I guess you could say we here at Oohlo are obsessed with Westworld, and we feel no shame about theorizing and possible yarn wall construction. We hope you’ll join in, especially now that HBO has released these episode descriptions for all but the season finale, “The Bicameral Mind”, which airs on December 2nd.
November 6th, Episode 6: “The Adversary”, Directed by Frederick E.O. Toye (Person of Interest, Fringe, Lost, Alias), written by Jonathan Nolan and Halley Gross.
Maeve charms [Felix] Lutz (Leonardo Nam); Elsie uncovers possible sabotage; the Man in Black and Teddy run afoul of a garrison.”
November 13th, Episode 7: “Trompe L’Oeil”,directed by Frederick E.O. Toye, written by Jonathan Nolan and Halley Gross
Dolores and William journey into treacherous terrain; Maeve delivers an ultimatum; Bernard considers his next move.”
The title “Trompe L’Oeil” aka trick of the eye generally refers to an artistic perspective technique that creates an optical illusion to fool the observer (samples).
November 20th, Episode 8: “Trace Decay”, directed by Stephen Williams (Lost, Zero Hour), written by Lisa Joy and Charles Yu.
Bernard struggles with a mandate; Maeve looks to change her script; Teddy is jarred by dark memories.”
“Trace decay” generally refers to the snippets — bits — of memory left behind when short term memories fade away.
November 27th, Episode 9: “The Well-Tempered Clavier”, directed by Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead), written by Dan Dietz & Katherine Lingenfelter
Dolores and Bernard reconnect with their pasts; Maeve makes a bold proposition to Hector (Rodrigo Santoro); Teddy finds enlightenment, at a price.”
“Well Tempered Clavier” refers to a series of Johann Sebastian Bach solo keyboard pieces.
In the most recent preview of the weeks ahead, Teddy mentions that the maze is an “old native myth”:
Wonder what he’s referring to? Of course we must; these writers don’t slip in anything without a reason. Check out this excerpt from a story in Ruth Murray’s Singing for Power.
The world was made by Earth-maker out of the dirt and sweat which he scraped from his skin… the flat earth met the sky with a crash like that of falling rocks, and from the two was born Iitoi, the protector of Papagos. He had light hair and a beard. Iitoi and Earth-maker shaped and peopled the new world, and they were followed everywhere by Coyote, who came to life uncreated and began immediately to poke his nose into everything … It was Earth-maker, the creator, who came forth first, and Iitoi next, but Iitoi insisted on the title and took it. Iitoi ‘brought the people up like children’ and taught them their arts, but in the end he became unkind and they killed him … But Iitoi, though killed, had so much power that he came to life again.”
Sound familiar? Just sub in Arnold and Robert Ford for Earth-maker and Iitoi, and let your mind do the walking.
Clearly the Hosts have some issues to work out.
I’m thoroughly convinced the George Eliot story refers to Ford and Arnold’s shared love for a real “Dolores” who died or was murdered (by Ford?) Maybe that’s why Arnold killed himself, if indeed he did. I’m still of the mind that Ford killed Arnold. Perhaps Arnold’s desire to create consciousness sprung from the real Dolores’ death (Could she have died in childbirth? Is that the Little Boy connection?); he wanted to find a way to bring her back, and Ford disagreed.
Clearly, the Dolores we know is experiencing some kind of trace memory issues aside from the voices she’s hearing.
I don’t know about you but for once, I’m rooting for the AI.
In closing, here are a couple of close-ups at Ford’s (Arnold’s?) notebook: