The Season 1 finale of HBO's Westworld saw a fan theory confirmed and Logan ride off into the sunset naked. So what really happened to Logan, and will fans get to see his return in Season 2?
Spoiler alert: This article discusses the Season 1 finale (Episode 10) of HBO's Westworld. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers.
The Season 1 finale of Westworld saw viewers mesmerized, confused, and elated all in one. Some fan theories were confirmed and others still left hanging.
For those that were predicting William (Jimmi Simpson) was actually a younger version of the Man in Black (Ed Harris), the theory was proven correct in Episode 10 of Westworld. The Man in Black revealed his evolution to Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) in the Season 1 finale, which, in turn, according to Vanity Fair, also helped Dolores fully evolve into a self-aware host.
Along the way, though, William ended up doing some pretty horrible things as he turned into the Man in Black, including setting his future brother-in-law, Logan (Ben Barnes), off into the Westworld wilderness while strapped, naked, to a horse. So what actually happened there? And, will Logan return in Season 2 of Westworld?
Episode 10 saw the Man in Black reveal to Dolores that approximately 30 years prior, he had gone searching for her, killing many hosts in the process and dragging Logan along for the ride. The last viewers saw of Logan was as William sent him off tied to a horse far out into the Westworld wilderness. Considering this happened 30 years prior to the Man in Black, it is unclear what became of Logan. It is likely he died -- or was deemed too unstable to continue in his current position in Delos -- on account of no one by the name of Logan turning up in the present day Westworld. However, could he still be alive, lost out there in Westworld and set to make an appearance in Season 2?
Before William slapped the horse and sent Logan on his way, telling him his father would need someone more stable than Logan on board at Delos, some interesting revelations were made. For example, it was revealed the photo Peter Abernathy (Louis Herthum) glitched out on in Episode 1 of Westworld was actually an image of Logan's sister and William's fiance, Juliet. Logan had shown it to William as a reminder of what was waiting for him in the outside world. Episode 10 of Westworld, however, saw William drop the photo while he was searching for Dolores.
Dolores and William's first interaction with her in Westworld was the catalyst for William becoming the Man in Black. While William was initially seen as a good guy, as Logan pointed out to him in the Season 1 finale of Westworld, it is possible William getting rid of Logan and taking over his position in Delos was William's real motive in Season 1. So, the Season 1 finale of Westworld, therefore, turned the viewers' perceptions of the two characters around. Logan was initially seen as the bad guy, but by the Season 1 finale, fans were sympathizing with him as William cold-heartedly turned him free in Westworld.
The ending of Episode 10 of Westworld was very unclear in showing what happened to Logan, but as Vanity Fair points out, perhaps he could show up in Season 2 of Westworld, either in a flashback showing a dazed and confused Logan, or alternatively, a flashback showing his corpse, which leads to William taking his place in Delos. Or, alternatively, Logan could show up in Season 2 in the present day and act as an adversary to the present day William known now as the Man in Black.
As Bustle points out, though, it could be likely William returned to Delos after his initial stint in Westworld and blamed everything he did on Logan, deeming him unstable to continue in his current role there, therefore opening up the position to William. They also believe it is likely Logan is still alive as everyone in Westworld is monitored fairly rigorously and it is unlikely they would allow guests to overstay their welcome without paying for the privilege. So, why hasn't Logan turned up in the present day in Westworld then? Only by tuning into Season 2 will reveal all.
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