Westworld Episode 9 Theories: “The Well Tempered Clavier”

Westworld Episode 9 Theories: "The Well Tempered Clavier"
Westworld Episode 9 Theories: "The Well Tempered Clavier"

Westworld Episode 9 Theories: “The Well Tempered Clavier”

As “Westworld” approaches its finale, fans have zeroed in on all the major mysteries: What is Ford’s new narrative? How will Maeve proceed? How did Arnold die? Are the hosts actually people? And, of course, is the Man in Black really William? Or Logan?

In the strongest batch of listener mail yet, we dig deep into the bowels of Westworld to answer those questions and unearth some secrets that literally sent chills down our spines.

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Westworld Episode 9 Summary:
“The Well Tempered Clavier” Maeve reveals to Bernard that he is a host and convinces him to let her back into the park, where she meets Escaton and convinces him to help her escape the park. Bernard confronts Ford and forces him to restore all of his memories, and discovers he is a model of Arnold. Bernard attempts to kill Ford; but the latter uses a backdoor in the former’s code to force him to commit suicide. Meanwhile, Logan cuts open Dolores’s belly to show William she is not real. She manages to escape and run away, finding that the wound is suddenly gone. She reaches the church, where she learns that she killed Arnold. She then encounters the Man in Black. Logan then awakes to find that William has slaughtered all of the Confederados. William threatens Logan into helping him find Dolores. Teddy has a flashback of himself killing host Angela before she kills him. Hale meets the Man in Black, who is revealed to be a Board member, and unsuccessfully tries to gain his assistance in removing Ford. Stubbs investigates suspicious activity in the park and is ambushed by Ghost Nation hosts, who are not under control.

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  1. Scott says:

    I think one thing being left out of the discussion for the most part, especially given how focused on character and attention to detail the rest of the show seems to be, are the motivations of Felix and Sylvester (mostly Felix though) for helping Maeve. It seems like one of the few flaws in the shows character development. I think Felix is definitely working under Ford’s guidance directly (or is a host). I think the dynamic between Felix and Sylvester is akin to William and Logan, where William seems the meek one and Logan the one in control, however its really William who is driven by conviction.

    In this comparison Felix seems the meek one to Sylvester’s forceful talk. However, Felix is certainly the one whose actions show true conviction compared to Sylvester’s complaining. The same as William’s eventual actions in standing up to Logan stand up as superior to Logan’s empty talk and show of strength. I think these two character’s reflect Ford’s own show of power, where he never shows overt bravado or indication of attack, yet his actions are always aware of the danger of the situation. Its a bit of Sun Tzu the art of war, where the battle is won before the first physical move is made.

    I think the clue that something more is going on with Felix and his integration into the larger plot (mostly Maeve’s rise to a sort of power) is in the show’s apparent lack of exploration on his motivations. Especially with so many moving pieces and character arcs and attention to detail, I think one consistent complaint is the utter lack of care put behind Felix and Sylvester’s motivations.

    In respects to this I believe Felix has some pact or deal (or host programming) that is driving his actions that we have yet to see. I think Sylvester goes with it as he is not a character of power or conviction of action. In a show where so many clues have been given here and there to so many twists and plot analysis that has been uncovered, I think Felix is an obvious point where the writers hold back on divulging any details to still deliver some twists that cannot be discovered prematurely in that they hold back on showing any clues as to motivations.

    Though not a major player in the overall arc of the Westworld story, I feel Felix has a played a major role in holding back a few of the final secrets of the machinations of the overall story (and in my opinion Ford’s plans) so far.

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