Now that Westworld Season 2 has come and gone, we can look forward to a very long wait until Westworld Season 3 releases sometime in… 2020? Thankfully, the show pretty much answered every major question we had, so we won’t spend the next two years agonizing over what happens next, right?
Just kidding! Westworld Season 2 ended on multiple huge cliffhangers, though it did manage to answer a few big questions at the same time. Here are five mysteries we’ll be obsessing over until the the Westworld Season 3 release date mercifully arrives.
Warning: Spoilers for Westworld Season 2 ahead.
What’s the deal with William?
I already wrote about this one pretty extensively, so head here for a detailed recap of that bonkers post-credits scene. However, it’s worth bringing this back up because the show never really explained how The Man in Black is positioned heading into Season 3.
One thing seems clear. The human version of William is dead, but that’s about all we know for certain though.
It’s unclear when exactly he died. At the end of season 1? During the Season 2 finale? Before the show even started?
We also don’t know when or where that post-credits scene is taking place. It could be years after the events of the Season 2 finale. It could also be happening inside a simulation, in which case The Man in Black isn’t even a Host, he’s just some lines of code on a computer somewhere.
Which Host brains did Dolores save?
When Dolores (disguised as Charlotte Hale) escapes from Westworld at the end of Season 2 she brings at least five of those brain balls with her. We know one of them is Bernard’s because she brings him back to life later in the same episode, but what about the rest of them?
Assuming that they all belonged to Hosts, the obvious options include Teddy, Maeve, Clementine, Angela, Hector, Armistice, or Ake (basically any of the main characters). Then again, it’s possible she just grabbed the first five she could get her hands on (aside from Bernard), assuming that any Host would work.
It’s also possible that some of those brain balls contained the code for humans, which might help answer my next big question…
What’s the deal with Charlotte?
Dolores escapes in a Host-version of Charlotte Hale after killing the real thing, but at the end of Season 2 we see a regular Dolores Host (played by Evan Rachel Wood) onscreen with Charlotte standing the background. Presumably, that means Dolores made a new Host body for herself and put her brain into that, but where does that leave Host Charlotte?
It’s possible there could now be two versions of Dolores, one in each body. Or maybe she put someone else’s brain in Charlotte instead. Then again, maybe Dolores found a digitized version of Charlotte’s actual brain and used that. We’ll have to wait until Westworld Season 3 to find out.
Is Stubbs a Host too?
Just before Dolores escapes the island, she has a very interesting conversation with Stubbs, the Westworld security chief played by Luke Hemsworth. He basically makes it clear that he knows she’s a Host and won’t go after her once she escapes to the actual world. He also strongly hints that he could be a Host too, dropping a few terms that humans typically use to control the robots on the show.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, episode director Fred Toye essentially confirms that Stubbs is a Host. He also reveals that the line in question was added just before filming and came as a big surprise.
But when you look back at Stubb’s behavior in Season 2 it starts to make sense. He’s always been protective of Hosts, especially Bernard. His bizarre interaction with Ghost Nation also seems a little less weird in this context.
However, we won’t know for sure if Stubbs is a Host (or what that means for the show) until Westworld Season 3 arrives.
What happened to Teddy?
Finally, let’s pour one out for poor old Teddy. He’s had a pretty rough season, but at least things ended on a positive note. Or did they?
At the end of the Season 2 finale, Dolores manages to upload Teddy’s Host consciousness to The Valley Beyond, where a bunch of other Hosts managed to escape during that big climactic battle. However, when we see Teddy in that golden field he’s all alone. So what does it mean?
It’s possible this could be more of a metaphor for how Teddy feels. Sure, he made it through The Door, but without Dolores he might as well be alone, even if he’s actually joined by a few dozen other Hosts.
A darker reading, however, suggests that Teddy actually is all alone. After all, he didn’t run through that tear in reality like all the other Hosts, so how can we be sure he ended up in the same place?
Unfortunately, just like with all the other questions on this list, we’ll have to wait until Season 3 to find out.