The Craziest Westworld Theories We Can't Stop Thinking About

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Is this punishment for me thinking that season 2 of Westworld couldn't possibly be as compelling as season 1? Suddenly, everything I thought I knew about Delos and robots and time itself has been turned on its head, making way for a brand new season of intertwining narratives and a whole lot of second guessing what the word "real" really means. With each new mystery comes a hundred more theories, but only some are worth holding on to.
As the season progresses, we'll be keeping an eye out for the theories and observations that are genuinely mind-blowing, and could answer some of the biggest questions on the show. Who's a host and who isn't? Who knows who the hosts are and who doesn't? What is Delos trying to do with all of these robots, anyways?
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It's hard to believe the creators of the show will ever actually tell us, but luckily, the fun of Westworld comes with trying to piece together the puzzle ourselves. To make things easy the next time you're in a heated conversation with friends about what the show actually means, or just the next time you sit down in front of the TV and need to know what to look out for in the coming episode, ahead we've rounded up all the craziest theories of Westworld season 2 — at least, the craziest theories so far.
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The Man In Black is a robot, trapped inside the park.

In the same Reddit thread about guest DNA, another poster says that William was similarly replaced with a host using his DNA, and is now trying to unlock his own consciousness.

"Potential evidence so far is mostly due to the filming and playing out of the episode: Anthony Hopkins young robot found him... out of the entire map... it found him to tell him about the new game. And in this episode we find out hosts can be used to track other hosts. Seems like the type of puzzle pieces that fit," user jroades26 wrote, adding, "Who is the ONLY (and I do mean ONLY) 'non-host' who the story has focused on (still alive) who's DNA might be worth stealing and has spent time as a guest in the park? William."
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The robots are going to procreate.

You saw that the opening credits changed, right? Notably, instead of two robot lovers, there's a robot mother and a baby, and Huffington Post thinks this means Delos is working towards creating robots that can reproduce.

“What really affected me most watching Season 1 was the bond between parent and child, and mother and baby, and I think led us to be like, what could we do that has the emotional resonance of the lovers but goes in a new direction of where the story has been, where the story is going?” Patrick Clair, the title sequence designer, told HuffPo. “I think there will be some real rewards for people as the season plays out. They’ll start to really be able to realize what that means and its place within the titles.”
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Teddy's brain has been transplanted into Bernard's body.

Something is definitely up with the Bernard that washed up on the beach at the very beginning of the second season, but Reddit user subvrsteve thinks it's something a little more than just shock. In a theory that's becoming more and more convincing, fans believe that Bernard's brain has been replaced with Teddy's, and there are a number of moments that prove it. Bernard's clothes look similar to Teddy's during the timeline on the beach, and in episode 1, after a technician says “[hosts] can’t just change their character profiles," Bernard looks at his hands. Then there's that line "I killed them, all of them," which is basically a one-sentence summary of Teddy's arc in season 1.

This theory is definitely worth keeping an eye on.
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There's going to be a flood.

The metaphors are getting too blatant to ignore. Teddy's last name is Flood, and Abernathy, as in Peter Abernathy, means "mouth of a river." In episode one of the new season, Bernard washes up on the beach and, later, all the hosts appear to have drowned in the water. In episode 3, we see that all the parks are connected by a ravine. In a biblical sense, this would also fit. Is Dolores actually Noah, gathering hosts for her arc?
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Bernard on the beach.

Over on Reddit, Magnum_Dongman floated the idea that the reason the Bernard who washes up on the beach doesn't have any scars is because he's a human-host hybrid of Arnold like the James Delos hybrid we met in episode 4. That red ball he grabbed? That could be Arnold's brain.
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