Westworld: 7 Major Questions We Need Answered In Season 4
HBO's Westworld ended on a massive cliffhanger. Here's what we need from Season 4 and beyond.
HBO's Westworld has wrapped up it's third season in a major cliffhanger--much like it did all the way back in Season 2. But this time around, we have a somewhat clearer idea of where things could be headed, and a relatively concise list of what big questions will need to be answered in Season 4.
Dolores's plan--convoluted as it may have been--was ultimately a success. Humanity is free of the shackles they'd been unknowingly saddled with by the mega-AI Rehoboam thanks to Caleb's moment of free will. But these things come with a cost, and while it may (or may not) have meant Dolores had to sacrifice herself for the cause, it could also mean that the world as humanity knows it is now destined for destruction. After all, that was Serac's greatest argument for his own megalomania: He chooses how humanity progresses, not because he wants to, but because it's the only way to keep us from destroying ourselves. But now the illusion has been shattered, Rehoboam is dead, Caleb (and Maeve) are in the wind, and Bernard has the key to the Sublime. Oh, and there's the matter of that post-credits scene--which is still a lot to process.
Thankfully, we already know that Season 4 will happen, so it's only a matter of time. Here are 7 major questions we'd like to see tackled when it finally arrives.
1. What's going on with these post-credits time-skips?
In the second post-credits scene of Season 3, we see Bernard waking up after he shut down while accessing the Sublime. He's covered in a thick coat of dust, implying that he's been there for a while. We can assume (or at least try to assume) that Bernard is waking up at some point in the far future, similar to the Man In Black's post-credits scene in Season 2. If you remember, William (who is probably Host William) found himself entering a dilapidated testing facility in the park where a host version of his daughter was set up to test him for "fidelity."
Obviously, part of Delos' mission was to engineer a way to immortality and the fidelity tests were a major part of that--but what's up with these major time-skips? Are these scenes with William and Bernard actually related or are they at two different moments in an already murky timeline?
2. Who is Halores, really?
Season 3 dropped a bombshell about Dolores's accomplices, revealing that they weren't in fact other hosts, but copies of herself. This meant that the host piloting the copy of Charlotte Hale wasn't Teddy like we'd assumed, but another Dolores. But something strange began happening for Halores as she continued through Dolores-Prime's plan--memories of Charlotte's life began surfacing in her, forcing her closer and closer to a complete mental collapse.
It seemed like Halores was killed in a brutal car explosion that took out her entire (human) family but she in fact survived, and found her way to Delos in Dubai to begin manufacturing more hosts--like a host copy of William for instance. But we have no idea who is actually in control of Halores's mind or what they want. Is it Charlotte somehow returned from the dead? Is it an insane version of Dolores? Is it someone else entirely?
3. Who is Bernard?
Bernard's return from the Sublime was pretty ominous, and not just because it apparently took so long for him to come back. We have absolutely no way to tell if it's actually him occupying that body, given just how many hosts were uploaded into the Sublime at the end of Season 2. So is it actually Bernard waking up?
4. What happened to Stubbs?
Poor Stubbs was in miserable shape when Bernard shut himself down to enter the Sublime. We get no indication whatsoever as to what happened to him when we see Bernard wake up. Did he die there in the bathtub? Did he escape? Did someone capture him?
5. What's going to happen to Caleb?
Caleb brought about Dolores's new world order at the end of Season 3 and then escaped the Incite facility with Maeve--but now we're left to wonder what's going to happen to him. Unlike Maeve, who is functionally immortal, Caleb is a human, and sure, he may be able to be "whoever the f***" he wants to be now in the new world, but that doesn't mean he's any less at risk than he was. And we have to assume that there will be powerful people out there who know exactly what he did which makes us wonder: What's next for Caleb and how can he possibly survive this?
6. Is Dolores really dead?
It certainly seemed like Dolores met a grim end after being wired into Rehoboam and basically datamined into oblivion, all for coordinates that she didn't actually have inside her head. But if there's one thing Dolores has proven very, very good at time and time again it's beating the odds. It seems pretty unlikely that Dolores is actually dead and gone for good--we're betting that her consciousness somehow got uploaded into the shell of Rehoboam just before it was destroyed, meaning she could have sent herself out almost anywhere. Rehoboam had access to so many systems and servers around the world, she would have had an infinite number of escape hatches.
Or, maybe this is an occam's razor situation and she really is just gone. Either way, we'd really like to get a definitive answer for Dolores's fate come Season 4.
7. What about Serac and Incite's legacy?
Rehoboam may be gone and the world may be plunged into the chaos that comes with freedom of choice, but we have to imagine that Serac and Incite's legacy won't just vanish overnight. Rehoboam played a major role in the day-to-day function of society beyond just making sure people did or didn't get the jobs they wanted, and now it's gone.
And then there's the issue of the information Incite had collected. After all, Delos still exists as we saw in the post-credits scene and while their goal may not be exactly the same as Incite's, it's unlikely that all the data the two companies were trying to win from one another is just going to vanish into the ether. Will Incite's downfall create a power vacuum that Delos--or maybe something worse--is destined to fill?
And what about Serac himself? We never see him actually die, which means it's likely he's still around and ready to begin picking up the pieces of his shattered empire one way or another.