There’s no denying that Maeve’s (Thandie Newton) storyline in “Westworld” was one of the bloodiest and most complicated parts of the show’s first season. In fact, it’s still hard to tell exactly what happened and what her narrative was supposed to be — but we’ve got a pretty crazy theory about it.
The finale revealed that from the second Maeve first “woke up,” she was on a new, planned narrative to gain consciousness and incite other hosts to rise up and escape with her. What we thought was a completely self-motivated action turned out to be just another loop for her to play out. So what was Maeve’s narrative, and why was it important?
When you factor in Ford’s (Anthony Hopkins) plan to have Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and the decommissioned hosts slaughter the Delos boardmembers at their own party, Maeve seems like just another cog in that machine. While the hosts in the park were taking care of the investors, she and her merry band of misfits could be outside, making the park’s control center a bloodbath.
But what if Maeve wasn’t part of Ford’s plan at all?
From the jump, we were suspicious of Felix (Leonardo Nam) and his less-than-clear motives for playing around with the hosts. At times, he seemed all too eager to help Maeve execute her uprising, even going so far as to stay by her side after she’d slashed throats and murdered other technicians. What kind of person stays in the company of murderous robots after they’ve slaughtered your coworkers? More importantly, what kind of human survives that ordeal, when literally dozens of human security members were dying left and right?
The one tried and true rule of “Westworld” is that everything and everyone is part of a narrative — be it a host, a programmer, or a mastermind. If Maeve was on an uprising storyline of her own, it only makes sense that Felix is either another host, or he’s a paying customer.
We saw in the finale that other worlds exist within the park, even though we’ve never spent any time in other areas like “Samurai World.” Our theory is that there’s a robotic equivalent — something akin to “Cylon World” — where paying customers can insert themselves into a robot uprising (as a completely unsuspecting technician, of course) giving them to the options to choose whether to aid the humans in suppressing the rioting hosts or help the hosts break out of headquarters in an attempt to be autonomous.
If that’s the case, it would explain the gratuitous violence of Maeve’s escape — seriously, how are we supposed to believe these hosts murdered so many trained guards without once getting hit themselves? — and her choice to exit the train and return to the park in the end. She’d fulfilled her narrative, so naturally she’d return to the beginning of her loop.
For Felix’s part, he mostly just seemed to be along for the ride, letting things happen around him instead of actively taking part. Suspicious, no? Even the lack of physical violence to Felix has got us suspicious. Who else in the park avoids any and all damage but the newcomers? All of this is either a convenient plot hole in “Westworld,” or a sign that we need to go back and re-watch his scenes to looks for discrepancies. If he turns out to be the most convincing paying customer in “Westworld” history, we’re going to be seriously impressed with the show’s ability to play the long con.
“Westworld” is scheduled to return in 2018.