Westworld S1 Finale: The Bicameral Mind Review/Recap

  • Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jimmi Simpson, Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Ben Barnes, Thandie Newton, Angela Sarafyan, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Ingrid Bolso Berdal
  • Network: HBO
  • Genre: Sci-fi

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD from Westworld season finale.

The first Seaon of Westworld is over, and so many question were revealed, and twists that we didn’t see coming. The identiy of the Man in Black (Ed Harris) is finally told, when he follows Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) to the old church and she keeps going on about the man who loves her, William, will come and rescue her. But the Man in Black breaks the news that William will not be coming because he’s already here. All those memories Dolores was having, and her being confused as to what time period she was in, past or present now makes a lot of sense. The Man in Black reveals himself to be William, 30 years later. Turns out Dolores has been living in the past during her entire trip with William, and briefly with Logan, and that night that young William told her run from the camp Logan held them at, was the night that William lost her, and during all that time, William spent it looking for her, and during that time he became the man in black. He became obsessed with the maze, and what it meant, and has memories begin to follow Dolores reveals the truth. The maze was created by Arnold as a way for the Hosts to find their consciousness, and the only Host to ever do so was Dolores, and the voice that’s been leading Dolores through her adventures was not Arnold, or even Ford, but Dolores herself who once solved Arnold’s maze.

During his adventures in the park, William discovered his likeness for killing, and thanks Dolores for helping find who he really is. And though the two of them had a lot of passion/love 30 years ago, the same can no be said now. Both attempt to kill the other, when Teddy shows up, distracting Dolores long enough for William to fatally stab her. Teddy then rides away with Dolores.
Turns out Maeve plans aren’t going the way she thought they would, though refuses to believe it. Has Maeve (Thandie Newton), Hector, and Armistice make their escape by killing a bunch of staff members, and when Maeve demands Felix make more changes to their programming, he makes an unlikely discovery. All this time Maeve believed that all her decisions have been her own, but a quick look at her programming shows that she has been given a new narrative called, “Escape”. The three hosts and Felix make their way through the facility, and find other hosts for other story lines, and during the entire trip Felix keeps a watchful eye on Maeve. Armistice (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) is left behind when her arm gets trapped in a door, and when the finally trip out arrives, Hector (Rodrigo Santoro) is unable to follow because Maeve never written him that far into her story, and leaves him behind, where he’s killed by staff members. Felix (Leonardo Nam) provides Maeve with the materials she’ll need for her new adventures, but has she arrives to the train thoughts of her daughter come up as she watches a mother and daughter duo. Either deciding to go back for her, and whatever her narrative reason, Maeve retreats from the train, and returns to Westworld.
Ford (Anthony Hopkins) is being forced to retire after the announcement of his new narrative, but there’s no way he would just give up the world that he created. On the beach, Teddy (James Marsden) holds Dolores has she dies, and Teddy is frozen mid grief, and their new story is presented to the staff has Ford’s new narrative. But that’s not the only narrative Ford has cooked up before his retirement announcement. The Hosts are serving the staff, but outside the festivities William is shot by an oncoming horde of Hosts who are descending upon the unsuspecting party goers.

The only one who must likely orchestrated the Host invasion is Ford, and during his retirement speech, Dolores moves has if a predator through the crowd, and gives a brief warning to Teddy, before climbing on stage with Ford and gets into the same formation as she did when she killed Arnold. Gun in hand, Dolores stands behind Ford, and kills him. As the crowd descends into chaos, unaware that another threat is upon them.
What does this mean for Westword in the future? Dolores has completed the maze once again, and is fully aware. William is in the path of an oncoming horde, and Ford is dead. Maeve if fully aware, but never left Westworld and still roams the facility. Will the Hosts take over the facility, and escape into the real world? And is all thi part of Ford’s last new narrative?
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