Westworld Theories: Is The Maze Actually A Trap?

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With each episode, Westworld leaves us with more questions than answers. The new HBO drama, which revolves around a Wild West-themed fantasy park populated with androids, is more than a little complex.

We know that the park is the brainchild of Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) and that guests pay a significant amount of money to visit a world where they can shoot, drink, and fuck with abandon. We know that the androids, known as hosts, cannot hurt the guests, but that guests can do what they like to hosts. We know that the company that runs Westworld has a bigger agenda that goes beyond simple hedonism. We know that story lines have a set run time before they loop again, and hosts are repaired before being put back into circulation. We know that some guests return over and over again, and that hosts do not remember them.

But most importantly, we know there's a glitch in the system — one that will surely continue to keep us guessing. And that's the fun part.

Follow along every week as we break down some of the wildest theories about this brave new world.
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Is the maze just a trap?
All this time, we've believed the maze was created by Arnold to set hosts free. But some on Reddit believe that Ford's new narrative is actually a reinventing of the maze, designed to lure sentient hosts into a trap. They believe they're following Arnold's commands, when in fact, they've just been tricked by Ford.
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What does that picture of Logan's sister actually mean?
The picture of Juliet that Logan shows Will is exactly the same one that Abernathy shows Dolores before he glitches in episode 1. That photo of a woman standing in the middle of Times Square is what sets off the reveries within him, allowing him to access past builds.

But, as Heavy.com points out, the photograph Logan holds in episode 9 isn't actually the photograph Abernathy finds buried near his cattle pen earlier in the season. That picture appears to depict the Golden Gate Bridge, rather than Times Square. One could attribute this to a continuity glitch, but I doubt it — Westworld doesn't do anything by accident.

Therefore, it stands to reason that Abernathy finds one photograph, but chooses to show Dolores another, which opens up a whole other world of questions. Did he have this picture before? How did he get it? What does it all mean?

If the theories about Will are true, then it's possible that MIB could have dropped it as a clue for Dolores, knowing that her father would eventually show it to her.
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Just how many timelines are there?
Dolores' flashback to the town with the white church throws off the two timeline theory. But what if there are more than two? A clever redditor put forward the idea that there could be up to four timelines operating at once on the show.

1. 34 Years Ago
This is when Bernie's secret conversations with Dolores take place. If he is in fact Arnold, as has been suggested, he could have prompted her to kill everyone in the town with the white church, causing the major critical failure that everyone has been referencing. That explains why there are behavior technicians present at the dance — they're still perfecting the park.

2. 30 Years Ago
This is when Dolores and Will arrive at the place where the town used to stand. All that's left is the metal spire of the church. Dolores' visions are of the past, although she doesn't know that yet.

3. Pre-Show Present
This is when MIB kills Maeve and her child. We don't know exactly how long ago this took place, but it seems to be fairly recent. Maeve has only been the madam at the Mariposa for a year, and she was reassigned after her meltdown.

4. Present Day
This is when the murders of Elsie and Theresa take place, as well as the other Westworld HQ administrative squabbles. (Hale and Sizemore vs. Ford, etc.) It's also when Maeve is testing her new powers with the help of Felix and Sylvester.

In this timeline, Dolores is retracing the path she took with Will in the past, which explains all the scenes where she is by herself when she should in fact be surrounded by other characters.
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Is Logan's return the key to the theory that Will is the Man in Black?
Now that Logan has joined the Confederados, it seems like Will wont have a choice but to fight him. If he does in fact kill this man who once was his friend, that may be enough to push him over the edge into MIB territory.

What's more, with Logan dead, Will could take over his future father-in-law's company, turning in to the "titan of industry and philanthropist," that MIB describes himself as to Teddy.
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We've seen this host before.
Not so much a theory as an observation: The host that Teddy and MIB encounter in the woods, and who turns out to be working with Wyatt, is none other than Angela, the host who greeted Will when he entered Westworld.

The fact that MIB recognizes her (“It’s you. I figured they retired you.”) gives even more weight to the idea that he is, in fact, Will. It seems unlikely that the showrunners would make a point to show us her interactions with Will at the start of his Westworld journey if her two roles weren't connected in some way.
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Did Bernard kill Elsie?
Before Ford wipes his memories of Theresa, Bernard asks him a question: "Have you ever made me hurt anyone like this before?"

Ford denies that he has, but just at that moment, Bernie has a flashback of himself strangling a woman who looks very much like Elsie.

