'Westworld': Is This Delos' Secret Project?

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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! Do not proceed if you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Westworld. For everyone else, make like James Delos and relive this episode all over again. 

Sunday’s episode of Westworld was giving us déjà vu -- so we can only imagine how the Man in Black must have felt.

The episode opened with a Desmond’s-hatch-in-Lost-like sequence portraying James Delos’ (Peter Mullan) morning routine in some sort of facility until William (Jimmi Simpson) arrives to take his baseline interview.

It’s not until later that we find out that this isn’t James Delos at all but rather a host created in his likeness, with his real-life mind stuck inside. And it isn’t until after that, when the Man in Black (Ed Harris) walks in, that we learn living forever takes more than one try -- 149 (and still not properly functioning) to be exact.

James Delos’ failure to accept his host body might have been a consequence of his health, but Ford (Anthony Hopkins) seemed to believe that the process would work on someone else. It’s curiously in a cave right outside of the lab where we’re reunited with Elsie (read Shannon Woodward’s interview about her return here), after Clementine (Angela Sarafyan) drags Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) away from Dolores’ (Evan Rachel Wood) drama to cut her loose.

Bernard starts to have flashbacks and enters the lab with Elsie, where they encounter and finally kill James Delos. It’s then that Elsie appears to start trusting Bernard again, and he realizes that he destroyed the lab -- and that Ford had him print a control unit for another human.

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Elsewhere in the park, the Man in Black continues on his quest to Glory, coming face to face with Major Craddock (Jonathan Tucker) and the Confederados. After letting the Confederados destroy Lawrence’s (Clifton Collins Jr.) home, the Man in Black appears to have a change of heart -- though Ford, appearing in the body of Lawrence’s daughter, warns him that one good deed doesn’t change everything.

“If you’re looking forward, you’re looking in the wrong direction,” Ford says, as the Man in Black heads off with Lawrence and his crew and comes face to face with someone from his past: his daughter, Emily (Katja Herbers).

“Hi, Dad,” she says, as the episode ends, and we’re left to wonder what it all means.

Is Delos’ secret project letting humans live forever? Why did Emily leave The Raj to find her father in Westworld? For now, read Herbers interview with ET about the shocking family reveal here, and see more on the show in the video below.

Westworld airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

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