There’s a lot to think about in the show Westworld. Every week it seems we get a new dimension to our understanding of the park or the characters that helps illuminate what we’ve seen already and leads to more questions about where the show is taking us. The deeper we get into the park, the deeper we are into the mystery of the Maze and where it will take us.
But the biggest question is the one that’s been with us since the very beginning of the show.
When is all this happening?
The timeline “mystery” starts in the second episode and doesn’t even track for me since Dolores flashes on a memory of the Man in Black before she shoots the robot and stumbles off to meet William still holding the gun, but nope.
Who is the Man in Black?
Nope, even before that.
Who’s in the photograph Abernathy found?
Honestly, the pilot was shot two years before the rest of the series, so I’m 98% certain that’s a lost cause anyway. But also nope.
Is Dolores really in a dream in the repair center and unaware of her reality?
While they are being a bit shady with how much Dolores is consciously aware of and when she’s aware of it, it’s not that either.
It stares us in the face right from the opening credits and ever since I saw it in the first episode I’ve never been able to unsee it. It’s right here:
Do you see it? It’s only there for two seconds, but here’s another look:
WHY IS THERE A SUN WEARING SUNGLASSES?!? How can a sun need visual protection from its own damaging UV rays?!? I know some of you are going to tell me that’s not what that is but I have yet to hear an explanation of that image that makes more sense than “sun wearing sunglasses.” For opening credits that are otherwise meticulously designed, this seems either incredibly unfortunate or THE BIGGEST MYSTERY OF THEM ALL. In conclusion:
I rest my case.