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Westworld Is a Sequel to the Original Westworld Movie

It is mentioned that Westworld hasn’t had a critical failure in 30 years. Could it be that the events of the events of the 1973 film are canon and the backstory to this new series? Series creator Jonathan Nolan has written the mention off as “playful but not meant to be literal.” He told EW:

We wanted to connect to the ideas in the original film, but also take a look at this place as a cultural institution that is not new – because these ideas aren’t new. They stretch back to when Crichton was playing with them. We wanted to consider the park in that capacity, as a cultural institution in the manner of a Disney World. We feel like there’s a long story here. Like there’s something so pointed and sad for us about the idea that Dolores, this sort of evergreen frontier girl next door. She’s been that plucky heroine for 30 years.

Again, Nolan dismisses the suggestion without outright denying it. More on this later.


Westworld Is a Test For Something Else, But What?

Looking out over the world from some DELOS headquarters patio, quality-assurance manager Theresa (Sidse Babett Knudsen) tells “narrative” writer Lee (Simon Quarterman) that “This place is one thing to the guest, another thing to the shareholders, and something completely different to management.” What are those hidden motivations?

Lee would prefer that Ford quit improving the robots because he seems to believe that they don’t need to be that lifelike in order to excite the visitors. But someone, either shareholders or the management, is pushing for the AI to evolve. What could be their motivation? Maybe the DELOS corporation is trying to improve AI for military means, which could explain how this theme park was able to get the huge amount of funding needed to operate. Or maybe there is a billionaire behind the whole thing who wants to live forever inside of one of these AI androids, basically fulfilling the singularity.

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The Man in Black Was Involved In the “Critical Failure” 30 Years Ago

Bernard tells us that the park hasn’t had a “critical failure” in over three decades, and The Man in Black (Ed Harris) says he’s been coming to the park for 30 years. Is it possible that the two statements are connected?

But if the Man in Black caused such a disaster, would they continue to allow him to come back into the park for the three decades afterward? I would think, however, that he was there to experience that critical failure and his motivations now have been to either repeat it or discover some secret.

Or what if the Man in Black isn’t a human after all? /Film reader J. Smith suggests that Ed Harris’ character in Westworld is a sentient robot out to get revenge, that he was “The Original” glitch from 30+ yrs ago that DELOS doesn’t know is still on the loose, operating off the grid.

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Westworld Is a Video Game Virtual World

The Man in Black tells the card dealer that “There’s a deeper level to this game,” before scalping the robot on the edge of a cliff. Inside the robot’s head scalp is something that looks like a map or a maze.

Where is this leading him? Is this a game for him to discover? Could this be a virtual simulation, an extremely advanced VR world? That could explain how DELOS can afford all this land and materials, as it would be all digital.

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