Warning: Spoilers ahead for HBO’s “Westworld” season two, episode five, “Akane No Mai.”
“Westworld” charged into its second season’s halfway point with the thrilling introduction of Shogun World. As Maeve gained new powers and Dolores made a drastic decision in her relationship with Teddy, more mysteries were uncovered.
Keep reading to see nine important details you might have overlooked in Sunday’s episode of “Westworld.”
Strand and Costa’s conversation about Bernard gave more weight to a popular theory about what’s happening in the future time frame.
When speaking at the Mesa during the episode’s opening scene, Strand told Costa something important about Bernard.
“That’s quite a story you gave him. And one hell of an ending,” Strand said. “How did all these disparate threads come together to create this nightmare? If we figure that out, we’ll know how the story turns.”
This likely means that Bernard waking up on the beach two weeks after Ford’s death was a set up. The Delos team know he’s a host, and they gave him coded “story.”
Ever since the first episode of this season established at least two time frames — immediately after Ford’s death and then two weeks later — people have picked up on inconsistencies with Bernard.
As many on the “Westworld” subreddit have pointed out, Bernard doesn’t always have a scar on his temple in the “two weeks later” scenes. He also appeared to see multiple sets of hosts getting executed, leading some to think that Bernard was on a loop of sorts.
Now with Strand saying that Costa gave Bernard a “story,” it would make sense that the Delos group has somehow found out the truth about Bernard being a host. And now they’re using that to try and make him reveal what happened in the park during the two weeks Delos wasn’t there.
This also brings the whole “sea of dead hosts” scene into question.
At the end of the first episode this season, Bernard and the Delos team arrived at a mysterious body of water where a bunch of dead hosts — including Teddy — were floating. Bernard said he “killed them all,” but now it seems as if that might be a false memory Costa planted.
“That’s quite a story you gave him,” Strand said on Sunday’s episode. “And one hell of an ending.”
Strand said “ending” as the camera panned over Teddy’s body. So we might be back to square one with understanding how those hosts came to be in the water, since now it seems as if Strand and Costa staged it for Bernard.
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