William’s “Westworld” Journey Led to a Massive Personality Transformation (SPOILERS)

Spoiler alert! This article contains spoilers for Westworld Seasons 1-3.

HBO’s hit series Max Westworld is back in Season 4, so it’s time to think back to what our favorite heroes have been up to over the past three seasons. William (Jimmi Simpson), better known as the Man in Black (Ed Harris), is on a tumultuous journey full of self-discovery, regret and anger. What happened to put him on such a path of destruction? Let’s go back to his past.

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Thoughtful, docile William (Jimmi Simpson) first meets Juliet Delos, Logan’s (Ben Barnes) sister, who is interested in investing in Westworld. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) and Arnold Weber (Jeffrey Wright) present their earliest/first presenter, Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood). It is important to note that William is not involved in the initial presentation of Ford and Weber.

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William goes to the park with Logan after becoming engaged to Juliet. During his visit, William and Logan discover that Dolores is waking up conscious. William and Dolores begin to form a relationship, but Logan reappears and mutilates Dolores to remind William that she is not “real”. Dolores disappears to erase her memory, and William kills the other hosts looking for her. This is how William’s spiral toward the Man in Black begins.

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William later returns to the park with his father-in-law, James Delos, and explains that his interest in the park is about discovering the truth about human nature. William’s wife and daughter are afraid of him and his unstable nature, causing Juliet to commit suicide. James retires and later becomes terminally ill. Logan dies of a drug overdose shortly after James’s death, leaving Delos to William.

When James retires, William returns to the park and shows Dolores the project he started. To raise money for his project, William sells some (not all!) Westworld guest data to Serac. The project William is trying to fund recreates James Delos’ consciousness and turns his father-in-law into a host. I’ve been perfecting James bot for seven years now.

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One day, William visits James and reveals the events of the past seven years, including the death of his son and the suicide of his daughter. Host-James becomes furious and William tells the technicians who are monitoring his progress so that he gets worse. Juliet also turns out to commit suicide, knowing her husband is struggling with the loss of Dolores and his dark deeds in the park itself.

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Before she dies, Juliet leaves a copy of William’s park records for their daughter Emily to find. During his travels to the park, the Man in Black followed the idea of ​​a “maze”, but Dolores confronts him after realizing he is William, saying the maze isn’t for him – it’s for the hosts to raise awareness. to get . However, the Man in Black learns of a new “game” called The Door, which Ford made especially for him.

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The Man in Black tells Lawrence, one of his hosts, that he plans to rectify his past mistakes by burning Westworld to the ground. However, he saves Lawrence and his family from other hosts, meeting his daughter Emily (who was in a neighboring park) in the process. Emily and the Man in Black briefly reconcile and she urges him to go home. However, he resists her request and is shot by Maeve, whom he previously tormented in the park.

Emily saves her father, but reveals that she knows that Delos is copying the visitors’ consciousness and intends to expose and arrest him. She calls his “profile” and he kills her, thinking she is the host. Unfortunately, when he realizes he’s not the host, The Man in Black doubts his humanity and wonders if he’s the host. After a brief period of mourning, the Man in Black meets Dolores and Bernard, who let him die after trying to kill Dolores.

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Miraculously, the Man in Black emerges from the ruined park on the mainland. He returns home and hallucinates his dead relatives when Dolores (Dolores consciousness in Charlotte Hale’s body) puts him in a mental hospital to take over Delos and turn him into a private company. She also injects him with an unknown substance. In the setting, Man in Black begins a new “game” – to free the world from its hosts and protect humanity.

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Bernard and security agent Stubbs rescue the Man in Black, who is believed to be “dead.” The Man in Black tries to kill Bernard and Stubbs to get free, escapes to contact a lawyer and declares that he is legally alive (and obtaining a list of Delos’ assets). Far in the future, Emily will appear in the Forge (the facility used to build hosts in Westworld) as the host, and the Man in Black will be the host.

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During the post-credits scene in the season three finale, Charlotte-Dolores confronts William’s husband with host William, who slits a human William’s throat. Despite all of William’s questions about his humanity, it seems viewers have finally learned the truth: William/The Man in Black has become what he set out to uproot.

Westworld Season 4 premieres Sunday, June 26 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO and HBO Max.

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