WARNING – SPOILERS FOR WESTWORLD SEASONS ONE AND TWO AHEAD, PROCEED WITH CAUTION
Westworld is a show known for its surprise plot twists. Benard is actually a) a robot, built by Ford, and b) based entirely on Arnold, Delores is also Wyatt, The Man In Black is actually William, the list goes on and on. Timelines, plot twists, and generally things you do not see coming is what Westworld is known for, besides gory violence.
And this has gotten me thinking, what if The Man In Black/William, is actually one of the Hosts, not a Guest as we are currently lead to believe?
It sounds mad and utterly impossible, but if you’ll let me, I’ll explain my reasoning:
- Every story needs a villain, and what better than a mysterious, all-powerful man? Ford loves a good story, and what better way than to create this mysterious character, one who’s hell-bent on making the park even more real than it already is?
- The Man In Black is obsessed with Delores and The Maze, and while he doesn’t understand what The Maze really is, or who it is for, it could be argued that it is his cornerstone. Ford and Arnold/Benard talk a lot about each Host having a cornerstone – something each of them holds on to and keeps on going back to. Delores and Teddy have each other, Benard has his son, The Man In Black’s are Delores, The Maze, and Hector. He’s always with at least one of the two Host’s or is hunting them down. And if you notice, he always goes to them, every time he ‘enters’ the park.
- We never actually see The Man In Black outside of Westworld, we only ever see William outside, and that has only happened twice in this latest season. He rarely talks about the outside world, only that he owns a majority share of the park, and that he saved Ford’s project when it was failing. One other Guest speaks to The Man In Black briefly about his foundation, but he immediately cuts them off. Almost like he is centered around the park, and doesn’t want to leave, just like the rest of the Host’s.
- And finally, the most damning of evidence. During Monday’s episode, The Man In Black has been shot in the arm and has to get the bullet out. We briefly see him pull it out, with a bit of blood, but as he closes the wound, we never see a close-up shot. The camera remains fixed on his and Hector’s faces as they talk. Go back and watch that part again, and think to yourself – in a show that loves its gore and violence, why completely avoid showing a man sewing up a gunshot wound, unless they were trying to hide something? It is common in TV and film to see the wound up close, to see it being fixed, why hide this specific shot, to focus entirely on our two character’s faces?
I could come up with more reasons, but currently, this is just off the top of my head. At the moment it sounds convincing, but it still begs the question, if The Man In Black is actually a robotic Host, is William real? And if so, how does he fit into all of this?
I’ve come up with a solution to that, too.
What if William was real, and everything we saw of him and Logan’s adventures in Westworld 30 years ago is all real? What if William really was obsessed with Westworld, bought the majority shares of it, and kept on coming back, over and over, unable to stop himself?
But what if he found out that he was dying? What if he died, and his final wish was to be made into a Host and planted into Westworld, as part of a big storyline? William admitted that he loved the park, that it made him feel alive, he was utterly obsessed with Delores, what if he wanted to be with her forever, and this was the only way, in his twisted mind?
He had the power to do it – as a large shareholder in the Delos company, he could order his robotic creation into existence. And Ford clearly has no morals when it comes to creating life model decoys of people he knows, using them to work for him in some way. He’s proved that already with Arnold/Benard.
And, if you think about it, it would make sense to do something like this. Creating a Host version of your now deceased main shareholder creates a lot of leverage and power for Ford. He can play with The Man In Black’s motives, he can get him to order the rest of the company to do as he wants. He can send the man out into the world, possibly to spy on other companies, bring back information on enemies. A Host pretending to be the majority shareholder in the Westworld company would be an incredibly useful thing to have – not to mention a powerful character in the park itself.
I could be entirely wrong, I could be reading too much into this. But it’s definitely something to think about. It’s not outside the realm of possibility in this show – nothing is. We have been blindsided by others being revealed to be robots before, it wouldn’t be completely mad to think that there is more than one person in the Westworld company who isn’t as human as they look.
What do you guys think? Am I barking entirely up the wrong tree? Or could I really be onto something?
Comment down below, tell me what you think of all of this!