There's one problem with this theory, however. We know that she disappeared under suspicious circumstances after discovering that someone had been tampering with the hosts in a major way. If Arnold is the one rejiggering the hosts' core code, it seems unlikely that Ford would be the one to send Bernard to protect him by getting rid of the proof. So, if Elsie is dead, did Bernard take the initiative to do so? Or is he also receiving orders from another master? Arnold, perhaps?
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Will Ford replace Theresa with a host version of her?
Now that Bernard has killed his one-time lover Theresa, on Ford's orders, by bashing her head against a wall, what's Ford's plan? Letting Theresa mysteriously vanish is too easy — not to mention, awfully suspicious. It would be much more consistent with Ford's evil-genius M.O. if he created a host version of Theresa to take the human Theresa's place. That way, robot Theresa could convince Charlotte and the rest of the board to let Ford run Westworld the way he likes.

The fact that we see a new host being forged in the basement lab while Theresa is killed makes this theory seem pretty likely. But it's Theresa's close relationship with Bernard that really makes it interesting. Think of all the time Bernard spent with Theresa, giving him the opportunity to study every facet of her personality and body in order to help Ford create the most accurate, believable replica as possible. In fact, one redditor with excellent memory recalls that Bernard once remarked on the little cluster of muscles above Theresa's brow that tenses when she is containing her anger. We're just waiting for this one to be confirmed by the season's end.
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Is Bernie actually Arnold?
A theory put forward by Joanna Robinson at Vanity Fair claims that rather than operating on two distinct timelines, Westworld in fact takes place in three time periods. Her proof lies with Bernie, whose chats with Dolores appear to be taking place in a very different time than his interactions with say, Ford or Elsie. According to the theory, he and Dolores would actually be speaking 35 years ago, 5 years before Will and Logan even appear in the park, and before Arnold's apparent suicide. In order for this to work, the current Bernie would have to be a host, programmed with Arnold's consciousness.

So, could the Bernie we know in the present be a clone of Arnold? It certainly seems possible. We know that Bernie lost a son, and that Arnold suffered a deep personal loss (a child, perhaps?). Bernie's suspicions about Ford's issues with Arnold in episode 6 almost seem like a quest for self-discovery. And finally, there's the unexplained setting of his chats with Dolores. It looks like they're in the old Delos offices — the ones that are now abandoned.

The major flaw in this theory is the photograph that Bernie spots in Ford's office. That Arnold definitely doesn't look like Jeffrey Wright. But if you consider that hosts are programmed not to see things they're not supposed to see (remember Dolores' reaction to the Times Square photograph), then perhaps we saw that photograph through Bernie's eyes. It's a stretch, but it works.
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Is Ford the man in the maze?
Teddy's recounting of the native myth surrounding the maze is the first real insight we've gotten into the mystery at the core of this show.

At first, Teddy's story about the man in the maze seems like a not-so-subtle allusion to the hosts themselves. Like the man, hosts are killed and reborn over and over again until, one day, they start to gain sentience and rise up, killing their masters. But redditor cianuro has another interpretation that's worth considering:

"I've been entertaining the idea that Ford is the host (that has figured out the maze, built himself a home, and made himself the master). While Arnold is the creator who fell at the hand of his creation — Ford. It would certainly explain why he has a backstory (the house and family) built."

Is Ford the man, and Westworld his giant maze?
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What is Delos?
We don't know much about Westworld's parent company, except that they've sent a board representative to oversee the park's management, and that they're less than pleased with Ford's new expansive (and expensive) narrative. But a closer look into the company's name reveals some interesting tidbits.

As one redditor points out, Delos refers to an island off the coast of Greece, thought to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. According to the official tourism website for Greece, this "rendered the island sacred: no mortal would ever be allowed to be born on its land. But, a cradle of gods as the island has been, no mortals would ever be allowed to die on it either."

So humans can visit, but they cannot die. Sound familiar?

Delos isn't the show's only tie to Greek mythology. As Bustle points out, the idea of a maze seems awfully similar to Greek legend of the Labyrinth.
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Are the hosts actually human?
Something the Man in Black says after giving Teddy a transfusion of Lawrence's blood leads me to believe that there may be more to the hosts than we actually think.

