Westworld’s Major New Twist Confirms Big Fan Theory

Clever viewers might've seen this coming...

Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld
Quick-draw Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld. Image HBO

SPOILERS: If you haven’t seen the new episode of Westworld yet, best go and read something else.

Fan theories. You just can’t get away from them. HBO’s new blockbuster show Westworld is the latest TV series to get viewers speculating furiously.

Episode seven, Trompe L’Oeil, confirmed a major one by revealing Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard as a host created by Anthony Hopkins’s park creator Ford.

Bad news for Theresa Cullen (Sidse Babett Knudsen), who’d been sleeping with Bernard under the assumption he was a real deal human.

She uncovered prototype drawings showing her lover was a host, then things turned dark when Ford ordered Bernard to kill Theresa. He did just than in one of the most shocking Westworld moments so far.

Westworld Jeffrey Wright Anthony Hopkins Sidse Babett Knudsen
Shock twist Image HBO

Earlier in the episode Bernard dropped a major hint, saying of his time at the Western-themed park: “The longer I work here, the more I think I understand the hosts. It’s the human beings that confuse me.”

Show co-creator Lisa Joy told The Hollywood Reporter that this twist was “terrible and devastating on a couple of fronts”.

“One, of course, because of Theresa’s death. The other is because of what it means for Bernard, who did not want to do that,” she said.

“There is blood on his hands that he would never want there now, and he realises that he’s a pawn in a game he can’t control. There are two great victims in that scene, and for me, that really enhances the tragedy of it.”

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