The Episode: Season 1, Episodes 1, 2, 3 “Opening Credits”
The Egg: “I’d get into a bit of trouble with HBO if I went into too much detail, but I can certainly say that we poured over every detail and element and nothing is in there by accident,” Westworld creative director Patrick Clair told TheWrap. We’ll have to wait and see the Easter eggs that unfold in the credits, but keep your eyes out because we know they’re there.
The Egg: Until last night, there was a theory that Westworld was flashing back and forth between the current time with the Man in Black to a time 30 years earlier, and that he and newcomer William are one in the same. Unfortunately, those threads of theories seemed to be debunked with the ending of Episode 3 last night, when Dolores collapsed into William’s arms.
The Egg: The themes of Alice in Wonderland are rampant in the show. Not only did Dolores read a passage from the book in Episode 3, a lot of viewers have noticed the parallels between their wardrobes as well.
The Egg: The robot snake shown in Episode 2 is a direct reference to the movie, in which a snake bites a man’s hand signifying that there is something changing with the hosts because they aren’t supposed to hurt humans.
The Egg: Dr. Ford reveals that earlier versions of the hosts “repeated themselves, broke down constantly and a simple handshake could give them away.” This is a reference to the movie in which the robot’s hands were the hardest element to get right, and therefore, the giveaway that marked them as robots.
The Egg: Register as a guest at DiscoverWestworld.com and start exploring. There are tons of fun tidbits to find, but the best is the “employee” section. Login under “VIOLENTDELIGHTS” and use the chatbox to get the characters to answer Game of Thrones questions for you. It’s even more amusing than Siri’s thoughts on “Pokémon Go.”
The Egg: The sexbots are in the original movie too, so Maeve (Thandie Newton) and Clementine (Angela Sarafyan) especially seem to be a direct reference to the original film. Of course, this time around, their roles have been expanded. Maeve was one of the first to remember, so she’ll likely be one of the first to start the mayhem inside of Westworld.
The Egg: In the 1973 film, Westworld wasn’t the only world of hosts. In fact, there were three: Medieval World, Roman World, and of course, Westworld, with Delos as the company that ran all of the worlds. In Westworld, however, there just appears to be the one, but that hasn’t stopped the show from peppering in some Delos references. Maybe we’ll see the worlds expand as the series progresses.
The Egg: In the first episode, the wanted poster for Hector Escaton looks a lot like the protagonist Peter from the 1973 film. His backstory is even similar. After breaking out of jail, Hector flees to the mountains, same as Peter did in the original film. Hector’s storyline ends up taking quite a different turn at the end of the episode, but the introduction still seems to be a reference to the movie.
In Episode 4, Dolores is seen in flashbacks at a mysterious church graveyard. One clever Reddit user looked close enough to see that one of the graves reads “Dolores Abernathy.” This aligns with the theory that there are two different timelines going on in Westworld, but it could also suggest that maybe Dolores is a recreation of a real person who is no longer alive, like, say, Dr. Ford’s wife or lover?
Westworld writer Michael Crichton also wrote Jurassic Park, so, of course, the show paid homage to the dinosaur world in Episode 5. When Felix is tinkering with the bird’s programming, he leans over it and says, “Come on, little one,” which is the exact line John Hammond uses when encouraging a Velociraptor to hatch in Jurassic Park.
There are a lot of theories about the timelines in Westworld, and the theories are pretty complicated. Suffice it to say, a lot of viewers have noticed subtle shifts in Westworld that have led them to believe the show is operating in two different timelines. Shifts like changes in the train’s appearance and the appearance of the Westworld logos. The theory goes that when we are with Logan and William, we are watching events 30 years in the past, but when we see the Man in Black and Bernard, we are in the present. Dolores stays the same because she is a host, and therefore, doesn’t age.
In Westworld Episode 6, Bernard heads to the mysterious basement levels of the facility. As he makes his way to the computer with the information he seeks about the unmonitored hosts within the world, we catch a figure leaning against the wall. It’s the figure of a host, a cowboy, and a clear throwback to the original 1973 film and the actor Yul Brynner, who played the movie’s Gunslinger. In the original film, it’s Brynner’s character who ends up going rogue and hunting down park guests. His appearance in the series could also foreshadow some dark things to come.