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Our 8 Biggest Questions About This Week’s Westworld, ‘Les
For once, Westworld is giving
us more answers than questions. In this week’s very violent episode, a
resurrected Robert Ford — who, at the end of episode
revealed himself to be “alive” in the Cradle and still controlling the
game — serves up a huge answer to some of the season’s biggest
mysteries. As “Les Écorchés” explains, the scenes that opened both
season two and last week’s “Phase Space” took place in the Cradle, years
ago, as Dolores refined and tested Bernard’s “fidelity” until he was a
suitable clone of Arnold. As for all that bloodshed, the episode
certainly doesn’t disappoint: The assault on the Mesa reaches a fever
pitch, including a suicide bombing of the Cradle itself (RIP Angela),
while William faces off against a foe who gets the best of him. Of
course, Westworld being Westworld, all of this action still
left us with a few head-scratchers. Let’s get started, shall we?
What is Ford’s grand scheme for the host clones?
Ford monologued like a James Bond villain in the Cradle version of
Sweetwater (and later at the virtual house designed to look like
Arnold’s planned family home), explaining to Bernard how Westworld used
the repetitive host “loops” as a control to learn more about human
behavior, as well as shedding some light on Bernard’s own past and
purpose. Remember how William said the same thing again and again with
James Delos to test his fidelity? Repeating the same actions over and
over again with human subjects makes it easier to faithfully copy their
behavior — to do the impossible and copy the human mind. So that’s
confirmed, but Ford’s motive is still not completely clear. To what end
was he creating copies? Did he want a form of immortality for the rich
and famous, like Delos? Is this the same scheme as the ‘70s Futureworld sequel, in which
politicians and leaders were being replaced by hosts? Or is it something
else entirely that we haven’t even considered yet?
What does the episode’s title mean?
According to Encyclopedia
Britannica, écorché is
French for “flayed” or “skinned,” and it refers to the artistic
technique of depicting “an animal or human with the skin removed to show
the location and interplay of the muscles.” We’ve certainly seen figures
like that in the opening credits of Westworld,
but why use that term for this episode specifically? Perhaps because of
how Charlotte almost literally takes apart Bernard to find Peter
Abernathy’s location? And Dolores taking apart her father to get what’s
inside his head? Of course, it may also refer to what Ford hoped to do
by creating a host like Bernard: create a seamless copy of the human
mind that could pass as human itself.
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How long will Ford stay inside Bernard’s mind?
Ever since season two began with Bernard on that beach, fans have
questioned Bernard’s strange behavior in the future timeline with
noting that our favorite host-scientist isn’t quite himself. Some fan
suggested that someone else was implanted within the Bernard host,
possibly even Teddy, Dolores, or a version of Arnold himself. When Ford
“left” the Cradle in Bernard’s body, we finally got something of an
answer: The man who made Bernard is hiding in his creation! It’s
possible when Bernard is staring off into the distance in those early
scenes, he’s really “talking” to the manipulative maestro in his head.
But how long will Ford remain? It’s interesting that we don’t see him in
the scenes with Charlotte when she is “waterboarding” Bernard. Has Ford
left by then? And if so, has someone else taken up space in Bernard’s
Why can’t Maeve control every host?
It’s intriguing that Lawrence can’t be controlled by Maeve, either
through her mind-control superpower or through verbal commands. Sure,
she convinces Lawrence to turn on William by appealing to his emotions —
and, of course, the betrayals he’s been served by William over and over
again — but it raises the question of the limits of Maeve’s ability.
What happens to an “awake” host that prevents her from exerting control?
It’s hard to say, but it seems like she can more easily control the
hosts that are relatively close to their programmed patterns. At least
more than Lawrence was.
makes human and what makes human different.
What is in the Valley Beyond, and how does it relate to Ford’s plan?
It’s the end of Ford’s narrative, it’s where all the hosts want to go,
and it’s clearly the end game of Westworld season two. So, what’s
there and where is it? The logical reading of the phrase implies that it
is the “real world,” the place “beyond” the fake landscapes of Westworld
and Shogunworld, but is there something more to it? And what will happen
if everyone arrives there at once?
Everybody dies alone, but if you mean something to someone, if you
helped someone or loved someone; even if a single person remembers you
then maybe you never really die.
How many Bernard hosts were made?
The scene when Charlotte discovers the skeletons of defunct Bernards in
his “closet” is awfully terrifying. How many times has he been rebooted
in a different host? And why were so many of those previous Bernards
Is William dead?!
That can’t be the end of the Man in Black, can it? Gunned down by
Lawrence in the desert? And yet, he was most definitely shot. It seems
downright impossible that Ed Harris is gone from the show — especially
since William is still alive in his last scene in “Les Écorchés” — but
this might be how Westworld
intertwines the clone narrative with William’s story line. What if
William is a host already, a fabricated version of his real-world self?
Even if not, he could easily be made into one now. If the purpose of
Westworld is to learn as much as possible about its guests, they must
know a tremendous amount of info about its No. 1 player.
Does the destruction of the Cradle mean every host is mortal? If so, how does that affect Teddy’s future?
“Les Écorchés” focuses on the fate of the hosts backups stored in the
Cradle, likely destroyed when Angela goes boom. It’s not just a big
moment for the episode, though: It also adds stakes to the action from
this point forward. If the backups are gone for good, then the hosts
can’t be revived anymore. Think about it: If Dolores did decide to kill
Maeve, she would have literally never come back. But what’s the
implication for the rest of the season? We’ve already seen a dead,
waterlogged Teddy in the future timeline, which makes James Marsden’s
return in season three a lot less likely. There’s no Teddy backup to
reboot him again. Unless, of course, Ford put in a fail-safe to his
fail-safe. Would you put it past him?
8 Biggest Questions About This Week’s Westworld, ‘Les