What a bloodbath! The #Westworld season finale certainly didn't disappoint, with the show wrapping up nice and neat with a long-overdue robot uprising.
With Dolores finally revealed as Wyatt, she had a spectacular return to violent form by crashing the board's fancy dinner party and showing Delos how it's really done down in Escalante.
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Who's Still Kicking?
While it seemed like most characters were split into distinct categories of either alive or super dead, not everyone was accounted for. There are still quite a few key characters whose futures may not have drawn to a close just yet. Here's who is most likely to have survived the massacre, and will possibly be returning for Season 2:
The unresolved mystery of Elsie's disappearance was one of the season's biggest cliffhangers. It would make sense to presume that Bernard really did strangle her in the theater; however, an Easter Egg on Westworld's Alternate Reality Game says otherwise. After entering a secret password on the site, an assortment of code was shown, which could be translated to two separate links. They led to a video of Elsie's tablet still transmitting from inside the park, and an audio clip of her voice calling out for help. In other words, proof of Elsie's survival!
The last time we saw Stubbs, he was being confronted by a horde of Ghost Nation hosts. They didn't respond to his voice commands, meaning they were either awoken hosts, or perhaps not hosts at all. I'm not too sure about the ethics of keeping a real tribe of indigenous people within your amusement park, but it does make for an intriguing storyline for Westworld Season 2. It's possible that Stubbs has been captured by the Ghost Nation — could Elsie be there too?
First of all, can I just point out how downright thrilled this guy looks to have had half his arm blown off by a shotgun? It's like he's waited his whole life for this day. Though if you consider how all he really wanted was a fight where the hosts actually retaliated, his wildest dreams have literally just come true. To be frank, I'm not quite sure he understands what that entails.
It's important to note that Ed Harris is confirmed to return for Westworld Season 2. That guy is a seasoned guest; if anyone's experienced enough to survive this game on Hard Mode, it's him.
8. Real Ford/Host Ford
You know who else looked stoked to die? Robert Ford. The guy was literally sipping down champagne in a tuxedo, knowing full well that a murderous Dolores was about to blow his brains out. Can we just take a moment to appreciate what a total badass Anthony Hopkins is?
Ford turned out to be less of a monster than we thought, as it was revealed that his ethics aligned more with Arnold's vision than we'd first imagined. He knew that for Dolores to truly achieve autonomy, she needed to make the choice to kill him. And while it's more than a little disconcerting that robot independence requires a human blood sacrifice, that doesn't necessarily mean that Ford's reign is over.
Remember the host body that Ford was building in his secret murder cabin? It's highly likely that Ford was creating a clone of himself, much like he did with Arnold/Bernard. That would mean that either Dolores shot a host replica of Ford, and the real Ford is still kicking back with his cyborg family in the park; or the real Ford was indeed killed, and he instead lives on in the form of a host. It's the future, people!
7. Host Theresa
Before the Ford host theory came about, there was a lot of speculation that Ford was recreating Theresa as a host. However, the discovery of her planted dead body soon after made that an unlikely possibility. But now that Delos is out of the picture, it's possible that host Theresa might still have a chance at a comeback after all. Things are probably going to get pretty awkward between her and Bernard.
It certainly seemed like the end for Armistice, with her arm stuck in the world's scariest automatic door and armed guards closing in. But wait, there's more! If Marvel has taught us anything, it's that it pays to wait till the end of the credits. Armistice soon found herself in somewhat of a 127 Hours situation, hacking through her arm and turning to face her attackers head-on:
What's interesting is that the security team weren't shooting at her. This proves two things: Firstly, large groups of armed guards are mostly useless in almost any action sequence — I call this the Stormtrooper Effect — and secondly, the Delos security team is trained to disable hosts using voice commands first, not force. Their hesitancy to shoot her down could mean a second chance for our favorite tattooed bandit.
Maeve was so close to living out her own Ex Machina moment, when boom! She veered off from her storyline. Or did she? Bernard revealed that her initial plan to get on the train and reach the mainland was all pre-programmed, though perhaps getting off the train was just another option in her narrative loop. Either way, she's still inside the park, with a security team headed her way and a very loose plan of finding her daughter in "Park 1" — hello, multiple parks confirmed! Hopefully she doesn't get taken out in a fiery hail of bullets, and we get to see the full extent of Delos's assets.
"Here bro, I got you a feather." Um, what? The only thing that made less sense than William's farewell gift to Logan was his plan of stripping him down to his birthday suit and sending him off into the sunset on horseback.
The popular theory is that the horse will reach the border of the park and self-destruct, killing Logan in a fiery explosion. But what guarantee is there that the horse will definitely reach the edge of the park? I'm no equine expert, but I'm pretty sure that smacking a horse on its big horse butt doesn't guarantee it's going to continue to walk in one direction indefinitely.
Maybe Logan is still out there to this day, wandering naked through the plains with nothing but a ratty feather to cover his shame. Kind of like Burning Man, but slightly more degrading. Slightly.
3. Peter Abernathy
Remember this guy? He was Dolores's dad, before he started spurting ominous Shakespeare lines from his old narrative as a cannibalistic cult leader. Nice guy. He was also the vessel of choice for Charlotte and Simon to smuggle Ford's data out of the park. But when Simon went down to cold storage to fetch Abernathy, he discovered the room to be completely empty. The missing hosts were later seen emerging from the tree line toward the Man in Black, guns at the ready. Was Abernathy among them? What does the future hold for The Professor, now that his brain is packed with the park's most valuable secrets?
After Maeve ended her brief love affair with Sweetwater's sexiest rogue in favor of her much-valued independence, Hector was left to face a similar fate to his partner-in-crime Armistice: the firing squad. As the elevator doors closed, we heard gunfire, and yet it's unclear what really happened to Hector.
He's most likely a far better shot than any of Delos's hired goons, and Armistice's post-credits twist of fate could indicate good chances for Hector. Not to mention what Discover Westworld's chat bot Aeden had to say about the dynamic duo:
Armistice may have come to the rescue of her buddy, and the two can now return to the Wild West — except this time, they have automatic weapons.
There are so many parallels between Felix and Doctor Frankenstein that only make it easier to hate him. He's a gifted young scientist who is horrified by the creature he gives life to. Despite being tormented by the havoc wreaked by his creation, he still makes no actual effort to put an end to the chaos. Finally, his monster escapes, and he remains anxious yet apathetic to what might happen.
Will he pursue Maeve in an attempt to put an end to her violence, or will he continue to be a pawn to her every wish? Let's hope he follows the narrative laid out by Mary Shelley's book and suffers a slow death by hypothermia for his stupidity. Don't get me wrong, I love Maeve, but Felix is definitely deserving of a Darwin Award.
Still confused? Check out the Westworld storyline in actual chronological order:
Agree or disagree? Who do you want most to see return in Westworld Season 2?