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The Man In Black Is A World-Renowned Surgeon In The Real World

While Episode 5 of Westworld seems to add fuel to the fire that we are seeing multiple timelines, we are still a ways away from a confirmation on the Man In William theory. Even though I believe it will, let’s for a moment consider that theory doesn’t pan out or at very least, let’s consider that The Man in Black is no longer an Executive Vice President at some firm. What does the Man in Black do in real life? Perhaps he’s a world renowned surgeon.

The following theory comes from Comrade_leviathan:

In Ep. 1 he drains Kissy of enough blood to leave him barely alive, something that most people probably wouldn’t know. In Ep. 4 the ride-along Guest that approaches MiB at Armistice’s camp says that MiB’s foundation saved his sister’s life. In Ep. 5 he drains all of Lawrence’s blood in order to perform a transfusion on Teddy, something that arguably only a medical doctor/surgeon would know. I think MiB is a world-renowned (based on his comment to Lawrence about “ain’t a man alive that would take the tone with me that you do”) surgeon or medical doctor. Add to that his comments to Teddy about MiB’s fascination with the prior design of the Hosts… mechanical versus flesh and bone. He clearly despises how weak and fragile biological life is, presumably based on his experiences in his profession. Bonus: Rewatching Compasso, I was relieved to realize that when MiB looked at the young Ford boy and said “too small” he was talking about the amount of blood, not something more sinister.

He makes some good points. But could the Man in Black’s knowledge of blood transfusions just come from three decades of playing in this world? Like any hardcore gamer, he probably know the ins and outs of the games rules, to the exact level of how much blood loss “kills” a host.

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What Is Up With Cats And Episode 5?

This one is less of a theory and more of an observation. You may not have noticed it, but Episode 5 of Westworld had quite a few cat references. The episode opened with Dr. Ford relaying a story to Old Bill about his boyhood greyhound bewilderment after finally killing the neighborhood cat. Of course, this story serves to tell us something about Ford himself. Like child childhood pet, he spent his whole life with one goal (Westworld) and now that he has achieved it he doesn’t know what to do with himself. Which begs the question, what is his new narrative?

The second set of feline mentions come in the introduction of the odd-couple lab techs Felix Lutz and Sylvester (Ptolemy Slocum). Were they named after the famous animated cats as a reference to their cartoonish comic relief role on the show, or is there something deeper? Vulture theorizes that “given all the reasons to muse about characters’ potentially myriad incarnations and plains of being, all the cat references could be another way of subtly seeding the notion of multiple lives.”

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The Meaning Of “These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends.”

Earlier in the season, the quote “these violent delights have violent ends” was spoken by Peter Abernathy to Dolores. The Westworld engineers figured out that Peter knows the word because, in one of his past lives as a host, he was a professor of Shakespeare. It’s been pretty much assumed that this trigger phrase reprograms the hosts in some way, but we’ve never really explored the possible meaning of the phrase in the context to the show and story. The quote itself is from Romeo and Juliet:

These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, Which, as they kiss, consume. The sweetest honey Is loathsome in his own deliciousness And in the taste confounds the appetite. Therefore love moderately. Long love doth so. Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow. – Romeo and Juliet, ActII, Scene VI

The basic gist of this passage is that Romeo says he doesn’t care if he dies the next day, as long as he can marry Juliet. Friar Lawrence warns Romeo that a love so strong can be explosive. Shakespeare is also using the word “violent” here because of its double meaning. It comes from a root word that means “impetuous, ” and the Friar is using it to say “impetuous” love while the author is forecasting the couple’s violent end at the end of the play.

It might be easy to assume that the quote is meant to reflect on the rampant violence in the park, but Gathly on Reddit theorizes that “if we take the impetuous meaning too, then perhaps it’s also a reference to the idea of bringing consciousness to the hosts as being too impetuous and leading to humanities end.” He points out that there’s a character in the show named Hector Escaton, with the word Eschaton being a Greek word in Catholic theology referring to the ultimate end of the world.

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The Meaning Behind El Lazo’s Name

Speaking of names and meanings, Doublerolls points out that Clifton Collins Jr.’s character Lawrence’s nickname “El Lazo” transliterates into Spanish as “The Loop”.

More precisely the name means “The Lasso” or “The Noose”. This name has a lot of layers to it: The transliteration of the name references the cyclical nature of Westworld and possibly an even larger cycle that hasn’t become apparent yet.(In some form of Dual Timeline.) The name meaning “The Noose” references the fact that, if left alone, El Lazo’s story always ends with him being hanged. If we were to read into it further, it’s even possible that El Lazo himself is trying to use the third meaning of his name, “The Lasso”, and not referring to either of the other two. What really puts the cherry on top of those 2 or 3 meanings is that “Lazo” is also almost certainly a reference to Lazarus, although the meaning behind that beyond the simple fact that he is resurrected is not yet clear.

And Lawrence also a connection to the trigger phrase “These violent delights have violent ends,” which as we pointed out earlier, is a quote from Romeo and Juliet. That quote is spoken by Friar Lawrence, who is also the character who procures the poison for the couple. Maybe this might symbolically come to play at the end of William and Dolores’ young romance storyline?

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