Perhaps as is fitting for a show that trucks in metaphors about the class divide, there are many more sexy, violent robot or “host” characters in HBO’s Westworld than there are old-fashioned living, breathing humans. Enslaved or not, the androids are the majority. Humans are the rare species here.
And, yet, watchers of Westworld just know that, sooner or later, the show will reveal that one of those few supposed flesh-and-blood humans has been a bot all along. In a series that dives deep into questions of identity and technology, it’s a twist that almost has to happen.
So who is the secret host? Here’s just a brief rundown of the characters most likely to be a robot in disguise and why they might be hiding a CPU in their head.
While it’s hard to credit this theory much, it’s nonetheless something some believe. There’s a running bit of argument out there on the message boards as to whether William is actually a younger, synthetic version of The Man in Black. All that is clear is that it’s kind of suspect how easily William took Teddy’s place in Dolores’ heart, how he’s an untested, somewhat unknown newcomer to a family that has a serious stake in Westworld, and how he seems to be inching ever deeper into Dr. Ford’s “new storyline.” It’s entirely possible he’s been planted into the investor’s circle by Ford himself.
The only real reasons to suspect Elsie as being anything other than human is her overly strong identification with the hosts, the fact that she seems to know a bit too much about what’s going on behind the scenes (including which techs are having sex with which hosts), and her technical skills working with the robots. That said, there wouldn’t be a big narrative payoff to that reveal, so…
Chiseled all over, always focused, and rarely emoting, Stubbs seems like a pretty obvious choice. As well, wouldn’t it make sense that someone in security—a dangerous job—would be an expendable robot? Now, it could be that Stubbs is just an underwritten character, but given that we’ve seen little real personality development here (except his suggestion that he has children which could be a planted “backstory”), he’s certainly one to watch.
The idea that Bernard is, without knowing it, a host is popular in the world of fan theories. Some have gone so far to claim that he’s a clone of the (possibly) departed Arnold and his family tragedy is nothing but a backstory. It’s even been noted that his full name is an anagram for “Arnold Webber” (though we don’t yet know Arnold’s full name). Yes, it would make sense that Ford would recreate his old partner to serve as his right-hand man. As well, his interactions with people (and hosts) have a certain… what is the right word… analytical bent. Interesting.
This is a curious one. With her smoking and mood changes, Teresa is one of the most human of the humans in Westworld. And, still, there’s the facts that she’s a pawn of an unseen group of investors, that Bernard seems impressed with every facial tick she makes, and that Ford knew exactly where she sat when she came to the park as a child (a backstory?). Also Ford said about people in her role, “many of you have come and gone over the years.” Maybe it’s a red herring, but it still smells.
Well, obviously. He’s the all-knowing, all-powerful god emperor of a robot kingdom. Of course there’s a chance that he himself is a host. There’s all kind of ways of looking at this. Perhaps an aging Ford created his own replacement. Perhaps it’s why he’s so reclusive. Perhaps it explains the young boy host who is clearly a younger version of him. He was also seen playing a piano recently, something thematically connected with robots across the board in this show. Really, would it be that much of a surprise?