Warning: Spoilers ahead for Westworld, Episode 7 "Trompe L'Oeil"
The episode finally confirmed a major #theory when it was revealed that Bernard was indeed a host, and acting as the loyal servant and spy of Mr. Ford. It was a savage twist but quite brilliant and definitely one which has delighted fans:
With Episode 7 now having aired, there's just three episodes remaining in Season 1 of Westworld and now that actual people are being murdered, you can be sure the show won't be slowing down! But before we theorize the events of future episodes, let's take one more look back at this week's episode and check out the five things you might have missed from Westworld, Episode 7 "Trompe L'Oeil."
1. They hinted at the big reveal within the same episode
Retrospect is a powerful thing, and looking back on Episode 7, Bernard's true nature was heavily hinted at during the scene where Theresa interrupts Charlotte's rendezvous with Hector the host. Despite Theresa's obviously judgement of Ms Hale sleeping with Hector, unbeknownst to her, she too was in a relationship with a host, a fact which would only reveal itself to her moments before her murder. Well played, HBO.
2. William being the Man in Black was strongly hinted at
After seeing nothing of the pair last week, Episode 7 returned to #Dolores and William's story in an arc which still seems a little too mysterious than a viewer would like with just three episodes left in the season. Many fans of the series believe by now that what we're seeing on screen is at least two different time periods, which is mainly due the to the fact that we've seen two different park logos — an old and a new — crop up at very precise places. This theory places the Dolores/William storyline in the past at some point, at least a year prior to the current events due to the fact that the madame at the Mariposa saloon was not Maeve.
However, while many fans believe in the dual timeline theory, there is another group of theorist who believe that William is actually the Man in Black on his first visit to the park, and this week that theory got an interesting piece of evidence to support it.
During their journey on the train, William told Dolores how much he enjoyed books as a child, and would sleep at night dreaming that he could wake up in one of the books he was reading. He reasoned that that was why he liked Westworld so much, and told Dolores "I guess I just wanna find out what it means." This echoed something the Man in Black had said back in Episode 4 (in a scene coincidentally following a scene involving William), when Lawrence asked him "The hell you hope to find, anyway? This whole world is a story." To which the MiB replied "I've read every page except the last one. I need to find out how it ends. I want to know what this all means."
If you're not a believer of the William = Man in Black theory then of course, you could simply brush this off as similar dialogue. But I have to say although I initially thought the theory was whack, it does seems a little too particular to be unintentional. But as for how exactly William ends up saving the park and making his fortune, well I guess that's still to come.
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3. Clementine moved to her dream location
It almost seemed a little obvious that the episode in which we finally heard Clementine's backstory would also (probably) be her last appearance. However shortly before the park employees came to collect Ms Pennyfeather, she told Maeve all about her plans to make enough money to live her dream life in a cooler climate:
"A couple more years of this and then I can have whatever life I want. I'm gonna get my family out of the desert. We're gonna go somewhere cold. Someday."
So, it was a little sad to see by the end of the episode that Clementine did get her wish to move somewhere cold when she was shipped off to cold storage after acting as the sacrificial lamb for Theresa and the board.
4. We've seen that basement before
Despite Bernard claiming that he has no idea the remote diagnostic facility was under the cottage, we seen have Bernard in very similar basements before during his private sessions with Dolores. While the room that Bernard and Theresa found below the cottage looked a little different, Bernard also said that Ford and Arnold used "them" when the park was in beta, hinting that there was likely multiple remote diagnostic facilities sprinkled throughout the expansive park.
Having multiple hidden facilities throughout the park would also explain how Bernard has been able to question Dolores at night, and have her return to her loop unnoticed by anyone else.
However, there's also the theory that the scenes in which Bernard questions Dolores are actually flashbacks, and the person we think is Bernard is actually Ford's partner Arnold (meaning that Ford built a host version of Arnold after his death). In this case the story gets much twisty-er, though showing the audiences that the park has many hidden diagnostic facilities spread throughout it is a very smart move - who knows where we'll see one pop up next (or who we'll see in it).
5. We can rebuild her, we have the technology
After the reveal that Bernard was in fact a host acting on behalf of Ford (!!!), the mad park creator had his man-servant perform the ultimate cruel act and kill his former lover, Theresa. It was truly a shocking moment, and even for those who had been theorizing for weeks that Bernard was a host it packed enough of a punch to leave jaws on the floor.
But just when we thought that might mean Theresa was out of the picture for good, the camera cleverly showed a brand new host being created, indicating that it was likely Theresa's death would be covered up with a host made in her likeness. In fact there's evidence that Ford had been planning on replacing human employees with hosts for some time - in Episode 3 we even saw a model of Theresa's face on the wall behind his desk. And more to that point, the second from the bottom left looks a little like Elsie, whose last known whereabouts was only known by Bernard - has Ford also killed her and replaced her with a host?
Westworld returns to HBO with Episode 8 on Sunday, November 20.