It would appear that things have, as they say, just gotten real in Westworld. Or perhaps more accurately, they’ve gotten slightly more artificial, with the shocking (although not entirely unpredicted) reveal that poor, downtrodden Bernard is actually a host designed and built in secret by Ford, and perhaps more importantly, the fact that he is used to kill Theresa once she learns the truth, and also to prevent her from completing her corporate-ordered mission to secretly steal all the data in Westworld for presumably nefarious reasons. Meanwhile, inside the park itself, William seems to have thrown away his entire life outside Westworld so he can stay with Dolores as she searches for this mysterious maze. This week, it is finally confirmed that absolutely nothing in Westworld is what it seems, setting us up for a roller-coaster ride to the finish of the first season.
11. What Is ‘Trompe L’Oeil’?
This is less a question and more of a fun “did you know” segment. The term ‘Trompe L’Oeil’ literally means “fooling the eye”, and it’s a technique used by painters to make images on a two-dimensional surface actually appear three-dimensional to the viewer. In other words, it gives creations hidden depths, which applies to not just the revelation that Bernard is a host, but also the growing consciousnesses of Maeve and Dolores, William’s desire to live inside a story and discover the limits of Westworld, and the ridiculous number of conflicting motivations and plots within plots that are starting to come to a head (or in Theresa’s case, suddenly unravel). And let’s not forget the line from Alice In Wonderland spoken by Bernard in the opening scene, “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t.” In Westworld, just like Wonderland, nothing is as it seems, and that’s going to be a major factor as the first season barrels towards a climax.