, and by taking Hector down with her — a host who has just started to learn the truth about himself and the park — she's ensured a number one lieutenant to assist her in her escape attempt.
In the promo for next weeks finale episode (seen below), we see a very quick shot of Maeve in civilian clothes, about to make her way down the escalator which leads to the high speed trains that take guests in and out of the park. So it seems safe to assume that Maeve's rebuild went to plan - or at least, that seems to be what she has been lead to believe.
Westworld returns to HBO with Episode 10 on Sunday, December 3.