With just one episode left in its freshman season, “Westworld” has set up a bunch of symbolic dominos and, one by one, the show is knocking them down with some jaw-dropping bombshells. Sunday’s (Nov. 27) episode, titled “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” did not disappoint. And after a long wait, we finally got some answers regarding Dr. Ford’s (Anthony Hopkins) former partner — the ever-mysterious Arnold Weber.
Leave it up to Maeve (Thandie Newton) to help jog Bernard’s (Jeffrey Wright) memory once again. After she was apprehended and brought in for analysis, she ended up turning the tables on the man (we mean host) and reminded him of his real nature of being. Taking some initiative, Mr. Lowe confronts Dr. Ford — with the help of an armed Clementine (Angela Sarafyan) — to get complete access to his previously blocked memories.
And while Bernard went on a jarring trip down memory lane, Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) did her own type of soul searching as she too dug up some details from the past. What she found on her run from Logan and his men was the real purpose of that little white church. In a world of secrets, leave it up to a confessional booth to act as a secret elevator to the old Delos facilities of yesterday.
As Bernard requested Dr. Ford to take him back to his first memory on record, Dolores found herself sitting in that familiar chair where she’s had secret meetings with Bernard.
But, as we learned, that was never Bernard.
Creating Mr. Lowe as an homage to his former partner, Dr. Ford finally shows Bernard his true self. And as he commands the host to put the gun to his temple, Dolores recounts one very impactful memory: She killed Arnold.
Yet again, “Westworld” reveals it is working on two timelines. As another example of this, we get a quick glimpse at William’s (Jimmi Simpson) future wife. This is the exact same photograph that sparked Peter Abernathy’s (Louis Herthum) malfunction and unveiled the downfall to Dr. Ford’s new reveries.
But what it also completely confirms is this: William and Logan’s (Ben Barnes) story exist in the past. And if you take a close look at the handle and blade of William’s knife, you may see some stark similarities to the one the Man in Black has been carrying with him this entire time. If ever there was clear cut proof that William and the Man in Black were one-in-the-same, this would be it.
There’s just one episode left before the show goes on an extended hiatus while Season 2 gets put into production. With Maeve’s new partnership with Hector (Rodrigo Santoro) and the Man in Black getting closer to finding the maze, one has to expect Ford’s new narrative to be one heck of a doozy. But will it be able to stop the pending coup from transpiring? That, friends, is the real question.
“Westworld” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.