The Most Important Questions Heading Into The ‘Westworld’ Season One Finale

12.01.16 1 week ago 19 Comments

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There are, if we estimate it conservatively, somewhere in the neighborhood of 79446808357 open questions as we head into the Westworld season one finale. The producers claim that all of them — or at least almost all of them — will be answered in the 90-minute episode, but they’re kind of cheating because they’re the ones who get to make up the answers. Me? I don’t have the answers, which would make attempting to answer all 79446808357 of them both something that would take very long and something that would be impossible. I am not going to even try. Sisyphus, I am not.

So, instead of doing that, let’s just look at 10 of the biggies. Some of which will not really be biggies, but things are decidedly smaller but have just been bugging me. Westworld is a weird show, man. Let’s dig in.

1. Is William the Man in Black or nah?

He is. He totally is. Unless he isn’t. But he is.

The evidence is all right there: They have the same knife; William is turning into a murderous psychopath; and William is about to marry into a family whose company is a major investor in the park, which is notable because we just learned that the Man in Black is on the board of the company that owns it. And then there was the whole thing at the church with Dolores calling out for William and the Man in Black walking through the door. It all adds up.

Which is why I’m starting to question it. Like, he still is, obviously, definitely, but now it almost seems… too easy. Right? It’s a show that has gone out of its way to okie-doke us with theories for over two months now. Would you be that surprised if you found out in the finale that, oh, let’s say William dies and his billionaire twin buys his way onto the board and becomes the Man in Black to investigate it all? I mean, honestly? You’d be surprised, sure. And probably bummed out. But that surprised? On this show?

But yeah, he totally is.

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