WARNING: Mild spoilery territory ahead!!
The season-ending, 90-minute finale for HBO's mindbending cowboy sci-fi series, Westworld, is nearly upon us, and to tease our brains into more rampant speculation, here's a set of newly released images to further whet our appetites.
Now that the Man in Black's (Ed Harris) identity has been confirmed and Dr. Ford's (Anthony Hopkins) malevolence and heartlessness have been fully exposed in his treatment of Bernard, expect some shocking reveals on Sunday as several cryptic plots and timelimes converge. Executive producer Jonathan Nolan will direct this last shotgun blast of sheer sci-fi pleasure and has promised, with wife and co-writer Lisa Joy, that many of the show's labyrinthine story threads and character motivations will be unveiled during the hour-and-a-half hoedown, titled "The Bicameral Mind." Mount up and let's dig in!
In this provocative posse of new photos we see renegade host Hector (Rodrigo Santoro) sans his killer black leather desperado outfit and clad in a sterile Westworld jumpsuit being escorted into the bowels of the Delos technicians' headquarters behind the scenes, flanked by Maeve (Thandie Newton), Armistice (Ingrid Berdal) and android repairman, Felix (Leonardo Nam). We already know Maeve and Hector went up in a carnal blaze of glory in the last episode to return to the secure backstage arena and more adequately stage their next rebellious move, so this undoubtedly part of their elaborate escape plan.
Another intriguing shot is the Man in Black strolling though the graveyard with Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) past a wooden grave marker clearly etched with her name. Dolores is entering a delirious stage of her awakening, with Arnold's voice constantly ringing in her cyborg mind and multiple life incarnations flashing through her memory like a time-displaced, runaway locomotive. With the thirty year history between the Man in Black and Dolores already confirmed, it's possible that they could embark on the quest to find the Maze together, completing their fateful path, but this last evidence of her mortality could stir up more homicidal code within her.
What deeper truths do you hope are revealed when the season finale of HBO's Westworld trots out on Sunday, Dec. 4th at 9 p.m. ET.