HBO's 'Westworld' theories, Season 1

‘Westworld’ Theories: One Theory Has Been Confirmed In Episode 7, But It Has Now Created Several New Theories

Episode 7 of HBO’s Westworld has confirmed the theory about some of the humans are actually hosts. What other theories could also be true? Let’s have a look at the most popular new Westworld theories at the moment.

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In Episode 7 of HBO’s Westworld, viewers discovered that Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) is actually a host. Many fans had already suspected this theory prior to the reveal. However, now that it is true Bernard is a host, it leads to more fan theories, rather than less, when it comes to what is really going on in Westworld. Here’s a breakdown on the newest theories.

HBO's 'Westworld' theories, Season 1
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Elsie will return as a host

Elsie (Shannon Woodward) went looking for answers in Episode 6 of Westworld and managed to get herself abducted by an unknown person. As The Week points out, now that we know Bernard is a host, could Elsie get murdered and sent back onto the floor as a host parading as a human? It does seem a possibility if she has discovered secrets about Westworld she shouldn’t have.

Considering Bernard and Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) are likely the only ones who know Elsie was delving into the park’s secrets, it could be possible Bernard will be called on to kill Elsie, like he did Theresa. That would also mean that it was likely Dr. Ford (or one of his own hosts) who grabbed Elsie in Episode 6, since Bernard was on the phone to her just prior to her being taken.

Theresa will also return as a host

Now that the world of hosts as humans has been opened up in Westworld, so has a multitude of theories. Considering Theresa’s (Sidse Babett Knudsen) death will be hard to conceal in Westworld, some fan theories suggest Dr. Ford will merely build a replica of Theresa. This would mean Dr. Ford has a version of Theresa that is truly on his side as Mashable points out in their recap of Episode 7 of Westworld.

Having Theresa disappear completely from Westworld would certainly be super suspicious as Refinery29 points out. But, considering viewers learned in Episode 7 that Dr. Ford could make a host in two days, other fan theories point to the possibility of Theresa going on leave just like Elsie is currently listed as and return as a host, with Delos being none the wiser.

Bernard is Arnold

With viewers now knowing Bernard is a host, it brings to light other theories that have been simmering away over the weeks. While Episode 7 of Westworld suggests Bernard is younger than Arnold, fans point out that this is only because of what Dr. Ford has said. It is possible he is lying to protect the true identity of Arnold.

As Vulture points out, if you take the letters of Bernard Lowe’s name and rearrange them, you can make the name Arnold Weber out of them. While it has never been stated Weber is Arnold’s surname, it is certainly a name that could very easily be a surname.

So does that mean Arnold was a host all along? Potentially, but also, maybe not. Some fan theories involving Westworld suggest Arnold’s conscience was uploaded into Bernard prior to his death. This would mean Arnold could live on forever inside the body of a host.

While Dr. Ford is a firm believer in hosts being merely robots, there is evidence to suggest Arnold wanted to bring real life to his hosts. Perhaps Arnold did this before he died as a way to live forever.

HBO's 'Westworld' theories, Season 1
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Maeve has already been to the center of the maze

Many Westworld theories surround the “game within a game” that the Man in Black (Ed Harris) has been searching for in Season 1. However, is this game even meant for humans to play? While the Man in Black seems to be the only human interested in this hidden game in Westworld, there is the suggestion that some hosts have played the game.

When Westworld began, it seemed likely Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) was central to becoming an enlightened host. Now it seems she is playing the Maze Game, even if she is currently unaware of it. However, could another host have already journeyed to the center of the maze?

Maeve (Thandie Newton) has managed to accelerate her knowledge of Westworld and her involvement in it as a host. However, could this enlightenment have come about because she has already played the Maze Game?

HBO's 'Westworld' theories for Season 1
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An image shown very early on in the promotion of Westworld shows two people lying at the center of the maze. As the Redditor Pokapokaoka points out, the people in the center of the maze in the above image could be Maeve and her daughter. And, if this is the case, could that indicate that Maeve has already completed the Maze Game?

What are your favorite Westworld theories? Let us know by commenting below.

Episode 8 (entitled “Trace Decay”) of Westworld will air on HBO on Sunday, November 20, at 9:00 p.m. You can view the preview for Episode 8 below.

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