Now That Ford Knows His Enemy On ‘Westworld,’ He Can Finally Start Making His Moves

11.11.16 4 weeks ago

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Two weeks ago, I wrote of the challenges of trying to figure out Westworld this early, because it’s difficult to solve a mystery when we don’t know the entire premise yet. The premise, however, finally seemed to availed itself in this week’s episode, “The Adversary.” This show is not about a war between the hosts and the humans. The point of the series is not about what’s at the end of the maze, either.

No, Westworld is ultimately shaping up to be about a war between Robert Ford and Delos, the corporation that controls Westworld. Despite what Abernathy might have us believe, the hosts aren’t after Robert Ford and Bernard. They’re not after their makers. They are his army, and my guess is that the final game he is setting up in the park is designed to overthrow Delos and set that army free.

This doesn’t weaken the possibility that Bernard is a host — in fact, it strengthens it. Bernard was likely being used by Robert to spy on an unwitting Theresa, and her decision to break up with Bernard will hasten the battle between Ford and Delos. Ford has lost his inside man and now he’s going to be forced into action against his enemy.

It doesn’t change our theory that Dolores is the one who holds the key to the maze, either. I still believe that Arnold hid the information needed for a full-on robot insurrection at the end of that maze and/or in the mind of Dolores, and that she is unwittingly seeking that out in service of Ford. Bernard is also shaking her down for Arnold’s intel. Having seen Ford take such an interest in the host version of his own family — as built by Arnold — only bolsters the theory. “If you could only see your son again, Bernard, wouldn’t you want to?” Ford asks. He is officially in this now to create sentient hosts. He’s not afraid of Bernard falling down the same rabbit hole as Arnold. He wants him to take that path. Ford may be brilliant, but he also may be a little mad. Ford is “chasing his demons right over the deep end,” as Sizemore suggested in the pilot.

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