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Time Period 4: Current Events

Dolores (the present)

“Sometimes I feel… like something’s calling me. Telling me there’s a place for me somewhere beyond all this” (Dolores, episode 4).

Dolores is in her daily loop when she and Teddy encounter the MiB at Abernathy ranch. He takes her to the barn and pulls out his knife.

“Why don’t we reacquaint ourselves, Dolores? Start at the beginning” (The MiB, episode 1).

Her dad loses it after finding a picture and utters the phrase “these violent delights have violent ends” to her, which she in turn speaks to Maeve. She starts hearing Arnold’s voice and recalling past events.

When Rebus tries to rape her at Abernathy ranch in one of her loops, she remembers her previous father and her encounter with the MiB. She kills Rebus on Arnold’s orders, escapes his gang, and takes off on her own.

A Westworld staffer tells Stubbs that Dolores is making a significant deviation from her loop and it’s unclear if she’s being accompanied by a guest because Ford’s new narrative is causing trouble. He tells her to flag Dolores with Behavior and check up on it.

Dolores arrives in Lawrence’s hometown where she meets Lawrence’s daughter who tells her they come from the same place.

Dolores arrives in the graveyard outside Pariah alone. She goes through Pariah and boards the train to the outskirts of the park.

  • We see that William and Lawrence disappear when the story flashes forward to her journey in the present (it is, however, curious that she is wearing the same outfit as she was 30 years ago?).

Dolores arrives at the lake where William and Dolores met the young Confederado 30 years ago.

Dolores arrives at the Town with White Church.

  • We see that she is alone in the last half of the clip where she sees that the town with the White Church has been rebuilt as part of Ford’s new narrative and is completely abandoned (when she was there with William 30 years ago, there was only the black spire, and when she remembered it from the massacre days, it was full of life).

Dolores leaves the Town with the White Church, retracing her memories from 30 years ago and what happened during her time with William. Hosts don’t recall, but literally, relive memories, so in the present, she is following the same path that she followed 30 years ago that took her away from the Town with the White Church and back again.

Dolores again arrives in the Town with the White Church, and this time she enters the town.

Dolores enters the White Church and goes through the passage to the underground diagnostics facility where she sits alone. All the while, she is remembering having walked a similar path 34 years ago that led her to Arnold.

When Dolores reemerges in the Church, someone is about to enter the Church. Dolores hopefully says “William…”, but is horrified when it turns out to be the MiB.

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The Man in Black (the present)

“It’s the maze, the deepest level of this game. You’re gonna help me find the entrance” (The MiB, episode 2).

The MiB encounters Dolores and takes her to the barn to get reacquainted. He then goes to Sweetwater to find the dealer, Kissy, who “gives” him the Maze map and tells him about his friend, Lawrence.

He saves Lawrence from the hangman’s noose and takes him to his hometown where he kills everyone and uses Lawrence’s family to find the next clue to his journey, despite Lawrence’s daughter telling him that the Maze isn’t meant for him.

A Westworld staffer informs Stubbs about what the MiB is doing, but Stubbs replies “that gentleman gets whatever he wants.”

The MiB and Lawrence find Armistice who offers the next clue in exchange for assistance in breaking Hector out of jail. The MiB does this and is told about Wyatt, the villain of Ford’s new narrative.

The MiB and Lawrence take off to find Wyatt and encounter Teddy who’s been left for dead by Wyatt’s gang. They bring him along and the MiB kills Lawrence and uses his blood to keep Teddy alive in order to find Wyatt.

The MiB convinces Teddy to come along by saying that Wyatt has Dolores. They go into a bar where they meet Ford who asks what they’re doing, gives them his blessing and fixes Teddy.

They have to get over the border, but Pariah is closed, so they take a more treacherous path. They encounter Angela in her new build as one of Wyatt’s henchmen.

The MiB: “It’s you. I figured they retired you. Guess Ford never likes to waste a pretty face” (episode 8).

Teddy remembers what the MiB did to Dolores and knocks him out. Teddy takes him to a camp fire where they discuss the MiB’s past. Angela turns out to be in league with Wyatt and stabs Teddy in the chest.

Angela makes Teddy remember the massacre and tells the MiB that the Maze isn’t meant for him (echoing Lawrence’s daughter). She tells him to try one of their games and knocks him out.

When the MiB wakes up, he has a rope around his throat which is tied to his horse. He gets free and meets Hale, who wants the MiB’s help to push out Ford, as the MiB is apparently a member of the board and the one responsible for Ford having been kept in business “all those years ago.”

“Most of the guests just want a warm body to shoot or to fuck. They would be perfectly happy with something a little less baroque. And so would the board”

“That’s why you’re here? You want my vote to push Ford out?”

“I like for these things to be unanimous. After all, it was you who kept Ford in business all those years ago”

“The narratives I’m interested in aren’t Ford’s. You wanna push him out, be my guest. But no more interruptions. I know where I’m going now and I don’t want to be disturbed. Good luck, Charlotte” (Hale and the MiB, episode 9)

The MiB goes to the Town with the White Church where he enters the Church and meets Dolores.

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Commonalities between the MiB and William

“Is that any way to treat an old friend? I’ve been coming here for 30 years, but you still don’t remember me, do you? After all we’ve been through. They gave you a little more pluck, Dolores. Absolutely charming” (The MiB, episode 1).

Commonality 1: “There’s a Path for Everyone.”

“I used to believe there was a path for everyone” (Dolores to William, episode 4).

“As another old friend of mine likes to say, there’s a path for everyone” (The MiB, episode 5)

Commonality 2: Stories

“The only thing I had when I was a kid were books. I used to live in them. I used to go to sleep dreaming I’d wake up inside one of them ’cause they had meaning. This place, this is like I woke up inside one of those stories. I guess I just wanna find out what it means” (William, episode 7).

“This whole world is a story. I’ve read every page except the last one. I need to find out how it ends. I want to know what this all means” (The MiB, season 4).

Commonality 3: Marriage

“Dolores, back home, there’s a woman, Juliet, and her father owns the company where I work. She’s Logan’s sister. And when I get home, we’re getting married” (William, episode 7).

“Then, last year, my wife took the wrong pills. Fell asleep in the bath. Tragic accident. 30 years of marriage vanished” (The MiB, episode 8).

Commonality 4: Your True Self

“I used to think this place was all about pandering to your baser instincts. Now I understand. It doesn’t cater to your lowest self, it reveals your deepest self. It shows you who you really are” (William, episode 7).

“Because that’s what this place does, right? Reveals your true self” (The MiB, episode 8).

Commonality 5: Intimidation Factor

“I picked you precisely because you will never be a threat to anyone. My sister probably picked you for the same reason” (Logan to William, episode 5).

“There is not a man in the world that would take the tone with me that you do. In a past life perhaps” (The MiB to Lawrence, episode 5).

Commonality 6: On Adventures with Lawrence

“You and I hunted down Ghost Nation braves in their winter grounds. I know the whiskey you like to drink. I know the tune you whistle when you’re taking a piss” (The MiB to Lawrence, episode 2).

Commonality 7: Playing the Game

“You said this place was a game. Last night, I finally understood how to play it” (William, episode 9)

“Who said anything about you playing? I play” (the MiB, episode 1)

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