It makes complete sense that, after only four episodes of Westworld, we are all trying to decode its meaning like it’s ancient scripture – as opposed to something being written in a conference room with a box of donuts in the corner. But Westworld deliberately leans in to its mystery, fueling more and more speculation about this wonderful new world we are watching.
Ahead, we will break down all the clues and try to figure out where the next ten seasons are headed based on these first four episodes. So let’s try to discover what it all means, together, because this is all very, very important.
1. The Maze
The Man in Black (Ed Harris) is searching for the maze. But here’s where the trickery of Westworld deals a devilish hand: He’s not looking the kind of maze that you solve (you know, like Pac-Man), he’s looking for maize, because he’s hungry. When’s the last time we saw the Man in Black have a good meal? All he wants is some delicious maize. And if you look closely at the map on the inside of that scalp, that’s clearly a maize field where some aliens left crop signs. So that’s a big clue about this show: The robots harvest delicious maize, but they keep it a secret. Will the Man in Black ever get to eat the maize? My best guess? The last scene of the series will be a close-up of a smiling Ed Harris. He will look at the camera and say, “hot damn,” then bite into the maize.
2. Is William the same person as the Man In Black?
Yes, he is. This is undeniable at this point. But, the twist is that he’s not Ed Harris’ Man in Black, but someday William will become the Man in Black on Lost. It’s so obvious now that it’s getting embarrassing. For example: William and Logan set off on an adventure out of town and, frankly, seem lost at times. Hello! They are “lost.” Um, Lost. I really wish Westworld wouldn’t telegraph this stuff so easily. I feel so confident about this that I predict the second to last scene of the series, right before Ed Harris’ Man in Black eats maize, William will say to Logan, “Well, I have to get back home, smell you later,” then he will teleport back to the island and look like Titus Welliver again. Look, it’s all right there in front of you, folks.