Westworld season 1 episode 7: Showrunners on last night’s huge, 'devastating' twist

A popular fan theory was confirmed in brutal fashion

Westworld saw the first instance of a host killing a human last night, and it was much more plot-sensitive than just a malfunctioning robot in the park.

*MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*

Confirming the popular fan theory, the episode revealed at its denouement that Bernard Lowe is, in fact, a robot.

‘Trompe L’Oeil’ saw Bernard and Theresa Cullen search Robert Ford’s secret cottage where he builds his own off-the-grid hosts, and here they discover Bernard's true origin and learn that all of his thoughts, feelings and memories are commands - even his grief over the death of his young son.

Furthering the shock twist, Bernard, at the command of Ford, murders Theresa to prevent her sharing the damaging discovery.

Bernard being a host was apparently “always the intention with [the] character”. It begs the question: Why does Ford spend so much time talking to Bernard as if he were another human?

“I think we’ve established that the key to the hosts, part of the key of them remaining in character is that they’re not confronted with the existential crisis of the fact that they are not who they think they are,” co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan told Variety.

“I think that Ford, Tony Hopkins’ character in the show, is a cypher. We’ve written him, Tony’s played him beautifully in that direction throughout. We don’t know what’s motivating him. We don’t know what his ultimate goal is. We do know that as he’s spent more and more time in the park and become more and more withdrawn, he’s become more and more self-selecting with his company.

“And he’s also apparently built himself a right-hand man. None of that works if he doesn’t treat Bernard with a measure of humanity.”

Nolan’s fellow show runner described the reveal is “devastating” and “terrible” for Bernard, and it gave actor Jeffrey Wright pause when he discovered the true nature of his character.

“He did have his own theories,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I remember he was sitting on the couch, and he kind of took a moment: ‘Oh… oh!’ And he kind of sat back: ‘Oh, I'm going to need think about that and process it all.’”

The reveal will drive fans to rewatch earlier episodes.

"When you go back and look at the pilot, it's told almost exclusively from the perspective of the hosts," Nolan noted. "You imagine with Bernard that you're getting the [human perspective], but that pilot is really about hosts. Almost all of the major characters, most of the moments are glimpsed from their perspective."

Though Ford managed to cover up his secret by having Bernard kill in the episode, he faces a problem in the park itself, where prostitute Clementine killed another host as part of a conspiracy hatched by Delos’ corporate overlords.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in