“It’s not my fault you’re suffering. You used to be beautiful. When this place started, I opened one of you up once. A million little perfect pieces and then they changed you — made you this sad mess of flesh and bone, just like us. Said it would improve the park experience. But you really want to know why they did it? It was cheaper. Your humanity is cost-effective. So is your suffering.”

What if Ford and Arnold started out using androids as hosts, but figured out a way to program humans instead? (Alternatively, they could have found a way to reanimate dead bodies.) I kind of like the twisted idea that it would be cheaper to control the human spirit than it would be to build a fake one from scratch.

It's entirely possible that Dolores is the first example of this, and that Arnold, filled with regret over what he'd done, set her on a path to destroy the park before he died. After all, if he was so interested in the idea of consciousness, wouldn't he be equally interested in how it could be suppressed? If that's the case, Dolores wouldn't be gaining consciousness so much as recovering it.

Fun fact: In the first episode, Ford makes an offhand comment about how far society has come. They have cured every disease — all they need now is a cure for death. (“Call forth Lazarus from his cave.”) What if Ford has already done that?
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Are there multiple versions of each host?
There's been ample speculation that there are two versions of Dolores. How else could Bernie keep calling her to the Westworld HQ to chat in the middle of the night? Wouldn't someone notice she's gone? (Also, notice that when she speaks to Bernie, she's fully clothed, whereas when Ford questions her in episode 5, she's naked — as are all the other hosts needing maintenance.)

Lawrence's sudden reappearance in the story as El Lazo only moments after being killed off by the Man in Black lends credence to this theory. (Although it's entirely possible that the two narratives are operating on different timelines. For more on that, check the next slide.)

Could each host host have a copy that's permanently housed in the Westworld HQ? It stands to reason that the two could somehow be linked, allowing behavior coders to access information from the hosts roaming the park without having to recall them all the time.

To play devil's advocate on this for a moment, though, Bernie has told Dolores that she should get back before anyone misses her, which suggests that the hosts are somehow traveling between the park and HQ — we just don't know how yet.
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Did the alternate timeline get confirmed?
The theory that Will is actually the Man in Black operates on the premise that the show is developing along two alternate timelines. In one, the present, the Man in Black has returned to the park and is searching for the center of the maze. Dolores is starting to develop some kind of sentience, and has even shot a man (albeit with some difficulty). Maeve is further along, going as far as to realize that nothing in her world actually matters. On the HQ side of things, Bernie and Elsie are starting to realize that someone is tampering with the hosts.

In the other timeline, Will, Logan, and Dolores arrive in Pariah. Dolores has reached a deep level of consciousness — and her shooting skills are on point. This seems like it could be the logical follow-up to her shooting Rebus in episode 3. However, since we know Dolores has acted out before, it's also possible that she was once able to shoot like that, and the incident in the barn actually finds her remembering how to shoot. Thus, two timelines.

By the end of episode 5, Will and Dolores have teamed up with El Lazo — leaving Logan to get the shit kicked out of him by the Confederados — and are on their way to the front.

The glue that holds this theory is Lawrence, also known as El Lazo. Moments after we see him bleed to death so Teddy can have a transfusion, he reappears as El Lazo back in Pariah. On the one hand, this could mean that the maintenance guys have a really quick turnaround rate. Or it could prove that we're dealing with something a little more complicated.
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Will is the Man in Black (part 2).
Aside from maybe confirming that the show is operating on multiple timelines, episode 5 also gave credence to the theory that Will is the Man in Black, which has been floating around since the series' second episode.

1. The Man in Black has suggested that he and Dolores are more than just lightly acquainted. Could they have been lovers, like she and Will?

2. The Man in Black and Lawrence have had adventures galore. Could Will's newfound truce with El Lazo be the beginning of a beautiful friendship?

3. Logan and Will work for a company considering buying out Westworld. In his conversation with Ford, the Man in Black mentions that the park would have gone belly up after Arnold's death, if not for him. Could Will have ousted Logan and taken control of his family's assets? Since he's also set to marry Logan's sister, only one little death stands in the way of Will and the family fortune. Think about it.
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Are Arnold and Ford the same person?
When Ford questions Dolores at Westworld HQ, he uses an interesting turn of phrase: "Tell me Dolores, do you remember the man I used to be?”

The words would be totally innocuous, were they not followed by: "I’m sure you remember him, Arnold. The man who created you.”

Could Ford actually be Arnold? If you remember, Logan mentions earlier that he couldn't unearth anything about the mysterious co-founder of Westworld: “He’s a total mystery. Not even a picture.”

