This story contains spoilers for Westworld Season 1 and the Westworld Season 2 premiere.
"Is this now?" Bernard asks in the beginning of the new season of Westworld. Good question -- this is a show that likes to play convoluted chronology games, confusing viewers who don't look for all the breadcrumbs, or obsess about decoding every possible spatiotemporal clue. Had the Westworld park logo on walls and lab coats been altered, indicating at least two different timelines? Did William's change of clothes give him the same gray button-up shirt as the Man in Black, revealing they could be the same person? Was "Bernard Lowe" being an anagram for "Arnold Weber" just a coincidence, or the biggest tipoff that they were also one and the same?! That was all well and good for Season 1, but Season 2 is about to get trickier, and one way to help navigate it is to look very closely. Or more precisely, look at who isn't looking very closely.
As Bernard wakes up in the beginning of the first episode, washed up on a beach, his glasses are discarded, off in the surf. He does not seem to miss them. He does not frantically fumble around in the sand or water searching for them, or complain that things look fuzzy without them. That's primarily because he never needed them -- as a host, he has 20/20 vision, and the glasses were a prop to help him resemble the original Arnold. (Dr. Ford had even instructed him to take a moment to clean the glasses to resemble a moment of reflection, as a "final touch.") But Bernard, feeling disoriented, is forgetting his prop, and even seeing the security team's sunglasses doesn't serve as a reminder that he's missing something. Nor does the security team seem to suspect anything is amiss, despite the image of him on their identification cards revealing that he requires vision correction.