This article contains spoilers from Season 1 of Westworld.
The first season of Westworld ended with a bang. Or many bangs, namely the one that went straight through the back of Anthony Hopkins’ skull.
While answering many pressing questions and confirming major fan theories, the finale certainly left many more questions. What’s Samuraiworld like? Who’s died in the board meeting massacre? Where the hell are Elsie and Stubbs (probably dead in a ditch)?
According to the showrunners and cast, the next season will have a lot going on.
“If the first season was defined by control, the second season is defined by chaos,” said creator Jonathan Nolan.
Evan Rachel Wood also implied that the first season is merely a prequel to the second where the real action takes place.
“I think it was always that Season 1 was going to be this backstory and set up — getting to know the park and characters,” she told Indiewire. I think Season 2 is really going to be warp speed. The show might really start in Season 2.”
Since the new season won’t come out until 2018, there’s plenty of time to formulate outlandish theories and predictions.
Here’s a few from Reddit and some I made up.
Ford made a robot of himself
Just throwing it out there, but it would be really out of character for Ford to not make a robot of himself. Prior to the finale, Ford was creating a new robot in the basement, so we can only assume that the robot has significance.
He could have used the robot to be in his place for the ending
Red Wedding dinner party massacre. This is unlikely, as there is a million other ways he could have killed the board of investors without orchestrating his own suicide.
He could have also created a robot version of himself simply as a vanity play to live on after his death. It could roam around the park or join Ford’s robot family and live its days in peaceful Little House on the Prairie bliss.
Ford could also be alive in the code, as is Arnold. A strange suggestive voice for the robots, but who knows.
While Maeve and company were escaping we got a little taste of Eastworld, or Samurai World, or whatever the hell you’d like to call it. While these samurai could hypothetically be just test models for a park yet to come, it is more likely there are multiple parks with different themes. Proof of this comes from the note Maeve is given which shows the location of her (fake) daughter. The note clearly states “Park 1,” implying there are multiple parks and Westworld is the first.
So will this Eastworld have a role in the coming seasons? Will cowboys and samurais team up to fight the human oppressors? Or will the samurais be used to crush the robot uprising?
Given the close relationship between the advent of Western and Japanese samurai films, the paring is too perfect to pass up. Let’s hope we get the Seven Samurai/Magnificent Seven cross over we’ve all been waiting for.
Who survived the final scene?
It’s not entirely clear who will survive the final massacre. While we see the Man in Black/William get shot, it’s not clear if he died. Ed Harris says he will “be involved” in Season 2 but has not explicitly stated if he will be reprising his role.
It would be a shame to kill the Man in Black just as his dreams come true, a park where robots can actually kill him. But it could also be a cruel irony if he is slaughtered immediately after realizing his poorly conceived goal.
And what about Charlotte Hale, Delos Corporation’s fixer who tried to get Ford to retire? We don’t see her getting killed either, but she’s certainly in a rough situation in a tight dress and heels. I’d put her higher in the death pool than William, but there’s still a chance she can hide under dead bodies or something.
Is this .gif significant? (Probably)
Jonathan Nolan posted this .gif on /r/westworld in response to a dumb Polygon article accusing Reddit of ruining the show.
While it may seem to be harmless fun, perhaps there is a deeper message.
When Felix (naked guy on the right) found out Bernard was a robot, he started questioning his own existence. Does this mean that Felix and Sylvester could be robots themselves and were programmed to help Maeve escape? Well, they’re certainly dancing like robots.
And why would a naked dancing .gif ever be used as a red herring?