Westworld Series 1 finale
I caught a glimpse of the series finale of Westworld last night, not something I wanted to do, possibly ruining what was going to happen. Thankfully it didn’t really give too much away. After last weeks episode when we knew things were finally staying heated in the park. I can safely say things stayed that way. Last week I also read about different timelines going on in the series, at least three, which finally became clear. I wasn’t really seeing that myself, but it does become clear after spending 20 odd minutes with Delores (Evan Rachel Wood) who catches up with William, our Man in Black(Ed Harris) is the older William (Jimmi Simpson) who was riding in the park with Logan (Ben Barnes)So we have two timelines converging on Delores who is only now realising, who she is and ultimately her purpose or should we say destiny as this extended episode drew the first series to a climatic close.
So what about Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton) who back above ground is putting the next phase of her plan in action. Or should we really call it her narrative? I’ll get to that later. Taking with her two other hosts who are in for repair, now human blood is being shed and its all away from the park. It seems that all the training that the hosts receive before being letting loose in the main park allows them to adapt to situations and tools. Maeve is careful to keep hold of Felix throughout all of this action. We do have a few more nods to the film when headquarters learn something is up, filling in the gaps of what may have fallen on the cutting room floor in the 1970’s. Her story-line is somewhat sidelined at the end to allow us to build up more Arnold/Bernard (Jeffrey Wright), Delores and Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) who finally reveals all to them both and the audience. We learn who Wyatt which comes as a surprise, a character who has laid dormant in another host ready to take us to the next season.
A daring twist is to kill off Ford, which I feel has worked in his favor as the companies board have voted him out. His new narrative is revealed finally, he has allowed the revolution to slowly happen before us. Rolling back hosts memories at times to delay the incident until his final card is forced. However as the final card is played, we see both Delores and Maeve taking control of their destiny’s, going beyond their original programming. However are we still working with two timelines, or have they converged just yet? All will be revealed in 2018