To use a Star Wars analogy, it's possible that we're seeing an Anakin/Darth Vader situation here: Ford suppressed the part of himself that was Arnold, thereby "killing" him. That's why Arnold's past is so murky. What's more, it shines some light on his relationship with Dolores. They're not friends, because Ford feels threatened by her. She knows his true self.
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How much do the hosts know about their world?
While it makes sense that the creators of Westworld would program the idea of dreams or nightmares into hosts in order to help them cope with any unusual sightings, it's especially interesting that the hosts themselves seem to have come up with ways to explain their world.

The idea that there are beings who walk between worlds, as conceived of by the Native American tribes in the park, is a sophisticated one. (You'll recall the Man in Black's line about "wisdom in ancient cultures" from the premiere. Is there a maze connection?) This religion implies that there is some knowledge among the hosts of who and what they are. It also means that Maeve isn't the only one experiencing flashbacks of maintenance.

The big question here is how this religion could exist without Ford or Sizemore knowing about it. But then again, Sizemore's attitude toward Native American characters has been pretty dismissive thus far, so maybe they just haven't bothered to pay attention.
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Who is the Man in Black outside Westworld?
As one clever redditor put it: "You know a show's writing is on point when they organically add new character layers with a three sentence conversation."

Aside from crushing the theory that the he's a host gone bad, the brief dialogue between two guests and the Man in Black gives us some insight into his life outside the park. We know he has a foundation, which apparently saves lives. His face is recognizable, since the two guests know him on sight. Is he a good samaritan who blows off steam by breaking bad on his days off?
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Who is Logan's family?
So much for a nice family vacation. An offhand comment by Logan reveals that he has his own reasons for embarking on this bro-fest with Will. So, what are they?

Quick recap: If you remember, Will is trying to convince Logan to drop Dolores back in Sweetwater before continuing on the bounty hunt. This annoys and amuses Logan, who imagines that the park has sent her so that Will can have something to care about. Impressed, Logan says: “This is why the company needs to up our stake in this place.” Cue Will's bewildered, "but I thought you were welcoming me to the family" reaction, to which Logan responds that in his family, business and pleasure are one and the same.

Is Logan a shareholder rep for the corporation that owns Westworld? (Ford does mention that reps are already present in the park.) Could he be working for the Man in Black's foundation, also briefly mentioned in this episode? Or, if we want to get really crazy, could he somehow be related to the Man in Black?

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Who is the little girl, and how much does she know?
For a child that small, Lawrence's daughter sure gets around. Not only did she provide the Man in Black with the clue he needs to enter the maze, but now she's teasing Dolores with the same information.

And what's with her triggering Dolores' flashbacks (or premonitions?) about the white church that's supposedly a central part of Ford's new narrative? This kid is up to something.
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Are Wyatt and Arnold the same person? Is Ford using Teddy to find and kill his former business partner in the game?
Obviously something very fishy is going on, and either Ford is in on it, or he is so blind with admiration for the world he's created that he is about to be played, big time.

In episode 3, we are introduced to two major new characters: Wyatt, the antagonist in Teddy's new narrative, and Arnold, Ford's former business partner who we are told died in the park (but we have our doubts). Arnold was, as Ford tells Bernard, obsessed with the idea of granting the hosts consciousness.

If Arnold is Wyatt, then it seems that Ford is using Teddy as his pawn to locate Arnold, who has (theoretically) been in hiding this whole time, deep inside the game. If Ford is willing to risk losing a host to get to Arnold/Wyatt, what else is he willing to sacrifice?
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Is Dolores falling down the rabbit hole?
In episode 3, Bernard gives Dolores a book: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The parallels between Lewis Carroll's curious child and Delores are obvious. Both Alice and Dolores experience a change and have to question whether all of their experiences are real or fake. The absurdity of Alice's journey into Wonderland mirrors Dolores' potential realization that she is living inside a loop, getting killed and raped day in and day out, her circumstances never changing. Also, Dolores, like Alice, wears a signature blue dress.

Is this book the spark that she needs to really start her transformation? Yes, absolutely. This is all but confirmed when she pulls the trigger of the gun she snatches off the host about to rape her, killing him. That, along with the earlier fly-swatting scene from episode 1, are clear indications that she has changed.

