After last week’s particularly revelatory episode of HBO’s mind-bending android drama Westworld, plenty was speculated about the upcoming and inevitable confrontation between the show’s multiple warring factions in the Valley Beyond. But a few fan theories based around a single moment in the episode’s interrogation sequence believe that this showdown may be stacked against one or more of these players -- all because of a simple lie.
**Spoiler Warning: There are spoilers for Westworld Season 2 below**
The two characters in the interrogation, Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) and Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson), are behind glass when the question of Peter Abernathy’s (Louis Herthum) control unit (the season’s ultimate prize) is brought up for the first time. We can’t hear a thing, just see lips move in response. Then Hale calls in her fellow Delos employees and asks for Bernard to repeat himself. That’s when we get “Sector 16, Zone 4” as our answer. But what about that first answer?
A thread of Redditors and a slew of YouTubers aren’t buying it. They’re saying that something is compelling the programatically honest android Bernard to lie -- and one of the most convincing arguments is that it’s Hale herself. There’s the idea that she is actually working for some mysterious third party and is leading her ostensible co-workers into a deathtrap, where she knows a big army of hosts will be waiting.
A second theory posits that Ford (Anthony Hopkins) has inserted himself inside Bernard’s programming at this point and is pulling all the strings. The former Delos bigwig could be setting up his former bosses from beyond the grave -- it’s not like they had a great working relationship to begin with. There’s also the potential that this was an intentional misdirection, with Westworld’s team knowing that putting any doubt in the minds of its fanbase would lead to wild speculation.
But with theories as intriguing as these, it’s hard to ignore such a purposeful moment of secrecy, don't you think?
Westworld Season 2 resumes this Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on HBO.