Here Are Some of the Rules of How ‘Westworld’ Works

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By William Hicks | 4:47 pm, October 6, 2016

The premiere of HBO’s latest prestige drama Westworld left viewers with many, many questions. How does robot sex work? Do the robots have sex with each other? Can I have sex with the robots? What will they do with all the robot props once the show is done?

Well luckily HBO made a website months back, which includes a mock “Terms of Service” for fictional guests to Westworld. The ToS helps add to the worldbuilding and gives some perspective on how bad of an idea it actually is to visit this rapey cowboy “utopia.”



How do guns work?

The mechanics of guns are one of the most puzzling parts of Westworld — mostly the fact that the guns are harmless to guests but deadly to hosts.

From the ToS:

All weapons and equipment used within Delos parks are the exclusive property of Delos, Inc. Gun ammunition contains proprietary safeguards related to bullet velocity, and tampering with gun safety features or ammunition automatically transfers liability to you and absolves Delos, Inc. of any injury or death that may occur as a result.

So basically there’s some kind of kajigger that stops the guns from hurting people. It also states it can be removed, essentially implying that it definitely will be removed at some point in the series.


Are the animals real?

According to the ToS, animals are hosts/robots too. They are programmed to not harm the guests and help aid them if in trouble. The only animal that is not a host are the flies. Important to note, as they seem to play a big role in the self awareness of the hosts.

While they seem completely safe, the ToS also states that a guest has died in the past from a buffalo stampede.

Statistically speaking, you are more likely to die from lightning strike than to die while in a Delos park. However, the following causes of accidental death have occurred within the Delos Destinations compound: buffalo stampede, self- cannibalism, accidental hanging, drowning, 3rd-degree burns, autoerotic asphyxiation, blunt force trauma, allergic reaction to non-native plant life, falling from great heights, common manslaughter, tumbleweeds.


What happens to all the guest’s bodily fluids.

Well, apparently Delos Inc. the company in charge of Westworld has permission to all bodily fluids and DNA you dispose of in the park, implying they might do something with it.

By entering the Delos Destinations Port of Entry, you acknowledge that Delos, Inc. controls the rights to and remains the sole owner of, in perpetuity: all skin cells, bodily fluids, secretions, excretions, hair samples, saliva, sweat, blood, and any other bodily functions not listed here. Delos, Inc. reserves the right to use this property in any way, shape, or form in which the entity sees fit.

What this seems to be implying is that Delos Inc, reserves the right to make new hosts out of guests’ semen or whatever.


How much does the park cost. 

$40,000 per day.


What is the man in black up to?

Not in the ToS, but it appears that the sociopathic man in black (played by Ed Harris) seems to be looking for some kind of maze which represents the game within a game.

This puzzle has something to do with the park’s co-creator Arnold, who died before the series begins. Arnold wanted to make fully sentient life but died inside Westworld and apparently his code might have something to do with the glitches.

The man in black might also have to do with the “critical failure” in the park that happened 30 years ago. Coincidentally, the man in black states he has been coming to the park for 30 years.


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