Haven’t posted something in here in awhile. Nowadays I post wherever else I am on the Internet. Keep neglecting this place. As is often the case, I’m using this blog space to save something I was going to post at the YouTube page for the video below. I decided to seriously curtail what I was gonna say there cuz it got too long, but I wanted to save it here. I actually have a lot to say about WestWorld. I’ve written some notes on dead trees and also posted elsewhere on the Web. Maybe someday in the next year or so I’ll collect more of my thoughts about HBO’s WestWorld here. Maybe not. I dunno. Anyway, the salvaged diatribe follows after this youtube video link.
By the way, this will NOT be how WestWorld season two will actually happen. It’s just how I’d want to write it if I could. It should go without saying if you haven’t already seen all of season one of WestWorld you really shouldn’t even be on this page. Consider this your spoiler warning. Go watch it. It’s fun.
I’d want the second season to continue alluding to other parks like Samurai World or Future World or Game of Thrones World, but if we visit these places it’s only cursory. The majority of the stories still take place in WestWorld. I’m hoping season two of WestWorld consists of multiple time periods as well.
The Present Narrative: First off we will address events immediately after the end of season one. It should encompass mostly characters we already know, but also new characters, some of which we might recognize in the second narrative but in different ways, and not until a few episodes in. This narrative addresses who survives. How they get out. That sort of thing. Though events are intentionally shown out of order, we’ll essentially see eventually what happened immediately after Dolores killed Robert Ford’s robot decoy (the real Ford escaped and may or may not be seen at all this season) up to several days later after most guests are killed and the rest retreat and build up a way to fight back. This leads to a final confrontation that encompasses the back five episodes of season two and involves Felix, Maeve, Elsie, Stubbs, whoever else on the guest side we just can’t kill due to contracts or whatever, and most if not all the hosts that were still ‘alive’ by s1’s end at least make appearances here if not chew on scenery throughout the season. The siege on “guests” by the “hosts” leads to a stalemate. We learn that Elsie and Stubbs survived season one and are still real people, tho Stubbs may or may not be a host that should be left uncertain, and after Stubbs and Elsie escape the hosts, they help the human employees in the control room survive. However they don’t make it to the Control Room until the last five episodes. As this storyline progresses, from episode six to ten people die left and right, and at the very end one character who is a host is forced to attempt to install the memories and emotions of another character who is a guest in a crazy gambit to create a hybrid of both host and guest, in hopes this merger will end the siege on WestWorld and lead to a truce. The cliffhanger is whether or not the merger made things better or worse. That may or may not ever be directly answered by the rest of the series. It’s kind of a Capulet and Montague sort of thing. Hatfield and McCoys. Leads to a sort of truce but it’s very weak.
The Future Narrative: The next storyline takes place five or ten years after The Present Narrative. Because seeing familiar faces in this storyline would give away how the first narrative ends, the first few episodes involve none of the characters we currently know. Everything appears to be back to normal, with an entirely new cast of characters on both the host and guest sides at first. Totally new narratives. A LOT more guests than were seen in the first season. It’s now much less expensive to go to WestWorld. There’s a lot of college students. Young gorgeous people who think they know better about everything. The hosts act much simpler minded and the narratives are terribly bland, but the guests don’t seem to mind cuz they’re there just to fuck and kill. It’s much more like a live action video game now. Guest characters seem to know little to nothing about the history of the park. We’re shown at first what the park is like from a guest’s perspective, when it’s firing on all cylinders and all the safeties are in place. The various actual tragedies depicted in season one are either unverifiable myths or complete shocks to people visiting the park when they learn about them. Violence and sex are same as ever but when hosts die they ‘play’ dead. All hosts know this isn’t real, and they’re going along with it. Though programmed (or perhaps they choose) to pretend, the robots secretly know they’re robots, and can’t feel pain or pleasure unless they wish to. However, visitors have not been told this, and a few new host characters begin to suspect something more insidious is going on. This plotline gets crazy towards the last couple episodes and leads to a major misunderstanding between guests and hosts. The hosts have indeed come up with a truce after negotiations with Delos Corp and for an unspecified number of years they’ve been continuing to keep up pretenses in return for control over their own core programming. However, the guests start an uprising from inside the park and feel threatened by the creepy hosts who secretly have been way more sentient than they were letting on. The guests stir themselves and each other into a frenzy which leads to the equivalent of mob rule and they storm the proverbial castle. It becomes impossible to tell who is more monstrous by the end of the second season, the hosts or the guests. Both seem threatened by the existence of the other and the idea of coexisting seems impossible. The cliffhanger on this storyline is that WestWorld appears to have been utterly destroyed out of fear, hate, carelessness, et cetera. This should be like the end of Empire Strikes Back. If there’s even a glimmer of hope by the end, they did it wrong.
The Control Narrative: The control room is being run by Maeve and Felix. Whenever the first or second narratives need to go to the control room, we see Maeve and Felix in a torn up control room and they look a little worse for wear. Lots of dead bodies all around them, but they manage. Outside the walls of the control room there are indications the park is at war, or falling apart. Lots of debris, but they’re managing to keep everything going just the two of them rather successfully. They just want to keep up appearances, and not let the guests know anything is wrong. Felix is a little more confident than he was when she met him, but both of them are concerned about a third party which is kept under wraps until halfway through the season. At first we’re led to believe this storyline goes along with the events immediately after season one. Then after awhile it begins to look like Maeve and Felix are running things five or ten years later. Or maybe it’s a combination of both. Then that’s put into question and by the end of the second season we learn what Maeve and Felix have been doing this entire time was replicating events for a third party. Where they are is still the location of WestWorld, but the park has long since stopped keeping guests. Felix is now a ‘host’ but maintains everything that made him human in the first place. He’s the first successful “guest/host” transfer. Maeve and Felix are in a facsimile of WestWorld replaying on loops events that transpired in the past, and are being forced to do this partly as punishment for something, and partly cuz this “third party” is trying to uncover information about WestWorld’s past to accomplish some unspecified future goal, which we learn about in season three.
Season three doesn’t take place on WestWorld at all. It’d actually address the other parks. Samurai, Medieval, and FutureWorlds. Different storylines, all taking place at the same time as season one. Season three would explain what happened to hosts in these other parks when the programming of hosts in WestWorld started going akilter, and how guests and employees in those respective locales addressed it. The software changes bled over into these other worlds as well, but the results were very different in each case.
Season four would address William’s wife’s story. Turns out she was keeping secrets from him too. She didn’t kill herself. William’s daughter said that to William cuz she hates her father. Very passive aggressive. William’s wife faked her own death so she could permanently get lost in Medieval World under an assumed name. She fell in love in there with a host. Turns out her relationship with William, while not physically abusive, was psychological torture cuz she had reason to believe Logan’s stories about what William was really like, but couldn’t confirm them. She sensed William was capable of harming her and her daughter, but he never actually did. She’d escape this psychological torture by venturing into Medieval World, where she had adventures of her own that rivalled “The Maze.” Of course William would find this out and provided he survived season two, he’d go to Medieval World to try and win his wife back. I see a powerful scene where William digs up his wife’s grave and finds a deactivated host inside that looks just like her. We also learn why Ed Harris William looks nothing like his Jimmi Simpson self: when he found out which host his wife fell in love with in Medieval World, he had plastic surgery to make himself look exactly like the robot. He thought this would win his wife over, but instead it’s what caused her to fake her death and run away cuz damn that’s creepy, isn’t it?
And of course season five would be zombies infiltrating all the parks simultaneously in all time periods due to a time machine in the distant future that went berserk and there’d also be pirates and ninjas cuz reasons.