8 Things We Learned from ‘Westworld’ Episode 9: "The Well-Tempered Clavier"

According to Apple Dictionary, a clavier is “a keyboard instrument, generally one with strings, such as a harpsichord.” In Episode 9 of Westworld, patrician “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” a star surrounding Westworld is distant from tuned. In fact, all seems to be going to hell; Bernard is rebelling, Maeve is recruiting some-more rebels, Dolores is losing her sanity, William is in adore with a appurtenance and even some-more hosts are finding their loyal nature. But maybe this is what Ford wants? Westworld is his clavier, after all—and we know there’s a process to his madness. Episode 9 valid a vital fan theory, though it also combined some-more questions than answers. With one part left, Westworld has a lot of lax ends to tie adult subsequent week. Will we accept all a closure we’re anticipating for? Probably not—Season 2 has been confirmed, after all. Here, what we learned—and are still questioning—from this week’s episode.

1) Ford combined Bernard in Arnold’s likeness.

Oof. Another harmful fan speculation confirmed. Bernard uses a decommissioned Clementine to reason Ford during gunpoint and convinces him to lapse all his memories, from his unequivocally initial (witnessing his son die—an synthetic stage combined by Ford) to murdering Elsie and Theresa. Bernard knows a hosts’ many worldly formula was combined by Arnold, that means he contingency have met Arnold during some indicate in his “life.” But no, Ford combined Bernard in Arnold’s correspondence as “the ideal partner, a approach any apparatus partners with a palm that wields it.” Ford records there was a “long absence” between Arnold’s genocide and Bernard’s creation.

2) Bernard’s passed son backstory was combined as an “homage” to Arnold.

Bernard struggles to know his passed son storyline. Why is he so fixated on it? Says Ford: “We gave all of a hosts a backstory. Arnold came to trust a comfortless ones worked best, that it done a hosts some-more convincing. we consider it might have had some-more to do with his possess unhappy story.” Whether Arthur indeed had a passed son stays a mystery.

3) Dolores thinks she killed Arnold.

All those private chats between Bernard and Dolores we saw progressing in a season? They were substantially Arnold articulate to Dolores. In this episode, we see Dolores articulate to a newly-created Bernard, who tells her that she is obliged for Arnold’s death. But did Dolores unequivocally kill Arnold, or does Ford usually wish her to consider that?

Side note: In this scene, Dolores reveals that Arnold told her to follow a maze. What does he wish her to find? And is a obstruction usually for hosts (see #5)? How did The Man in Black find out about it in a initial place?

3) William is committed to Dolores.

When Logan realizes William is in adore with Dolores, he creates a heartless try to pierce William behind to existence by stabbing Dolores in a stomach and exposing her insides, that are done of operative machinery. Here is explanation that William’s timeline takes place in a past, when a hosts were done of machinery, and even some-more justification for a speculation that William is The Man in Black (remember his “You used to be beautiful” criticism about a aged host’s bulb in Episode 5?). Dolores slashes Logan’s face, grabs his gun and starts sharpened a hosts in Logan’s celebration before regulating away. William, who is tied down, promises to find her.

William pretends to trust Logan prolonged adequate to get untied. Next time we see Logan, he’s waking adult and coughing—it looks like someone (i.e. William) knocked him out. His whole organisation has been butchered—there are bloodied limbs everywhere. “You pronounced this place was a game,” William tells Logan. “Last night we finally accepted how to play it.” He army Logan to assistance him find Dolores.

4) Maeve recruits Hector Escaton.

After being prisoner in final week’s episode, Maeve is returned to a lab, where Bernard discovers vital changes were done to her code. He attempts to decommission her, though Maeve tells him he’s a host—and army him to send her behind to a park. “It’s a formidable thing, realizing your whole life is some appalling fiction,” she says to a frightened Bernard, who is re-learning a law about his horde standing all over again. She warns him: “If we go looking for a truth, get a whole thing. It’s like a good fuck: half is worse than zero during all.”

Maeve earnings to a park and seeks out Hector Escaton. She shows him a inside of a protected he stole over and over again—it contains nothing. “It was always empty, like all else in this world,” she tells him. “I died with my eyes open, saw a masters who lift a strings. Our lives, a memories, a deaths are games to them.” She convinces Hector to go to ruin (i.e. behind to a lab) with her, presumably to lift out her grand devise of escape. Maeve and Hector have sex in his tent, and he asks how they’ll get to hell. She knocks over a oil flare and sets a tent aflame, responding, “Getting to ruin is easy. The rest is where it gets hard.”

A few questions: because did Maeve select Hector? We know he’s helped her in a past (with stealing a bullet from her abdomen) though given their story of regretful trysts, maybe she loves him? Or maybe he has a specific ability that will assist in their escape? Hm.

5) Other hosts in a park are training about their loyal nature.

The blonde horde (real name: Angela) remembers everything, too. She tells Teddy he’ll find Wyatt where he left him: Escalante. Teddy remembers Wyatt murdering everybody in a town, though his memory is wrong. Teddy killed everyone. And he’s horrified. “No, we couldn’t have,” he tells Angela. “You did,” she says. “And we will again. And this time we’ll be fighting with you. When Wyatt returns, you’ll be by his side and a city swallowed by sand.” TMIB recognizes this place. Angela continues: “You’re not ready,” she tells Teddy. “Maybe in a subsequent life.” She stabs Teddy in a heart, afterwards turns to TMIB, who tells her, “City swallowed by sand. I’ve been there. The obstruction is holding me full circle.” She tells him, “The obstruction isn’t meant for you” and smashes his conduct opposite a rock, knocking him out.

Angela proves there are other hosts—besides Dolores and Maeve—learning what they unequivocally are. Did Arnold emanate Wyatt and a obstruction to set a hosts free? Is Arnold directing his hosts from a grave?

6) Charlotte creates a pierce to get absolved of Ford.

After TMIB wakes adult and escapes Angela’s trap, he’s approached in a park by Charlotte Hale, who wants his accede to replace Ford (TMIB sits on Westworld’s house and Charlotte wants to a opinion to be “unanimous”). “Most of a guest usually wish a comfortable physique to fire or to fuck,” Charlotte tells TMIB, condemning Ford’s “convoluted” backstories. She reminds TMIB that he “kept Ford in business all those years ago.” (More explanation that William is TMIB!) “The narratives I’m meddlesome in aren’t Ford’s,” TMIB tells Charlotte. “You wish to pull him out, be my guest. But no some-more interruptions.”

7) Elsie creates hit from a dead.

Well, not quite. But someone is regulating her vigilance within a park. Ashley goes out to examine it, and is met with 3 antagonistic Native American hosts. They don’t respond to his commands and conflict him. Is he another Westworld casualty?

8) Ford army Bernard to fire himself.

In a episode’s final scene, Bernard orders Clementine to fire Ford, though he has a “backdoor” control for each host, and she puts down a gun. “I was anticipating that given finish self-knowledge and giveaway will, we would’ve selected to be my partner once again,” he tells Bernard. “But even we fell into that many terrible of tellurian traps—trying to change what is already past. Now it’s usually time to let go.” Ford orders Bernard to take Clementine’s gun and fire himself in a head. “I’ve told we Bernard, never place your trust in us. We’re usually human. Inevitably, we will defect you.” Will Ford decommission Bernard for good—or totally reconstruct him? He needs his murdering machine, after all.

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