The first season of HBO’s thriller Westworld concluded Sunday with “The Bicameral Mind,” and it was a literal mind-blower. Fans took to social media to air their feelings, freakouts, and doubts about their own humanity.
Anyone have a recommendation for therapists specializing in #WestworldFinale existential crises?
— Satya (@CharisseMSRD) December 5, 2016
— JetsettersFlyin™ ✈️ (@JetSettersFlyIn) December 5, 2016
EVERYTHING IS BEING CONFIRMED AND I DON'T KNOW HOW TO FEEL #WestworldFinale
— Mike Bloom (@AMikeBloomType) December 5, 2016
But since we won’t get another new episode of the groundbreaking series for two years, this 90-minute finale had to wrap up a lot of loose ends ― and of course, raise a ton of frustrating new questions.
Dr. Ford’s (Anthony Hopkins) final, grand narrative had nothing to do with stereotypical savage hordes or even a return to the simpler times of that city swallowed by sand. Ever a thousand steps ahead of those scheming against him, Ford determined that the best story the Hosts can tell is the one they write themselves.
So, he plans for Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) to make a decision ― the first real decision she’s ever made in her life: to shoot Ford in the head, as he toasts goodbye to the snooty Delos board.
And according to social media, it will go down as one of the best death scenes in the history of television.
— DesireClexa (@Dskersick) December 5, 2016
They should have known that Ford wasn't going out like that! #Westworld
— Cryssy Dee (@AuthorCryssyDee) December 5, 2016
Dr. Ford is the greatest con man who ever lived #Westworld
— Drew (@DrewSkywalker) December 5, 2016
— Sahir. O (@supertronicgirl) December 5, 2016
The billion theories about #Westworld and NOBODY predicted that Dr. Ford ending. Refreshing to see a show be so awesomely unpredictable!
— GeekStrong (@TheGeekStrong) December 5, 2016
— Alyssa Durham (@lyssaloo626) December 5, 2016
I'm glad Ford turned out not to be what we were expecting for so long #westworld
— Loreto Álvarez (@lorelei_jiju) December 5, 2016
Of course, there are plenty of people who are already theorizing that murdered Ford was merely a Host ― because Westworld has taught us that we can’t trust anything we see on Westworld.
#Westworld *Plot Twist* Dr. Ford created a host of himself and a narrative to deliver the final narrative thus saving the real Dr. Ford.
— Breandan Mac Aodha (@HaaMortaL) December 5, 2016
I wonder if Anthony Hopkins's character is a robot as well. I didn't notice blood or brain matter but the scene went by fast! #WestWorld
— Britney (@mobprincess2714) December 5, 2016
Ford was building his lookalike host when Bernard killed Theresa. He sent his host out there to give the retirement speech. #westworld
— Melanie (@HarperMondays) December 5, 2016
Ford was creating a host when Theresa was killed. Never saw that host get used though. Unless we saw it tonight…as Host Ford. #Westworld
— Ren Marie (@_RenMarie_) December 5, 2016
— Rob Sulaver (@BandanaTraining) December 5, 2016
It also looks like Dolores’ trip to the center of the maze has given the Man in Black (Ed Harris) what he was looking for all this time: a narrative where the Hosts don’t play by the rules. But now that the Hosts are at the top of the pyramid, are they going to stop at taking control of their own world?
Ford is starting the Robot Apocalypse himself… #Westworld
— Annie (@BadgrGrl21) December 5, 2016
— Jon Brodo (@jonbrodo17) December 5, 2016
— Jamilya (@callmejam) December 5, 2016
We have reached full Terminator status. Skynet has been unleashed. I love it. #Westworld
— Joanna Torres (@JoannaLTorres) December 5, 2016
Man IN Black got his wish #Westworld
— TubaMikeBob (@tubamikebob) December 5, 2016
The Man in Black's reaction to being shot was truly that of a sociopath. #Westworld
— Jeff Mills (@JeffM27) December 5, 2016
Speaking of the Man in Black, the finale finally confirmed what fans had suspected for many episodes, that he was in fact William (Jimmi Simpson) 30 years older in the present timeline.
— Rachel (@_hellostarling) December 5, 2016
— Eric Mandl ?? (@ericmandl) December 5, 2016
ok everyone watching #Westworld understand who the man in black is now right? we can stop trying to pretend it's something else?
— Mike Rougeau (@RogueCheddar) December 5, 2016
But some fans appreciated the reveal nonetheless.
— Maggie Quinn (@Ms_M_Fiction) December 5, 2016
One of the most heartbreaking, if quick, revelations of “The Bicameral Mind” was that Maeve (Thandie Newton) was actually narrative this whole time, one that allowed her to awaken during analysis, recruit cohorts, and escape. Maeve had been a fan favorite since the beginning, and the idea that she was liberating herself, under the radar of Delos management gave hope to viewers. Not so anymore.
— Miamisita (@Miamisita) December 5, 2016
— Hillary (@njhill22) December 5, 2016
Fuuuuck. All these hosts are just being used, even Maeve. #WestworldFinale
— Jamilya (@callmejam) December 5, 2016
— Clarisse (@byclarisse) December 5, 2016
— Thea Neal (@nealthea) December 5, 2016
But there’s hope yet! Some suspect Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson) had programmed Maeve to escape with Westworld’s backed up data. If Ford had overwritten Maeve with the ability of free will, perhaps her choice to hop off the train and return to the park was not part of Charlotte’s narrative after all.
— memprime (@memprime) December 5, 2016
Wait… Maeve was programmed to leave. Her turning around and coming back was her free will! She made her own decision. #WestworldFinale
— CaitlinCarrigan (@CaitlinCarrigan) December 5, 2016
Of course, it wouldn’t be an episode of Westworld without leaving a TON of open questions. What the heck happened to Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) last week? Is Elsie (Shannon Woodward) dead or isn’t she? Was it Ford who gave Maeve the whole escape narrative – and will she ever actually be free? AND SAMURAI WORLD!?!
Where are Elsie, Stubbs & Logan? Is Maeve in control? Who was the host that Ford built? I have >140 characters of #westworld questions!!!!
— Michael Morris (@MarvelMorris) December 5, 2016
Is Maeve the new narrative?!! #Westworld
— Bruno (@brycecr) December 5, 2016
Is Arnold a ghost in the machine controlling Maeve? Why WHY would Felix help Maeve? Where is Elsie and Stubbs? #Westworld
— Lauren (@VeryLovelyLJ) December 5, 2016
How Maeve could leave Hector's fine ass behind behind is #Westworld's greatest mystery.
— Garen (@tsunanymous) December 5, 2016
Still unanswered questions I have. Where's Elsie and Hemsworth guy? Is there a Samurai World also in the park? Why'd Maeve Stay? #Westworld
— Bennett (@bennjeff) December 5, 2016
— MattSanin (@The_Sanintizer) December 5, 2016
#Westworld theory: Samurai World is not another park, but a Benihana-like restaurant for park guests.
— gettingsome (@gettingsome) December 5, 2016
— Sir_Solomon (@Ben_thesoloman) December 5, 2016
Needless to say, this supersized season finale has given fans a lot to chew on, and they’ll have plenty of time to digest: Season 2 likely won’t premiere until 2018.