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What The Heck Is Going On In HBO’s New Gem ‘Westworld’?


Photo credit: Warner Bros. Television Distribution

Photo credit: Warner Bros. Television Distribution

We were all intrigued after the first two episodes of “Westworld”, the HBO’s new and pretty confusing hit TV show, but we are now 5 episodes deep into this strangely dystopian and Kubrick-like world, and we still don’t know what the heck is going on.

Sure, we couldn’t really expect anything different from a TV show produced by J.J. Abrams, but the audience is getting a bit restless.

Let’s see why.

First Fan Theory Confirmed: 2 Separate Timelines

Latest episode confirmed one of the first fan theories that cropped up recently, saying that there are indeed 2 different timelines and the narrative is MUCH more complicated than we first thought.

Beware – spoilers ahead!

We are now pretty sure that William is indeed the Man in Black, as we saw “the Man in Black kill Lawrence only to have Lawrence reappear moments later in a scene with William, suggesting that the two scenes are taking place on very different timelines”, as Nerdist.com noticed.

However, this not all. Not by a long shot.

3 Or More Timelines

We now have a reason to believe that the theory of dual timelines is just too narrow, and that Westworld might actually be taking place over three or more separate timelines, making its narrative that much heavier.

This can be explained with the newest popular theory: “Bernard, the park’s head programmer, is actually a robotic duplicate of Arnold, Westwrold’s deceased founder. The scenes we’ve seen between Bernard and Dolores are actually scenes between Arnold and Dolores, which would mean they’re happening even earlier than the William scenes”, says Nerdist.

To sum things up, we now have at least 3 different timelines to keep track of:

  • Arnold’s Timeline
  • William’s Timeline
  • And the Man in Black timeline

Are all these timelines real? Well, if you can’t tell, does it matter?

Stay tuned.