‘Westworld’ was never trying to trick you

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After the credits rolled on Westworld‘s blood-soaked Season 1 finale, HBO invited fans to react to what they’d just seen with a card that read: “What just happened? Ask a host now,” before directing fans to the website DiscoverWestworld.com.

For most of the season, Discover Westworld has been presented as a typical promotional website for a vacation destination run by Delos Incorporated, albeit one with an intriguing terms of service contract (in which guests give Delos the rights to their “skin cells, bodily fluids, secretions, excretions, hair samples, saliva, sweat, blood, and any other bodily functions not listed here,” to be used however the company sees fit) and a virtual host called Aeden who is programmed to cryptically answer all your questions — including hints about the show’s ongoing plotlines. Read more…

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Here’s a missing ‘Westworld’ scene we wrote to fill in the show’s biggest plot hole

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This piece contains spoilers for Westworld, up to and including episode 10.

Westworld‘s first season came to a close, tying together several loops, loose ends and unanswered questions.

Viewers finally learned that William and the Man in Black are in fact the same person, which has been theorized since episode 2. However, having seen William’s transformation from hero to psychopath, we have to wonder what exactly happened when he and Logan went home after their visit.

Yes, Logan’s fate in episode 10 was left undefined — William sends his future brother-in-law off into the sunset, naked and bound on top of a horse — but since Logan was last seen alive onscreen and the fact that William explained his business plans to him, we have to imagine Logan makes it out of Westworld alive. In which case, what the hell did his father and sister think about William’s time in the park? Read more…

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‘Westworld’ finale leaves us with ‘chaos’ for Season 2

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This post contains spoilers for Westworld Season 1, Episode 10, titled “The Bicameral Mind.” Read the recap for episode 9 here

Westworld’s finale was a near-perfect end point to a fantastic season of sci-fi television, not to mention a tantalizing platform from which Season 2 will launch.

The Man in Black was William all along; Dolores was “Wyatt,” incited to kill her fellow hosts by Arnold as a way of derailing the park’s original opening; Ford actually wasn’t the villain (that was a double-twist!); and the hosts initiated the bloodbath viewers have been anticipating (courtesy of Ford’s final act and Chekhov’s frozen host army). Read more…

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Evan Rachel Wood opens up about sexual assault in a stirring open letter

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With a bright light being shown on her once again thanks to HBO’s Westworld, Evan Rachel Wood is not shying away from speaking out. 

Wood revealed details about her former relationship with Marilyn Manson, career moves, and her sexuality in an interview with Rolling Stone—but also took some time to share her painful experience with “physical, psychological, sexual” abuse and rape she experienced when younger.

The actress posted the full email she sent the RS reporter to Twitter, courageously expanding upon the article’s summation of her experience. 

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‘Westworld’ episode 9 finally solves the mystery of Arnold

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This post contains spoilers for Westworld Season 1, Episode 9, titled “The Well-Tempered Clavier.” Read last week’s recap here

In Westworld’s ninth episode, Ford tells Bernard that you can’t rely on humans. But it’s Westworld’s hosts who’ve proved the most unreliable as narrators throughout the season.

As attentive viewers guessed weeks ago, Bernard is Arnold — or rather a version of him built based on memories by Dr. Ford. The clues were all there in earlier episodes: the photo that seemed to be missing someone, the chats between Bernard and Dolores that seemed so out of place, the fact that Bernard (or rather Arnold, who we thought at the time was Bernard) set Dolores on the path toward the maze. Read more…

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