THE MAP OF WESTWORLD
The original Westworld showed a model with the various parts of the Delos park. It has one central spire, three large domes and three smaller domes fanning out between the large domes. The movie states that there’s three parks, but it also suggests that there is construction going on. Westworld would appear to have been in one of the larger domes, but based on the way Richard Benjamin’s character runs from one park to another, the parks would have to be adjacent and not at 120 degree angles to each other otherwise he would have had to go through the central hub, or at least other parks.
Roman World would seem to have been in a smaller dome adjacent to West World. Medieval World was adjacent to Roman World so it would have had to be in a larger park. That leaves three other parks, one large and two small. We saw in Futureworld a rocket ship which would appear to have either been in one of the larger domes or in the central complex, but it appears that Futureworld could have been in the remaining larger dome. There was also a Spa World which would have placed nicely into a smaller dome. That would leave one dome, likely a small one, unaccounted for. The Samurai World we see hinted at in the TV series finale could fit, although it could also have been planned as a Jurassic Park predecessor. Another possibility is that the smaller domes were in fact just docking stations for the shuttles. But that would mean that it would have been easier to run towards a shuttle than another dome.
In the TV series, Delos appears to be a mesa somewhere in, possibly the middle of, the park. The mesa houses not only the robots but staff residence, customer service areas and shopping as well. The Delos model in the movie only shows the overall layout of the parks but it doesn’t show how many layers there are. There is no need for staff members to ever leave Delos, which would make sense given the remote location of the park. One can find a map of the mesa online.
It’s been speculated that this may not be the last of Ford in the TV series because he made a host duplicate of himself. But considering this show makes heavy use of flashbacks, it’s possible that we’ll see him return in a flashback as well. We may well get a storyline in the past were Ford is very much alive. This also makes it possible for any dead characters to return in flashbacks, but aside from the major characters we’re not likely to see that. It makes the timeline too obvious and it can be hard to keep track of which minor characters are alive or dead.
Someone speculated that Charlotte Hale could be Arnold Weber’s daughter, a mirror of Bernard’s son. But in this case Arnold’s daughter lived and grew up. And she would have had to change her last name somehow, either through an adoption, marriage or taking on her mother’s maiden name. We don’t know if Arnold’s wife is still alive. If she died around the same time as Arnold did, then if he had a living child and the mother was dead, they child could have been adopted. If this is true, then it’s also possible that Maeve’s daughter is based upon Arnold’s child. If Arnold used his child for a model, then it’s possible that Maeve herself could be based upon Arnold’s wife.
THE PARK’S PAST PARKS
There’s a scene in one of the episodes where Theresa talks about remembering a villa from her younger days and discovers that it’s in Westworld. This villa could have been part of Roman World or another pre-West World park. But it suggests that there may have been a different park within the area now part of West World. This would suggest that the current West World covers multiple parks and that the androids and props for those parks were repurposed, reprogrammed or put into storage.
This then leads into the theory that the technician Felix Lutz was in fact a host who had been reprogrammed. We also saw in the finale a section in Delos for the Asian Samurai World. This could mean that Felix is a former Samurai World host who was reprogrammed, likely by Arnold. It’s also possible that Arnold and Ford were involved in creating Samurai World.
The use of hosts to do some of the menial tasks makes sense. It works out to be cheaper considering staff is not only paid but supplied with room, board and medical. Those costs are eliminated if artificial staff are used, although there may still be maintenance costs as well as the costs of the initial construction. But if staff were reused from the park, the only real cost would be for their maintenance. In all, it’s very cheap. In the original movie and apparently in the TV series, much of the customer support staff are hosts. We see that clearly in the train station in the TV show and in the reception area in the movie. So there’s precedence for Felix being a host.
TIME & PLACE
There is a time stamp on a website video that indicated Maeve’s escape was set at a time in the future, 2052. Although that mark has subsequently been removed. When the timeline is worked out it would indicate that Westworld started around 2015. It’s likely the producers want to change the date. The Westworld TV show was suppose to start in 2015 but was pushed back. The movie was set in 1983, which at the time was sometime in the near future or ten years later. If the current series follows the same pattern it would place the events of Young William around 2026. That would place Old William in 2056. But we aren’t given exact time differences, only approximate ones. Arnold died around 35 years ago and the park opened at least 30 years ago. Young William is in his first year at the park while Old William says it’s been going for about 30 years. If Old William is in 2052 that would place Young William in 2022, possible the first year of the park’s opening, and Arnold would have died around 2017. It’s possible the 2052 was meant to be for Young William’s timeline, placing the first beginnings of the park around 2040.
