From its widescreen vistas, which are shot on 35mm film stock, to its ultra-slick action sequences, Westworld walks with the big-budget swagger of a summer blockbuster. Nothing it does could be described as small. So it was unsurprising that last night's 90-minute series finale, "The Passenger," swiped a page from the Marvel Cinematic Universe playbook again by adding a post-credits tag scene, one that contained a major revelation about Ed Harris's Man in Black and teased yet another time-jump for Season 3. If you flipped off the TV or closed the tab too early, you missed an important clue.
What exactly happened in the scene? We saw a battered, one-handed William emerge from the elevator into the Forge and come face-to-face with the face of his daughter Emily (Katja Herbers), whom he killed in the previous episode. This version of her, which could be a robot, greets him with a wry sense of inevitability. He looks confused. "This isn't a simulation William," she tells him. "This is your world -- or what's left of it."
Emily then leads William into a room that resembles the facility where James Delos was tested for "fidelity" by William back in Episode 4, "The Riddle of the Sphinx." (Important to note: It's not the same place, which we saw get burned up -- for one thing, it's way dustier!) When they're seated, Emily and William engage in a tense conversation that's clearly meant to mirror the conversations between Delos and William (and the Bernard-Dolores conversations, for that matter) from earlier in the season. "I have a few questions for you. The last step is a baseline interview that allows us to verify," says Emily. William asks for what, as the camera settles in on Harris' eyes. "Fidelity," she replies.