VIDEO: An Explanation of Westworld's "Multiple Timelines" Fan Theory

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 - 1:24PM
Westworld
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 - 1:24PM
VIDEO: An Explanation of Westworld's "Multiple Timelines" Fan Theory
There's something fishy going on in HBO's Westworld. Obviously, with any show in which robots look like humans, there will likely be a few "X is really an android!" reveals, but there seems to be a few mysteries that go beyond that part of the mythology. Here's an explanation of one of the most convoluted (yet somewhat likely) fan theories: the show takes place in multiple timelines.


According to this theory, all of the scenes with William and Logan take place in a timeline several decades before the present, right around the time that some "catastrophic event" happened in the park. There are several variations of this theory, including that Dolores is reliving several different past timelines in order to find the center of the maze, but either way, there's plenty of evidence to support that there's some kind of wonky timeline stuff going on. 

And if this turns out to be true, then it would lend credence to several other fan theories. First, the scientists in the lab (other than Ford, who was seen as a younger man in flashbacks), would likely be androids as well, unless all of their scenes took place in the present timeline. That would also make it all the more likely that there will be extensive tie-ins to the film, which came out 30 years ago, and most closely follows William and Logan's storyline. And finally, it would make it very, very likely that William is actually a young version of The Man in Black, which would be an extremely interesting bit of character development.

We'll have to wait and see as the show drops more clues, but it seems clear at this point that there's something the audience is missing. What do you think?

Westworld airs on HBO on Sundays at 9pm.
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