Westworld Has Finally Revealed Who The True Villains Are
Episode Eight might have been slow, but it provided some key answers for the season's imminent conclusion.
BY Matt Miller | Nov 22, 2016 | Film & TV
God creates human. Human creates machine. Human creates machine to create other machines. Machine creates machine that people think is human to do the original human creator's bidding (including killing!) and also design its own emotions and the emotions of other robots in a robot theme park. Man creates TV show about all of this, in which the only character worth caring about is a machine that just murdered its own lover at the request of its maker. Or, something like that, right? Welcome to Westworld, where the questions never stop coming, the answers are scarce, but the robot sex and gratuitous violence keeps people watching.
At the conclusion of last week's episode, Westworld revealed its biggest twist yet: that Bernard is actually a host being controlled by Dr Robert Ford. Since Ford knew all about Theresa and the board's plot to oust Ford and take Westworld's intellectual property, he has Bernard murder Theresa in the basement of a little shed in the woods.
This week opens immediately after the violent murder when Bernard has realised what he's done and what he is.
"I'm a killer, oh my god, oh my god," Bernard weeps to Ford.
"God has nothing to do with it," an unphased Ford responds. "You should be proud of these emotions you're feeling. After all, you yourself are the author of so many of them."
And somehow, revealing his lack of humanity has made him the character on this show for whom the audience can actually care. Bernard breaks down into tears, sobbing over his dead ex-lover. These are emotions he created himself—the most real pain and suffering we've seen on this show along with Dolores and Maeve. Noticing a trend here? These humans are cold, unfeeling monsters, detached from any empathy for these machines they've created. While these machines—programmed to feel and care and love and hurt—are stuck in an endless loop of pre-determined suffering. You'd have to be some sort of soulless machine to not feel sympathetic toward these machines.
Hosts are heroes, victims, innocent, and real. Humans, however—they're the villains.
So Ford commands Bernard to act chill and clean up what they've done. But is Theresa the only person Ford has made Bernard kill? A good question, and Ford tells Bernard that he hasn't killed anyone else. But Bernard has a memory of him sneaking up on Elsie, who may or may not be dead.
There's a lot of talk in this episode, likely as Westworld prepares to set up what's hopefully an exciting final two episodes. And a lot of that is on behalf of Maeve, who is plotting her revolution/escape. She wants out of Westworld, but it's not as easy as walking through the front gates of the amusement park, thanks to the explosive charge rigged to destroy her if she tries to leave. What she needs is administrative privileges over other hosts to build an army. And since she's spent the last few episodes blackmailing those spineless Westworld goons named after cartoon cats—Sylvester and Felix—that's pretty easy to accomplish. "Time to write my own fucking story," Maeve says before getting the power to control the other hosts.
The biggest reveal of the night comes from the Man in Black, as I wrote about last night. The return of Talulah Riley—and the Man in Black recognising her—hints that he might be William after all. This part of the story comes when Teddy and the Man in Black discover Riley's host, Angela, injured in the woods. They're attacked by some creep in a bear costume who is tough to kill, but Teddy finally remembers that the Man in Black is a dick who violently assaulted Dolores and knocks him out. The Man in Black awakens to find himself tied up, and he tells Teddy a vague backstory about his wife's suicide and his philanthropic business. Then Angela kills poor, beautiful Teddy, bringing the Teddy Death Count™ to 5.
One thing I'd like to point out is that the Man in Black killed Maeve and her daughter just to see what it was like. That story is packaged in the same episode in which we see William leaning over a dying man, likely considering killing him. Coincidence? I think not. If he's not future William, is the Man in Black this Wyatt person, whom we've never seen? Could he be Arnold, the mysterious and possibly dead co-founder of Westworld?
Then there's Dolores, who is still just wandering around with William having visions. In one, she sees herself dead and massacring this entire old town. Is it Arnold who's telling her to do this? Could she be this murderous Wyatt, and Robert Ford has cruelly pitted her against her storybook lover? One can only hope that some of these questions get answered in the final two episodes.
By creating Westworld, Ford has become a man mad with power, obsessed with his own creation. In his years in Westworld, the Man in Black has learned that he's a heartless bastard, one who couldn't even give his own flesh and blood wife the love she deserved. Maeve has learned that she's really a machine, one who will stop at nothing to escape her prison. Dolores... Well, we don't know what her deal is, but she seems to be the key to everything. What we do know after Episode Eight is that Westworld doesn't turn people into villains—it just reveals what's already there.
From: Esquire US