WARNING: If you have not watched Sunday's explosive season finale of Westworld, DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER! For everyone else, let's do this...
These violent delights definitely had violent ends on Sunday's shocking season finale of Westworld.
In the 90-minute episode, HBO's futuristic western gave fans many of the answers they were looking for, but somehow also created even more. Let's discuss the episode's biggest bombshells!
William is the Man in Black
Our favorite theory was finally confirmed in the season finale, when the Man in Black (Ed Harris) and Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) finally went head to head.
"Well I'll be damned, Dolores. You do remember some things after all. It just so happens I knew a guest named William too. Why don't I tell you where his path really went?" the Man in Black told Dolores once they reached her gravesite.
"William didn't know how to fight, didn't have an instinct for it... And then he found he had a taste for it... I really ought to thank you, Dolores. You helped me find myself," he said over a montage of William (Jimmi Simpson) searching for Dolores (and dropping the photo Abernathy later uncovers!).
"I own this world, and I know every trick in it, except one last thing: Where is the center of the maze, Dolores?" he demanded.
The Maze Was Never Meant for the Man in Black
They tried to tell him, but the Man in Black was just too stubborn to listen.
"I wanted the hosts to stop playing by your rules. I wanted them to be free to fight back," the Man in Black tells Ford (Anthony Hopkins) after Teddy (James Marsden) rode off with a wounded Dolores, squashing his hopes of reaching the center of the maze.
"I tried to tell you, the maze wasn't meant for you. It was meant for them," Ford replied in a moment of foreshadowing, revealing that Arnold (Jeffrey Wright) created the maze to encourage Dolores' consciousness. "I do think you'll find my new narrative more satisfying. Enjoy the celebration. After all, you own the place."
Dolores Is Wyatt (Or the Other Way Around)
After 10 episodes, Ford's greatest villain yet, Wyatt, turned out not to be his villain at all, but instead the code Arnold input into Dolores on his final day in the park.
In an effort to stop the park from ever opening its doors, Arnold programmed Dolores (with Teddy's help) to brutally kill every host in the park -- and himself.
"These violent delights have violent ends," Arnold said, delivering his final words before Dolores, provoked by the sound of music, killed him, Teddy, and then herself.
Maeve Attempts to Make Her Escape -- And Comes Pretty Close
Maeve's (Thandie Newton) escape plan, with the help of Hector and Armistice (who? Maeve's fire lover and the snake lady -- keep up) seemed to work like clockwork in the finale, before Bernard introduced an interesting twist -- someone had programmed Maeve's getaway, down to each step.
Maeve, however, refusing to believe this discovery, impressively continued on in her quest for freedom, even making it on the train before deciding to go back into the park to find her daughter.
Sidenote: Maeve's excursion also revealed a possible plot for next season -- a developing Westworld-like sister park set in Asia.
Ford's New Narrative Is Finally Revealed
Ford's narrative finally came to fruition as promised, with Wyatt (Dolores) taking center stage.
"I'm sad to say this will be my final story," Ford announced to the board's investors as Dolores snuck up behind him on stage, clutching the gun she used to kill Arnold. "I hope you will enjoy this last piece very much."
With that, Dolores delivered a bullet straight through the back of Ford's head, recognizing her own brutal consciousness, and seemingly inspiring the park's other hosts to do the same.
A sea of hosts then emerged, firing on all fronts, and shooting the Man in Black, but giving him exactly what he wanted all along.
That Post-Credits Scene
While the finale left Maeve returning to the park to find her daughter, her escape partner, Armistice -- left behind when her arm was trapped by a door -- may have had a different fate.
Only time will tell where Westworld (and its hosts) go next, lest we question the nature of our reality before the show returns for season 2 in 2018.