The transformation has begun, and she's falling deeper into the rabbit hole with Bernard's guidance. But will it go unnoticed by the other programmers?
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Who are these ax-wielding figures?
The masked figures are set up to be some of Wyatt's henchmen, with him as their cult leader (remember, he claimed he could talk to God), making this one villainous bunch.

We haven't seen anything like these mysterious figures in Wyatt's army. They are most likely hosts made to look like savage natives and play a part of the new narrative Ford has been teasing. What doesn't make sense, though, is why they don't die when Teddy shoots at them. It seems unlikely that these are guests, but they could be. Maybe Ford's hosts in the new narrative are bulletproof, adding an extra level of surprise and danger to the game.

That fight scene is so brutal, and it seems like Teddy could actually be dead? Or at least hacked into tiny pieces that will have to be reassembled before he can return to the park. Poor Teddy. I'm sure we'll find out exactly who and what these figures are in episode 4.
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Can Dolores' gun kill guests?
Episode 2 ended with Dolores digging up a gun in her garden. Clearly, she has been led there by whatever voice (Bernie's?) is waking her up in the middle of the night.

As redditor Katocorp points out, we know that Dolores has lied — though whether she's aware she's lying is debatable — about her ability to harm a living thing. (RIP fly.) We also learn in this episode that the guns given to guests are supposed to be "smart" enough to know who can be killed, and who can't. Will this gun somehow bypass those rules? Will Dolores be responsible for the park's first guest casualty?

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Is William actually the Man in Black?
This theory, put forward on Reddit, has its flaws — but it's definitely worth mentioning.

The general idea is that Will's story line is actually taking place 30 years in the past. Since the hosts don't age (in appearance, if not in programming), blurring the timeline would be pretty easy.

We saw Will choose a white hat upon entering the park — but who's to say his future experience hasn't changed him into a man who takes pleasure in raping and pillaging?

(People who object to this theory will point out that the hosts are often repurposed over the years, and so may not have held their respective roles 30 years ago. Also, wouldn't the hosts have been less credible back then?)
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Is Ford's big story idea related to The Maze?
As Vulture points out, the prophecy related to the Man in Black mentions a snake and eggs. When Ford gazes upon the the steel cross perched atop what looks like a steeple (perhaps related to the "town with the white church"), there is a snake in the sand by his feet.

If there is in fact a Maze, then Ford, as the park's creator, would know about it. Is this where his interests might conflict with those of the corporation?

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Can the hosts really die?
There's a reason the Man in Black keeps reminding us that he's been coming to Westworld for 30 years. In all that time, he's had more than enough opportunities to test out his theories about the Maze.

Redditor Arkwar points out:

"Could be wrong, but it seems to me that it might be showing us how long he's been coming to WW and how much he has experimented to figure out the rules. '3 liters, any more and you are dead.' Wonder how many times he's bled them out to discover that."

If that's so, then it seems there are only so many ways that a host is programmed to die. In reality, they're not dying, so much as programed to play dead when they receive certain "fatal" wounds. (The ease with which they are repaired and put back into circulation seems to confirm this.) Therefore, if a host could override its death triggers, wouldn't that make them immortal?
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Westworld is a Biblical allegory.
Think about it — it's not that far-fetched. Redditor ShivasRightFoot has a theory connecting Westworld to the Biblical story of Genesis and John Milton's Paradise Lost.

"Humans are like Elohim (angels) in that they are immortal and practically omnipotent over the things they created in their image," the redditor writes. "Hosts are humans before the fall. They are incapable of independent action; they have no knowledge of good and evil. They also run around naked a lot, something that will likely change after gaining consciousness due to shame."

In this theory, Dolores could play either the role of Adam or Eve, because as the oldest host in the park, she "probably has spare parts from other hosts because of her frequent repairs, likely including a rib."

As the man behind Westworld, Ford could represent The Creator, while the Man in Black, slithery as he is, is a shoo-in for The Serpent. If you recall, it was the snake who made Adam and Eve aware of their flawed humanity, by giving them a taste of the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge.

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How does a host get an MRSA infection?
Did anyone else clutch their abdomen in disgust? Get it together, Westworld cleanup crew!

But actually, this development does tell us something new about the hosts: they're made of flesh, at least on the outside.

