All the fuses are lit and the dynamite is set to explode in the season finale of “Westworld.”
Titled “The Bicameral Mind,” after the neurological theory deceased park co-founder Arnold used to create artificial intelligence, the Jonathan Nolan-directed finale is supersized to 90-minutes to accomodate all the loose ends that still need tying, such as Dr. Ford’s (Anthony Hopkins) new narrative, the nascent robot rebellion, and the dual timeline speculation. Nolan and his co-showrunner and wife Lisa Joy told EW that the episode closes the loop, fittingly, on the big questions behind the first season of the sci-fi drama, save one.
Nolan: “We weren’t interested in spinning out mysteries with no answers in sight. Our goal is to tell an ambitious story in season-long chapters, each with a distinct feel and theme.”
Joy: “Most of the questions viewers have will be resolved in the final episodes, except for the most important one: What happens next.”
Last night’s episode “The Well-Tempered Clavier” already got the ball rolling, revealing that Bernard (Jeffrey Wright), still grappling with the knowledge he’s a host, is specifically a host version of Arnold himself while Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), at the end of the Maze, realizes she is the one who killed him almost 35 years previous. There’s also the mountain of evidence that white-hatted William (Jimmi Simpson) is the younger version of the decidedly black-hatted Man in Black (Ed Harris), confirming possibly the biggest theory of all – that we’ve been watching two timelines play out.
“The Bicameral Mind” airs Sunday, Dec. 4 at 9 p.m. on HBO. Check out all our previous episode reviews below. Check out the trailer here! Westworld was renewed for season 2, which will premiere in late 2017 or early 2018.
- “The Original”
- “The Stray”
- “Dissonance Theory”
- “The Adversary”
- “Trompe L’Oeil”
- “Trace Decay”
- “The Well-Tempered Clavier”