This story contains spoilers for Westworld Season 1 and the Westworld Season 2 premiere.
There's nothing more frustrating than reaching the end of a long journey and immediately getting sent back to the beginning. No time to stretch your legs, take a nap, or even use the restroom. Though most games are cyclical and any trip through a maze requires at least a little back-tracking -- it's only human to make a few wrong turns -- the realization that you'll be retracing your steps has to be one of the most demoralizing feelings in the world. It sucks.
Unless you're Westworld's Man in Black. If you're him, it probably sounds like an adventure.
That's what it seemed like during tonight's season premiere of Westworld, which found the Artist Formerly Known as William dusting himself, licking (or at least pouring liquor on) his wounds, and doubling up on his commitment to what other park-goers think of as "just a game." After an entire season's worth of flashbacks to his origins in the park and scenes of Ed Harris puzzling over scalp-doodles, we now know that Westworld is far more than an elaborate "Escape the Room" challenge for the Man in Black: He's one of the most important shareholders in the Delos corporation, but, more importantly to the plot, he's also personally invested in the park. For others, it's a Burning Man-like experience; for him it's a higher calling.