The thing about Westworld is that even when it gives you answers, those answers just raise more questions. So, yeah, the season one finale did shed some light on most of the mysteries the first nine episodes had been spinning (even if some viewers might have beaten the show to those answers). The maze was an internal journey to consciousness for the hosts. William did become the Man in Black. Dolores had been stuck in a loop for decades and finally broke free before kicking off Escalante Rampage II: Now With More Tuxedos. Cool. Cool cool cool.
But in doing all of that — and more — and ending on two separate mid-manslaughter cliffhangers, it might have actually opened more boxes than it closed. This show really just gave us a 30-second shot of robot samurai having a swordfight in an office building and the only explanation anyone provided was, “It’s complicated.” Well, yeah. Ancient Japanese warriors doing battle indoors at same point in the future usually is. And that’s not even the biggest question the finale raised. Not even close, really. Let’s dig in.
Who’s all dead here?
Between the ambush at the end of the finale and some loose ends from episodes past, this is a biggie. There are a lot of people whose fates were left at least a little open-ended. Let’s run down the list:
– Most of the board, including Charlotte: Other than Ford, we really didn’t see any of the bullets Dolores fired land. And she only has so many in that gun. But there were dozens of bloodthirsty zombie hosts coming out of the woods at the end, so it’s at least fairly safe to assume the body count will rise. It would be weird for them to kill all the humans, though. What would the endgame be there? Are we thinking they took some of board hostage?
– Ford: More on this in a second.
– William: A sincere and heartfelt congratulations to William a.k.a. The Man in Black a.k.a. Billionaire McPoyle for fulfilling his lifelong dream of getting wounded and possibly murdered for real by a robot. We were all pulling for you, bud. No clue yet if you managed to survive that face-off with the horde (or if you did, like, how?), but that’s the smaller issue here. The bigger one is you achieving your goals. Congrats.
– Elsie and/or Stubbs: I refuse to believe these two are dead. I also kind of hope we never find out anything about them ever again and they both become this show’s version of the Russian on The Sopranos.
– Logan: The last we saw of Logan he was tied up and butt naked on a robot horse that was riding off into the furthest reaches of the park. And that was 30 years in the past. Did he just starve? Or die of dehydration? How did William explain the mysterious disappearance of his future brother-in-law when he came home? And most important, what if Logan is still alive, just foraging for nuts and stuff for decades on the edges of the park, rocking a crazy beard like Tom Hanks in Castaway? I kinda wish this had been the post-credits scene now.