This post contains spoilers for the seventh episode of Westworld, "Trompe L'Oeil." Head to our Westworld show hub for more reviews, theories, and deep dives.
Never trust a giant corporation in real life, but it's an especially bad idea in a science-fiction universe. Over the first seven episodes of Westworld, the Delos Corporation -- the company that funds the violent robot amusement park -- has proven itself to be a shady enterprise in the tradition of conglomerates like the Dharma Initiative in Lost, Evil Corp in Mr. Robot, or Weyland-Yutani in the Alien franchise. If you work for Delos, you probably need to keep an eye on more than just your 401(k). Seriously, protect your neck -- or head.
Though episode seven ended with the brutal death of Delos operations leader Theresa Cullen at the hands of now-officially-a-robot Bernard, there are still lingering questions. Anthony Hopkins' Ford has revealed himself as a Hannibal Lecter-like Big Bad, but, if Theresa's tense conversation with Charlotte Hale (Creed's Tessa Thompson) was any indication, the not-so-good folks at Delos are up to no good, too. "This place, the people who work here, are nothing," said Charlotte. "Our interest in this place is entirely in the intellectual property. The code."
Talk about a twist: This whole show is about IP, baby! So, if Delos is not psyched about running a theme park for Wild Wild West enthusiasts, what is their actual intention? If they push Ford out, how will they use that precious code? And what are they going to do with all the cowboy hats they've invested in? Let's theorize some intellectual property of our own.