From the very first episode of HBO's new series Westworld, the internet has been abuzz with theories the mysterious and captivating series. From who exactly Arnold might be, to whether or not Bernard and Theresa are human, Westworld is basically a fan theorists dream. But while each episode seems to throw up a new theory, one that has been consistent across all: where exactly is this crazy park located?!
Thanks to the episodes we've seen we know that employees of the park stay on-site for long stretches of time, and while they're working it seems to be quite difficult to stay in contact with loved ones due to connection. We also know that the park is probably quite a distance from any other main center due to the fact that the guests seem to take a hyperloop (or a similar high-speed monorail) to get there.
So, with the little information we have, where are the top Westworld location possibilities? Take a look at some of the leading theories, and be sure to cast your vote for which you deem the most likely:
We already know from the map of Westworld on discoverwestworld.com, that Westworld ends at the ocean. Following this, many have theorized that the entire park may be on an island - possibly even one that is man made.
It might not even be as crazy as it seems, after all in recent years man-made islands have become more popular, notably in the United Arab Emirates where the Palm Jumeirah was created in Dubai.
Supporting this theory is the fact that the corporation behind Westworld is called Delos Incorporated. The name Delos comes from the ancient island of Delos which is located close to Mykonos in Greece.
Delos is a hugely important mythological and historical site. Originally it was a holy sanctuary before Greek mythology also made it the birth place of twins Apollo (god of oracles, medicine, plague, sun, light and knowledge among others) and Artemis (goddess of the hunt, forests and hill, the moon and archery). Because of the gods being born on the island it became sacred, and no mortal was ever allowed to live or die on the island.
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From the plausible to the slightly out there, some theorists believe that Westworld may be located in space - lliterally making it a world of its own.
Evidence for this theory includes the fact that the employees of Delos seem to work for weeks at the park, living in the staff apartments, before leaving for their allotted time off back home. Obviously this indicates that wherever Westworld is located it would take a considerable amount of time to get there. It would also explain why it's difficult for employees to get a signal to contact their loved ones back home.
In addition, the Delos headquarters include the Mesa Gold Decompression Chamber, which guests visit at the conclusion of their stay in Westworld to "decompress."
The space theory posits that this could be because guests need to reacclimatize to the Earth, though this could be flawed because normally space stations are pressurized at Earth's normal pressure, removing the need for decompression.
There's even a theory that Westworld takes place on either our moon, or one of the moons of Saturn (because Saturn has 62 moons, therefore many to choose from). This was apparently proved in Episode 2 when Maeve made her way outside after escaping her surgery and we saw that the headquarters seemed to be on or tethered to some sort of rock - possibly lunar.
Do you think Westworld is in space?
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Still crazy, but in my eyes still more possible than the space theory, is the theory that Westworld is located underwater. This was first floated (sorry) as Westworld's location after Episode 1, when it appeared that the cold storage area of the headquarters had significant flooding. Could the water have been pouring in from weaknesses in the huge dome that would have had to be constructed in order to make Westworld an underwater possibility (yes, that's a huge undertaking but stay with me here, after all this is a $40,000-a-day totally immersive theme park we're talking)?
Much like the space theory, the underground theory would also explain why guests need to decompress after their visit, much like deep sea divers need to do after a dive to allow their bodies to eliminate inert gases from their bodies. It would also explain the communication difficulties.
Do you think Westworld is underwater?
In an unused or abandoned area
Alternatively, there's also the theory that Westworld is simply located in an area with a vast amount of space and low civilian population. The scale on the map of the park suggests that the whole area is around 15 km (9.3 miles) across, which isn't an obscene amount of land to have to procure. This is especially true of states such as Montana, Wyoming and or even Alaska where the population is mostly concentrated in a few cities, leaving huge areas of land unpopulated.
Because we're not entirely sure whereabouts in the 21st Century the series is taking place, it's not too wild to suggest that perhaps Westworld took over a city or other area of land that may have been abandoned after economic collapse or other apocalypse-type disaster. This would explain why the cold storage area seemed to look like it was a mall in a previous life, complete with escalators, plaza and a globe decoration.
However, working against this theory is the fact that it would be very hard to keep other wildlife out of the park, and Westworld is an extremely controlled atmosphere, only allowing live flies (and human guests). Given we're yet to see flocks of birds in the series, it seems that if Westworld was simply located somewhere in the US, it would also probably be protected by a shield or dome.
Do you think Westworld is in an abandoned part of the world?
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