Since the penultimate episode of HBO's Westworld "The Well-Tempered Clavier" blew our freaking minds, we've spent the last week puzzling over all the questions raised by the most action-packed meditation on existential philosophy ever aired on television (sorry, Golden Girls).
Tonight on the finale, we'll hopefully get some of those questions answered! Here's the ten most pressing questions Westworld needs to answer before the inevitable robot uprising.
1. Who has been fixing Dolores?
So far in the series, when a host gets killed in action, they get fixed at the lab and then their loop is restarted. But Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) got her abdomen ripped open last week, then woke up with her body and clothes mended. Who is fixing Dolores?
2. Why did Dolores kill Arnold?
Okay, we definitely have our theories: it seems obvious Ford (Anthony Hopkins) programmed or commanded Dolores to kill Arnold so he could take control of the park... But how in control of the park is Ford really, when Arnold has been having secret meeting with Dolores for who knows how many years?
3. How many times has Bernard become sentient?
Clearly Dolores and Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) have met in the years since he was resurrected by Ford. Was Ford pulling Bernard's strings during those meetings, or have Dolores and Bernard come close to full consciousness many times before?
4. Why would Ford resurrect Arnold as look-alike droid Bernard?
Why risk him being recognized by someone big into Park history (like say, Ed Harris)? He could have easily disguised his consciousness in a different body, right?
5. Why was Maeve at the center of the maze in that flashback?
It was revealed last week that Maeve (Thandie Newton) killed herself after Ed Harris murdered her daughter, launching her into her new life as a madam and getting her old "cornerstone" (her daughter's memory) wiped, and then in a flashback image we saw her body at the center of the maze. Why kill herself there, or why have her body dragged there if she was found dead elsewhere?
6. What is the significance of the maze?
Obviously this is the big mystery the season has been working up to, and our most obvious theory was sort of exploded last week: we thought it would be the path to Arnold, but clearly the church is the portal to Arnold surrogate Bernard. So what's up with the maze? Does it mark where Arnold's body lies?
But if Arnold programmed it in, he wouldn't know where his body was hidden. Is it a way out of the park? Or a path to a final piece of programming that can help the hosts retain their memories ? Place your bets now!
7. What happened to Maeve's daughter?
We have got our kleenex boxes at the ready, and we really need Maeve to find her daughter again. We're secretly hoping she'll find her in the lab when she and outlaw Hector Escaton (Rodrigo Santoro) "break into hell"...although seeing her daughter in cold storage or totally re-written or up for repairs could be even worse than not finding her at all.
8. Do all the hosts have faces that can split into four pieces?
Remember when Ford's little boy bot's face opened up like a folded paper cootie catcher? Can all the hosts do that, or just the older models? Because that was pretty sick.
9. What is the deal with the blonde woman holding Teddy hostage?
The blonde woman who captured Ed Harris and Teddy (James Marsden) in the penultimate episode seems pretty "woke" about the park, in that she recalls being killed by Teddy. Is she fully sentient and self-aware about being a robot, like Maeve? Or is she still living in the Westworld narrative as a crazy person?
10. Is William a hero?
Perhaps no character represents the audience's struggle with the humanity of the hosts better than William (Jimmi Simpson), who is on a Bachelor Party weekend with his future brother-in-law (and boss, awkward) but has now gone fully off the rails trying to save the sentient Dolores.
He's clearly a man with a moral compass, but he's also cheating on his future wife and he ripped an entire small army literally apart last episode, as in ripped limbs from limbs, like a straight up psychopath, last episode. Is he a hero, or just lost in the sauce of a new crush? What would being the hero in his situation really mean?
Do you have a theory that answers one of our burning questions? Or what are you hoping the finale resolves? Tell us all about it below!