This post contains spoilers through Season 2, Episode 10 of Westworld, the season finale. Head to our show hub for more reviews, theories, and deep dives.
What did we learn in Westworld's Season 2 finale, "The Passenger," besides that we, as humans, are useless and incapable of change? Are we all endlessly doomed to living out our own personal hells, unable to make a different decision than the one that damned us? Was the theme of the human plot of the episode just mirroring the reality of 10 weeks beating our bloody fists against a tangled fictionalized timeline?
The one thing we got right is that this week simplifies what should or should not have been on the timeline in the first place. With the whole picture of Westworld in front of us, and some interesting prospects for where this could all go next season, it became very apparent that the show was not giving us accurate information about the passage of individual days. Although it seemed like tracking days would be the only way to track each timeline against each other, the reality is the climax brought all the characters together at the same time in the same place (well, except Old William who spends some time way, way, way in the future).
Here are the assumptions on the final Westworld Season 2 timeline: If days don’t matter, the order in which things happen matters doubly. Because the first season was jumping between different years instead of different weeks, a traditional timeline made sense. This season, there’s at least one version of the character who interacts with the series leads in a locked time and place (even Logan, if you count The Forge). Season 2 was the story of the fall of Westworld. What does end up being important is the character arcs themselves. Old William’s story looks more and more like a loop when you isolate it from the journeys of Dolores, Bernard, and Maeve. The main assumption is that we can trust the neck scanners that gave Old William a “clear” last week. We spent most of this season seeing real Old William interactions... probably. Where this gets fuzzy is also noted below.
See you next season when something else overly complex with William and Bernard will result in shocking Episode 7 and Episode 10 reveals! At least Westworld is developing a pattern.