Okay, so if you’re like us, you now have a headache after watching the ninth episode of the first season of Westworld, and badly want someone to try and explain how the timeline fits together, because it’s pretty obvious at this point that not everything happening on this show is happening at the same time. Unfortunately for us, we’re supposed to be the people doing the explaining. And since the show has at least tried to start providing answers, rather than spend this week asking questions, we thought we’d try our best to make sense of how all the pieces fit together.
It should go without saying, but this contains plot-related spoilers from the entire first nine episodes of the show, so you probably shouldn’t be reading this if you aren’t all caught up.
Ready to go down the rabbit hole with us? Right, let’s begin.
All right, so before the park even opened, Ford and Arnold were building hosts that could pass Turing tests, and arguing about how to make them even better. Arnold was of the belief that they should hear a voice in their heads that inspired actions, and went ahead and implemented that idea in the hosts, which included Dolores, the host who welcomes William to Westworld, and possibly Teddy and Maeve. Early in the season, we see Bernard having conversations with Dolores, which lent confusion to the issue of multiple time periods. However, now that we know Bernard was made in the image of Arnold, we can safely assume those conversations happened at this point with the real Arnold, and not the host Bernard. These hosts are tested in a small town, which is the one Dolores remembers during her search with William.http://www.businessinsider.com/westworld-time-frame-theory-confirmed-2016-11 Souce: BusinessInsider.com