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When we first meet Teddy, the square-jawed bounty hunter played by James Marsden on HBO's Westworld, he looks like the potential hero of the show. Gazing out the window of a moving train as he makes his premiere episode debut, he's got that "main protagonist on a cable drama" swagger, and later orders whiskey, romances a girl, and rides a horse with real gravitas. He's Don Draper with spurs -- at least until he's taunted mercilessly and shot in the heart by the Man in Black. And then he's killed again. And again. And again.
If you've watched the first three episodes of Westworld, you've seen Teddy die four times, each one more brutal and undeserved than the last. He's the Mr. Bill of Westworld: a happy-go-lucky clown who exists to be disfigured. But just as Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) holds the key to unlocking Westworld's many secrets, the meaning behind Teddy's deaths could be the broken door-knocker you just keep banging till someone answers.
So, let's pour one out for unlucky Teddy and honor his many deaths with a closer look at each one to see if there are any insights, clues, or mind-boggling theories to glean from his repeated executions, particularly now that Ford has implanted him with a backstory that connects him to the villainous Wyatt. RIP, Teddy: Let's pray you're not dying in vain.