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Westworld recap: Season 1, Episode 9

Huge revelations and happenings as Bernard and Dolores lose their minds

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Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk

Poor Bernard! First his mind was blown a few episodes back when he learned he was a host. Tonight his mind was blown all over again by re-discovering he’s a host. Then his mind really got blown when he figured out that he’s the host embodiment of Arnold, the park’s co-founder. Then Bernard literally blew out his mind via a gun to the temple. It was glitch, glitch, glitch, boom

I don’t think Bernard Lowe is really gone, and for a couple reasons. Plus, that Bernard revelation was only one of the revelations that confirmed our prior theories in tonight’s penultimate episode of Westworld, titled “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” because there were three huge clues that pretty much gave nearly all the confirmation you could want about the William-Man in Black theory. 

First thing’s first: We opened with Maeve, who was brought into backstage jail for killing New Clementine. Bernard wants to know why she did it. Maeve should just explain that viewers hate it when TV characters are replaced by a different actor and she was doing us a favor. But once Bernard gets a gander at Maeve’s off the charts Attribute Matrix stats, any attempt to fool him is over. She grabs him and is apparently able to control him with voice commands. 

Jeffrey Wright does a great mannequin challenge while she lectures to him, noting “it’s a difficult thing realizing your entire life is some hideous fiction.” She orders him to send her back to the park and advises him to seek out the truth about his existence, which he promptly does.

Bernard hunts down his boss and gathers Lobotomized Clementine to stage a complex intervention on himself. Bernard has hacked Clementine to use as a weapon to threaten Ford. He then accuses Ford of killing Arnold (something we’ve been assuming for awhile) and wants him to unlock all the levels of his mind so he can escape Ford’s fictional matrix and know what’s really going on. “You may not like what you find,” Ford warns, but quite honestly what Bernard finds is all pretty good — he didn’t really have a poor son who died (so he can let that go) and he was once a brilliant human (so he’s not as artificial as the rest of the hosts). 

At one point during his memory lane trip, he sees Theresa Cullen freeze while she’s in bed and for a moment I wonder if this is meant to suggest that she was a host as well, but I think it’s just a visual device while he’s navigating his memories. I think. 

Bernard wants to go all the way back to his first memory. This means nude Bernard butt, among other things. We realize that the photo of Arnold we never saw clearly on Ford’s desk is of, yes, Bernard (or rather, it’s of Arnold, before he was killed and revived as a host years later). Ford basically invented a host version of Arnold just like he made host versions of his family. As I pointed out a few episodes back when Bernard killed Theresa, we never saw the name on the corner of the sketch of his model like we did with Dolores — that’s because the name in the bottom right-hand corner that was cut off was “Arnold.” Also, Bernard Lowe rearranged is “Arnold Weber” (your anagrams are showing, Dr. Lecter!).

NEXT: A lot of things are still happening