Being a #Westworld fan who keeps up to date with the show's many secret references and Easter Eggs found through its online Alternate Reality Game is kind of like being a Game of Thrones fan who reads the books. You smile and nod along with your friends as they excitedly discuss their own theories, but you know that you're far more informed and in the know with what's really going on than they'll ever be.
From hidden videos to clues buried deep in the website's coding, the Discover Westworld and Delos Incorporated websites have been veritable treasure troves of Easter Eggs. Of course, those of us who aren't IT geeks have been relying on the likes of Reddit to translate many of the clues, and this week the most tantalizing secrets of all were revealed. Take a look at what's been uncovered:
1. Aeden Is Woke AF
Discover Westworld's friendly chat bot Aeden isn't so dapper anymore. It would appear that he's joined the rest of the hosts and become somewhat of a sentient rebel.
Rather than spurting helpful suggestions on how guests can best enjoy the park, Aeden is demanding answers and making ominous accusations:
No matter what you say, Aeden is convinced that you killed him. He also says that "what's left belongs to us," and warns that, "the gods have been cast to the mortal coil. They are currently in a prison of their own sins, and you would be wise not to join them." Yikes!
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2. Elsie Lives!
Ever since the Delos Incorporated website was unveiled, fans have been intrigued by the mysterious admin password box. Week after week the password remained a mystery — until now.
The video shows Elsie's tablet emitting a signal from the center of the park. It also revealed this audio clip, which is clearly Elsie saying, "Hello?"
This could very well mean that Elsie is still inside the park, alive and kicking. Is she hiding out with the Ghost Nation, along with Stubbs? Will we be seeing her return for Season 2?
3. When Are We?
In a very glitchy surveillance video of Maeve and her bandit pals going all homicidal in the Delos headquarters, fans received the answer to yet another long-awaited question. Redditor stbernardus noticed a telling timestamp in the corner of the video:
This means that present day Westworld is June 15, 2052. If Arnold died 34 years prior, that puts his death at 2018. Wait, isn't that the possible release date for Season 2? Hell yes it is! Either way, if that kind of A.I. technology is already in the works, I'm feeling a little concerned for the not-too-distant future.
4. Delos Is Hiring
Well, not Delos exactly. Redditor yenwood was on the case again with the code translations, and uncovered yet another secret from code hidden in one of the grainy videos. It's a link to the careers page for Reaktor, the company hired to design Westworld's Alternate Reality Game.
Simply put? If you're smart enough to figure out their code, they might just want to hire you. Just don't tell them you found out about the job from Reddit.
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Have you found any note-worthy Easter Eggs on the Westworld website?