This post contains conjecture for Westworld though no spoilers as prolonged as you’re all held adult by Season 1, Episode 7. If you’re not, now is a time to possibly trip into a low and dreamless doze or scuttle behind to your small loop.
Those arguing that Westworld swindling theorists were off their rocker had to take a step behind final week when it was suggested that, usually as many had been presaging all season, Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) is secretly a host, not a human. So, perhaps, it’s time to take some of a other crazy-seeming Westworld theories a tad some-more severely including a many renouned and argumentative of them all: a mixed timeline (or time period if you’re pedantic) theory.
If you’re unfamiliar, a mixed timeline speculation posits that Westworld audiences are examination during slightest dual (if not three) eras in a story of a Westworld park. It’s easy to upset audiences on this front when some of your characters—the drudge ones—never age. This speculation posits that a impression of William (Jimmi Simpson) is a same impression as a Man in Black (Ed Harris), surpassing by a park 30 years detached in time. (You can review some-more about all that here.) we call a speculation argumentative given it has neatly divided a Westworld fans over on Reddit into warring factions. Seriously, we haven’t seen anything like it since, well, final Tuesday.
But a William/MiB deniers will have to fastener with a few new pieces of justification that make their box flimsier than ever. First, let’s speak about wardrobe. We know a garments we collect as we enter a park in Westworld are very important—and we’re not usually articulate about those white and black hats. Everyone beheld a few weeks ago when Dolores got a change in habit pleasantness of El Lazo and a outrageous folks of Pariah. Gone was a blue dress and in a place we got a sporty span of trousers and a frail symbol down. But did we notice that William altered too? (Maybe we did and we was usually too dazzled by Dolores’s pants to give William his due.) He traded in a pinkish and red checked collared shirt he picked out during Westworld HQ. . .
. . .for a collarless long-sleeved grey shirt with pointed pintucks on a bib in front. (That’s what those small pleats are called: pintucks.) You might not have beheld it given William (ever a gentleman) customarily has his cloak on. But this week, when a Confederados arrived, he was a small (ahem) underdressed.
Another clean-cut gent of Westworld who likes to keep a coat, vest, and kerchief on his chairman during all times is a Man in Black. But approach behind in Episode 2, he took his coupler off to give us a best demeanour of a array during his shirt. It is, oh yes, a collarless long-sleeved grey series with pointed pintucks on a bib in front.
Am we observant a Man in Black and William are wearing a same shirt? we am. Does that make them a same person? Well we consider so! Clothes maketh a man. But maybe that doesn’t sign a understanding for you. Maybe we demeanour during those relating (aptly, grey) shirts on those dual group and contend “That looks like zero to me.” Well, then, concede me to deliver Exhibit B.
In an talk with Female First behind during a finish of September, Ed Harris said, “Beforehand, they told me adequate to know what kind of life my impression had in a outward universe and since he was entrance to this park. But afterwards we get a book for Episode 7, say, and you’re going, ‘Oh! Thanks for revelation me, man! we didn’t comprehend THAT about myself!’” Worth observant here that Ed Harris’s impression does not seem during all in Episode 7, though William positively does. Is there some shake room with a use of “say” in that Harris quote? For sure. But let’s take a closer demeanour during what’s suggested in Episode 7.
As Slashfilm points out, William, basking in a pre-coital heat of Dolores’s company, opens adult to her about his youth. “The usually thing we had when we was a child were books. we used to live in them. we used to go to nap forgetful I’d arise adult inside one of them ’cause they had meaning. This place, this is like we woke adult inside one of those stories. we theory we usually wanna find out what it means. we don’t wanna be in a story. All we wish is to not demeanour brazen or back. we usually wanna be… in a impulse I’m in.” That’s William enjoying a real tie he thinks he’s found with Dolores. As you’ll recall, he wasn’t unequivocally meddlesome in a feign pleasures a park had to offer choosing, instead, to tumble for Dolores given he believes she is waking adult and rejecting her looping life.
In other words, Logan was right. William has been entirely seduced by Westworld.
William, giving in to a enticement of Dolores and intrigue on his fiance Juliet, after says, “I’ve been sanctimonious my whole life. Pretending we don’t mind, sanctimonious we belong. My life’s built on it. And it’s a good life, a life I’ve always wanted. But afterwards we came here, and we get a glance for a second of a life in that we don’t have to pretend. A life in that we can be truly alive. How can we go behind to sanctimonious when we know what this feels like?” That sounds an awful lot like a Man in Black who, in Episode 2, promises Lawrence, “this time, I’m never going back.”
But it’s value observant that if William has turn a Man in Black, he is no longer pang underneath a misinterpretation that a park is more genuine than genuine life. 30 years (we presume) later, he has suffered some harmful blow potentially associated to his destitute adult attribute with Dolores.
In Episode 4, a Man in Black is behind to meditative of Westworld as novella and says, “This whole universe is a story. I’ve review each page solely a final one. we need to find out how it ends. we wish to know what this all means.” we suspect, that both William and a Man in Black are on a collision march with Dolores and some oppressive existence about a cruelties of Westworld. Yes, we trust they are a same chairman and, yes, we trust they both wish a same thing: her.
If you’re not assured by a small pieces of justification that keep stacking adult (shirts, logos, philosophies) etc., it’s value remembering that Westworld is a kind of uncover to lay these small clues out like breadcrumbs.
Okay one some-more square of justification tucked next this spoiler warning. Footage from arriving part trailers to follow.
So, really, William and a Man in Black are wearing a same shirt and lift a same knife? One Ford looks during with care in Episode 5 like he’s seen it’s unwashed work before? And we still don’t consider they’re a same person?
Somebody needs to have their bulk apperception bumped adult a few notches.