Hey Scripted TV Hangover fans, I have to apologize. I was planning on writing a more in-depth Westworld Season 1 Finale preview post earlier in the week, but then life happened and I had a crazy busy week at work, so here we are. Since it’s Friday night and I want to get something out before the weekend, I’m going to give some rapid-fire predictions for Sunday’s episode. I promise to do a more detailed post on where I see the show going in Season 2 next week.
Before I get to that, I do want to comment on how much I love Westworld. Between the incredible acting, intriguing mysteries, and interesting technology, I’ve been completely enthralled with the first nine episodes of the season. As a huge The Walking Dead fan, it’s hard for me to say this, but Westworld has been the show I’ve looked forward to watching most every Sunday (and it isn’t even close).
One big part of why I (and many other) Westworld fans have connected with the show is the abundance of room for theorizing about the show’s mysteries. And the creators haven’t shied away from revealing answers so far. With that, let’s dive into my predictions for the finale, with only a bit of explanation on each. If you want to discuss anything further, use the comments section or hit me up on Twitter @ColinLatchford.
Spoilers ahead for the first nine episodes of Westworld.
[Character] is secretly [Character]
In episode 9, Westworld hit us with a huge fan theory confirmation (which I was 100% on board with) that Bernard is (essentially) Arnold. Jeffrey Wright is playing both characters on the show, which also confirms multiple timelines. But will Westworld do it again only one episode later? Let’s look at the top contenders for this type of theory:
William is The Man in Black
If this isn’t confirmed, we riot! There’s plenty of posts out there on why this popular fan theory must be true, and I’m totally on board. Westworld has noticeably avoided ever saying Ed Harris’s character’s name, so it has to be someone we know. And with Arnold off the board as of last week, the leading contender is William. My Prediction: Yes, we will definitely get this confirmed in the finale.
Logan is The Man in Black
This theory has gained some traction with fans lately, but mostly just as a counterpoint to the William Truthers. I don’t think anyone would even be considering this if the William theory hadn’t become so popular. My Prediction: Not a chance.
Charlotte is Arnold’s Daughter
I’m not going to pretend to take credit for this theory as I’m totally piggy-backing off my favorite wacky theorizer, Jo Garfein. In the Jay & Jack meets Post Show Recaps crossover episode, she floated this theory and I fell in love with it instantly. The evidence she presented: Bernard’s son’s name is Charlie (close to Charlotte), she’s super young to be the head of the board (but potentially not if she’s a founder’s relative), and she looks like she could be Jeffrey Wright & Gina Torres’s daughter. My Prediction: I’m confident this is true, but I wonder if the reveal gets pushed to Season 2.
Teddy is Wyatt
Let’s face it, Wyatt is going to be someone we know. His name is referenced way too much for him to end up being the actor we often see in blurry flashbacks representing him. Lately, I’ve been more into this theory than the following one, as I’ve felt like James Marsden needs to be playing a bigger role in the show. My Prediction: I think we are heading for this reveal as Teddy’s memory gets clearer, confirmed in the finale!
Delores is Wyatt
This is the other side of the Wyatt coin and I have to say, this one has never connected with me. After seeing the flashbacks of Delores attacking the town, I can totally see why fans expect this reveal. But, I feel like Delores has so much more story outside of the Wyatt mythology that I don’t want her to be tied down into this plot. My Prediction: Even if the evidence is against me, I don’t see the show going this route.
[Character] is a Host
I’m going to address this all together, as I don’t think any other presumed-to-be human characters will be revealed as hosts in the finale. The Bernard-is-a-host reveal was my favorite moment of the season and I think hitting that same note again would soften its impact on the show going forward. My Prediction: No more humans-are-hosts reveals in Season 1.
Maeve is by far my favorite character on Westworld and if Thandie Newton doesn’t get an Emmy nomination for that walk in The Adversary I'll be PISSED! The big question on her character heading into the finale is: what exactly is she planning? I’ll throw a few predictions out there:
1. Maeve will not leave the Westworld compound.
2. Maeve will recruit hosts and take over a part of the Westworld lab.
3. Maeve will not respond to any human’s commands (including Ford).
4. Maeve will kill a major human character.
Let’s close things out with the man who started it all, Robert Ford. I’m not going to dive into what I think his new narrative might entail or anything he’s planning with (or against) the Delos board. All I’ll predict is the biggest talking point about Robert Ford among the fan base: whether the head of Westworld will make it out of the season alive. My Prediction: Robert Ford will die in the Season 1 Finale.
Bonus: I’ll take my prediction one step further, I believe Maeve will kill Robert Ford.
And there you have it, all my predictions are locked in. I left a few theories on the board, so let me know in the comments or on Twitter if you want to discuss any of those. Again, I apologize for keeping things short this week and I promise to come back next time with a much deeper dive into the show. As always, thanks for reading Scripted TV Hangover and see you next week!