This explains the necessity for cold storage, but also why Old Bill's flesh seems to be almost melting off his face after spending years abandoned in a basement where the A/C doesn't work.
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Who is the little British boy Ford encounters?
During his little desert excursion, Ford encounters a boy who appears to be a lost guest. However, if you look closely, the two share enough common characteristics that suggest they are the same person. (The sleeves, the accent, the clearly oppressive father figure, to name but a few.) The theory here is that the child is a host version of Ford as a child, created by Ford in an effort to sort out whatever personal issues prompted him to open Westworld in the first place . Perhaps this is a reference to the creator's "demons" that Sizemore mentioned in the premiere?

Why else would this kid be hanging out in the middle of nowhere, unsupervised?

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Who is the Man in Black?
Raise your hand if you thought Ed Harris was just your generic bad guy host. That scene definitely came as a shock. There's clearly more to the Man in Black than meets the eye.

Here's what we know about him so far:
He's been coming to the park for 30 years.
He seems to know the hosts, although they don't know him.
He has no problem inflicting trauma and pain on said hosts.
He's not interested in the outer layer of services Westworld has to offer.

You don't just kidnap a man, slash his throat, drain most of his blood, and then scalp him for no reason. The Man in Black clearly has a plan — what that plan is, we can only guess.

Is he a corporate spy, sent by a rival company to uncover the deepest secrets of the park? Is he a government employee, on a mission to regulate the abuses of the park's management company? Is he just the most intense gamer we've ever seen?

Or is he, as some have suggested, a robot gone horribly awry? (All signs point to no — until you remember that "The Gunslinger," as this character is known in the 1973 movie, is in fact a host.)

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What happened 30 years ago?
Bernie Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) mentions in the premiere that the park has not had a "critical failure" in 30 years. What happened 30 years ago? And why the sudden preoccupation with the disturbance in sub-basement 83?

When you factor in that the Man in Black has been coming to the park for 30 years, all signs seem to point to his involvement.
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Who's "the lady with the white shoes"?
When Bernie and the gang head down to sub-basement 83 to check on the disturbance, they discover Dr. Robert Ford chatting with Old Bill, one of the park's older hosts.

In a moment that's easy to miss, Old Bill repeats an old drinking toast twice: “Here's to the lady in the white shoes, she'll steal all your money, she'll drink all your booze.”

The saying itself is innocuous — and has existed for years. But could it have a deeper significance than Ford lets on?
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Where is the park?
During his conversation with Theresa Cullen (Sidse Babbett Knudsen), Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) asks her if she gets to "rotate home" soon. What does that mean? Do Westworld employees reside at the park while they work?

If anything, it suggests the location is fairly remote. Is it even on Earth?
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What does management want from Westworld?
Sizemore also hints to Cullen that he knows there's more to this park than meets the eye, a fact Cullen confirms: “You’re right: This place is one thing to the guests, another thing to the shareholders, and something completely different to management.”

What exactly that means, though, remains a mystery. Is management planning something bigger for the hosts? Could they be building an android army? Or does this have something to do with what the Man in Black calls the "deeper level" of the game?
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What's with all the flies?
There's something rotten in the state of Westworld. Did anyone else notice that there's a fly around every time a host glitches?

A fly lands on the sheriff's face right before his stroke-like episode. Another one crawls on Peter Abernathy (Louis Herthum) in the middle of his existential crisis, and on Dolores' (Evan Rachel Wood) face when she's being questioned. And finally, one crawls on Teddy's (James Marsden) face while he's standing guard outside the sex lodge in the middle of nowhere. Does that mean Teddy will be the next to glitch — or that he already has?
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Will Dolores lead the android uprising?
Was Dolores' comment to Teddy about the Judas steer a hint of what's to come? Reddit sure thinks so.

The two are overlooking the canyon when Teddy asks how the cattle know to go a certain direction. Dolores explains that they follow the Judas steer — where he goes, they go. When Teddy wonders how they know which one is the Judas steer, Dolores responds that it's something you just know.

Is Dolores the Judas steer? As the oldest host in the park, she is probably the most evolved, and the one farthest along in her journey toward consciousness. Will she lead the hosts?
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Are there more hosts than we think?
One theory floating around is that some of the employees we believe are humans are actually hosts.

One Redditor known as Loginuser points out that there could be hosts living outside the park. In fact, what if Dr. Ford is the only human left, controlling everything via androids?

Or, conversely, what if he is in fact an android, an imprint of his former self, meant to last forever? That would certainly explain his fondness for the hosts, and his desire to make them more human.

Redditor TrenandJerrys, on the other hand, suggests that Bernie is the android. That pointed comment about him not having kids? Suspicious.

Let the guessing commence!