There’s also speculation that Westworld isn’t set on Earth but in space, like the Moon or maybe Mars. But there’s been no indication that it’s not on Earth yet. Access to the park is by train. In the movie it first appeared as if they were travelling by train but it was later revealed they were on a shuttle jet. But it’s possible the train takes them to another form of transportation, such as an aircraft or a shuttlecraft.
We did get one shot of the outside world. This is the photo that William had. The picture was set in front of what appeared to be a train, very similar to the train as we see Maeve getting on and off of. And the trains seemed to be in a city but the details were unclear. If that is so then it would place Westworld on Earth. The board members also came from the outside world, suggesting that there is some sort of prosperous society existing outside of Westworld. It’s not a post-apocalyptic world. Of course if that was the case Westworld would be closed immediately since there wouldn’t be any financial backing to keep it going.
LIVES OUTSIDE WESTWORLD
It’s hard to say what sort of life William and the others have outside of Westworld. It is suggested that Arnold had a wife and child but they’re never seen. It’s also suggested by Bernard’s story that Arnold’s child could have died, although if his wife had also died that would suggest a reason for him killing himself. It would also suggest a reason for him wanting to create new life through the androids.
We’re given no indication of any life outside the park for Ford. This would help explain why he never wanted to leave the park since there was nothing for him outside. It wouldn’t be surprising however if a child of his showed up, but it wouldn’t seem to fit. We did see a recreation of Ford’s childhood family but there’s no indication as to whether any of the real people survived. Obviously given Ford’s age his parents would be dead. That would leave a brother which given Ford’s age could also be dead. Of course if Ford’s brother married and had children then Ford could have nieces and nephews but wouldn’t be close with them.
Young William was engaged to Logan’s sister. However, after how he treated Logan it’s unlikely he married her. We don’t know if William did marry or not. It would seem for at least a few years he became obsessed with the park. But we also need to look at the ownership of the park. Old William was the majority shareholder in Delos, and it was Logan’s family who owned the park in Young William’s time. That would suggest he could be related to Ford in some way.
ARE FORD AND WILLIAM BROTHERS?
Another point of interest is that we never get William’s last name. It’s been taken that the young boy shown as part of Ford’s family was Ford himself, although it’s also possible that Ford was the older brother and the young boy is in fact William. This would mean that Ford and William are brothers. This would also give a good reason why Ford never tried to kill William even though Ford could have easily killed him any time. With William was the majority shareholder, replacing him with a clone would have given Ford control over Delos. It also means we’ve seen William at three different points in his life.
THE STATE OF DELOS
Ford is obviously at war with Delos. The park is all he has left and they want to get rid of him. He’s gone so far as to kill someone through Bernard. It’s been thought that the host Ford was creating in that basement may have been a replacement Ford, but it’s also possible it was a replacement for Theresa. He mentioned in a past episode of “they always send someone new” or something like that. It could mean that as board members were sent to the park to oppose him, he gradually replaced them with android clones. It’s unlikely that all board members were clones but many of them could have been. By controlling many of the board members Ford would have more control over the park.
Another aspect that tends to get overlooked is how many of those related to Delos wind up being park patrons. Young William and Logan visited the park early on, possibly before it was open to the public. And Logan’s father was at that time the majority shareholder. If William was Ford’s brother that would also tie William to the park. It sets up an interesting scenario where William marries into the family that owns the park his brother worked at.
We know that Delos wants to sell Westworld. If Samurai World is a new theme for the park, then it would suggest there’s a Japanese company who wants to take it over. Westworld at this point would be about 30 or 40 years old. It’s no longer new and exciting so it may not be drawing in the customers it once did, especially the big money customers the park needs. The board wants to sell Westworld off but can’t because of Ford. Yet if William is the majority shareholder then Ford wouldn’t have control. However, if William and Ford are brothers and share the majority shares that would mean that William alone isn’t the majority shareholder. It could be that William manages Ford’s shares for him and represents him in board votes. But something like selling would be something he needs Ford’s approval.
We know that Bernard’s name is an anagram of Arnold Weber’s. Trying other names gives,
Dolores Abernathy = “A Thorny Rose Blade”
Maeve Millay = “Me A Lively Ma” (A Daughter reference?)
Robert Ford = “Bred For Rot” (A reference to a clone?)
Clementine Pennyfeather = “A Penile Entrenchment Fey” (She was a prostitute.)
Charlotte Hale = “Reattach Hello” or “A Chatter Hello” (There’s a message on the website where she says hello.)
Peter Abernathy = “A Parent Thereby” or “Betray Then Rape” (We saw him as a parent, but there was a dark backstory suggested for him.)