[WARNING: The following contains spoilers for everything that’s happened so far this season.]
Westworld has been thrilling, captivating, confusing and at times, exhausting, but there’s finally only one episode left.
The tenth episode, “The Bicameral Mind,” will be 90-minutes. Although it’s still a few days away, HBO released a couple of new photos that we can pour over and dissect. There are photos of Teddy, Dolores, Maeve and Dolores again — but this time with the Man in Black. It seems like the show is going to end off right where it started, with a focus on Teddy, Dolores and the Man in Black, but with one week left to really get the theorizing juices flowing, let’s see what we can make of these photos.
There’s a lot to take in from this photo. Let’s start with the obvious: Maeve’s squad. There are four people in what is probably a room somewhere in the repair bay. It looks like it’s in basement of some kind, and considering how many hosts are with Felix, it doesn’t seem likely that all four would manage to make it out of the repair bay without someone noticing, so this seems like it’s in the early stages of Maeve’s attempt to get out of the building.
Along with Maeve and Felix, two new hosts have joined the party. They’re also the same two that Maeve killed in the last episode: Armistice and Hector. From what we can see, Armistice is wearing some kind of brown cloak while Hector is outfitted in a mechanic’s uniform. Obviously, the idea is to make them look like they belong to Delos so as not to get caught.
That brings us to another interesting aspect of this particular photo: Maeve’s outfit. We haven’t seen Maeve go through many costume changes. Usually, she’s wearing the dress she wears to work or stripped down to nothing while in the repair bay. In this photo, however, she’s wearing a black lab coat over another outfit and her hair is in a bun.
We’ve been building to Maeve’s host uprising and it seems like she’ll finally have a bit of an army, one she can control to help her make it out into the real world. We saw in the teaser from last week that there were more hosts than ever walking around Delos’ headquarters, so this could be the start of that mission.
Teddy is back in the clothes that we saw at the beginning of the series, which seems to imply that he’s in the most recent timeline. At the beginning of this season, we were introduced to Dolores — wearing the blue dress — and the Man in Black alongside Teddy. If we’re taking clues from their clothes — which we should — then this would point to a possible massacre in the town of Sweetwater.
So what does that say about the corpses? My theory: much like how Dolores sees things that have occurred in her past, Teddy also sees events that have already transpired. He’s trying to figure out what happened to him (remember his conversation with Angela in the last episode?), and flashbacks of what he’s been through are something that we’re likely were going to see in the finale.
Dolores (in the blue dress)
Like Teddy, the outfit that Dolores is wearing is very significant. If we go off that logic, than Dolores is also in her present timeline and (based on the slight bit of background we see) probably in Sweetwater. I’d also wager that Dolores and Teddy are learning about the massacre and who killed Wyatt at the same time.
The question is whether or not Dolores killed Wyatt. This has been the theory for a couple of weeks and these photos seem to indicate that it’s more than just a possibility, but of course, nothing is certain in Westworld.
Dolores and the Man in Black
There’s not a lot to take away from this, because this is essentially where the last episode ended. It is slightly ominous, however, considering Dolores’ name is on the cross in the graveyard. At some point, she must have died? Or perhaps she was killed? Maybe Teddy killed her after she witnessed what happened with Wyatt? Either way, it looks like she may finally get some answers.
Like I said at the beginning of this article, Westworld has been, at times, fantastically confusing, but it’s fun to sit around and try to figure it out. Whether or not we’re close, we’ll know the answer soon enough.
The 90-minute finale will air on Sunday Dec. 4 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.