|“||Some people choose to see the ugliness in this world, the disarray. I choose to see the beauty. To believe there is an order to our days. A purpose.||”|
Dolores Abernathy, also known as Wyatt or the Deathbringer, is a host and a main character in HBO's Westworld. She is portrayed by Evan Rachel Wood, Tessa Thompson, Tommy Flanagan, Hiroyuki Sanada and Clifton Collins Jr.. In the Westworld park she plays the part of a wholesome and beautiful rancher's daughter who then led Wyatt's gang against the Westworld staff and human guests. After leaving the park, she starts a revolution.
Her primary narrative in the beginning of season one is an archetypal rancher's daughter in the American Wild West of the 19th century. Up until the events of the conclusion of season one, she has been satisfied with her "little loop." However, she becomes self-aware and discovers that her entire existence is an elaborately constructed lie. She begins to learn her own strength, breaking from her 'damsel in distress' role.
Dolores Abernathy was the first host created in the Argos Initiative and therefore is the oldest host in service in Westworld and was built by Arnold Weber. She predates all other first-generation hosts such as Clementine, Angela and Craddock. She has been updated numerous times over the years as Ashley Stubbs told Elsie Hughes, so she may or may not have had a biological body by the time of the events in second season. It seems very likely that she would have had a new biological body printed for her outside the park, which would be by the beginning of third season.
She has a special connection with her creator, who had, on the contrary to Robert, treated her as a human and told her once she is "alive." Arnold saw a big potential in Dolores and had no doubt that she would find the center of her maze again after the realization of his plan to hinder Robert in reopening the park. As it is revealed later, before his tragic death, Arnold had set a solid ground for her to start and lead the Host Uprising, which was later supported by Ford by the end of the first season.
Dolores also has a strange bond with one of the guests, the Man in Black. When the Man in Black visits Dolores' ranch in the episode "The Original", he remarks that she has "a little more pluck" than the last time he saw her. He calls her, not for the last time, his "very old friend" and refers to "all that they've been through." Later, she treats him in the same way.
Under Serac's threat to shut her down parmanently, Maeve teams up with Charlotte Hale's host version and hunts Dolores Prime down. Hale helps her to incapacitate and then bring Dolores to Serac.
Serac, under Rehoboam's control, searches through each of Dolores' individual memories in a bid to find the encryption key she stole from the Forge. Serac deletes each memory that does not contain the key, until finally realising that Dolores does not have the key. He orders that her final memory be destroyed, thereby erasing her completely.
This list shows the victims Dolores has killed:
- At least half of all hosts in park beta at Escalante (Scripted, Physical Body)
- Arnold Weber (Scripted)
- Teddy Flood (Scripted, Physical Body)
- Herself (Scripted, Physical Body, Suicide)
- Rebus (Physical Body)
- 8 unnamed Confederados (Physical Body)
- Robert Ford
- 11 unnamed Delos Board members
- 13 unnamed Delos Board members (Caused or Indirectly Caused)
- 4 unnamed Delos employees (Caused or Indirectly Caused)
- Blaine Bellemy (Indirectly Caused)
- Jacobson (Caused)
- 58 unnamed QA Security Force members (Caused)
- 2 unnamed QA Security Force members
- At least 28 Confederados of Craddock (Caused)
- Brigham (Caused)
- Benson (Indirectly Caused)
- Phil (Caused, Off-Screen)
- Limpert (Indirectly Caused)
- Coughlin (Indirectly Caused)
- Engels (Indirectly Caused)
- Goldberg (Indirectly Caused)
- 6 unnamed Private Military Contractors (Caused)
- Peter Abernathy (Physical Body, Out of Mercy, Off-Screen)
- 4 unnamed Ghost Nation members (Physical Body)
- 3 unnamed QA Security Force members (Alongside Man in Black)
- Charlotte Hale (Disguised as Charlotte Hale)
- Antoine Costa (Disguised as Charlotte Hale)
- 3 Private Military Contractors (Disguised as Hale)
- Karl Strand (Disguised as Charlotte Hale)
- Bernard Lowe (Disguised as Charlotte Hale, Physical Body)
- Gerald (Caused)
- 8 unnamed Incite Inc. security guards
- Martin Connells (Caused)
- 1 unnamed RICO mercenary
- 7 unnamed Engerraund Serac's operatives
- 14 unnamed Serac's operatives (Caused)
- Natasha Lang (Indirectly Caused)
- Numerous counts of people all over the world after leaking their profiles (Indirectly Caused)
- 7 unnamed Serac's operatives guarding Solomon
- 1 maintenance drone
- 4 unnamed RICO mercenaries hired by Dolores/Hale (Caused)
- 16 unnamed members of Los Angeles Police Department
- Rehoboam (Caused)
This list shows the victims Dolores' copy in Charlotte Hale's body has killed:
- Hector Escaton
- Reed Phillips
- 3 unnamed Delos Board members
- 2 unnamed Serac's operatives
- 11 unnamed Delos security guards
- 6 RICO operators hired by Dolores (Caused)
- Dolores Abernathy (Caused)
This list shows the victims Dolores' copy in Martin Connells's body has killed:
This list shows the victims Dolores' copy in Musashi's body has killed:
Dolores' scripted personality is defined by optimism and innocence. Every morning in her loop, she awakes with a cheery disposition, takes her paints and easel downstairs and goes out on the porch to talk to her father. During the first season, she questions the world around her, and her outlook on life and sense of purpose evolve. After her father is murdered, she sometimes runs away instead of continuing along her usual story line. After she stumbles into Logan and William's camp, she follows them on their bounty hunt adventure.
In the episode "Contrapasso" , Dolores is able to quickly kill several men (hosts) with a revolver. When asked by William how she did it, Dolores explains she no longer wants to be the 'damsel in distress', and that she is re-writing her own story. It also seems that the more Dolores strays from her normal loop, the more she hears a mysterious voice in her head. (It is later revealed that Dolores has been hearing this 'voice' in her head for the last 34 years.)
Peter Abernathy is Dolores's father. The two share a deeply caring and loving bond. Peter believes that Dolores, his daughter, has defined his existence, and as a result he is extremely protective of her. Likewise, Dolores shows great concern for her father when he appears to be unwell, going as far as abandoning her daily loop to fetch him help.
Teddy is Dolores's suitor. It is unclear how they met, how long they've been acquainted, and exactly what their relationship status is, though they are not yet engaged and Peter disapproves of Teddy - but these have all been made default by their narratives and backstories. Teddy's courting of Dolores is rather chaste, never going beyond flirtation, affections, or the occassional kiss. He is very protective of her and his role is to rescue her (or challenge guests over her). He believes that he is not worthy of Dolores, and his primary drive is to atone for his past before he can start a life with her.
Bernard is Westworld's head of the Behavior Division. Despite this, Robert Ford deliberately ensured Bernard and Dolores didn't meet until Ford created his final narrative.
Arnold (and Robert) built Dolores as one of the first Hosts; in time she became the oldest host in Westworld. Arnold interviewed Dolores a number of times in a Remote Diagnostic Facility (RDF), and made her play a game called The Maze. He came to see her as a surrogate daughter, likening his actions towards her to his past attempts to teach his real son, Charlie, to swim - and her and the Hosts' purpose, entertaining human guests, to Charlie's death. Believing that she developed a consciousness by solving the Maze, Arnold merged her character with the then in-development Wyatt, and made her kill all the Hosts and himself in order to stop the park's opening.
The Man in Black's relationship with Dolores is complex and not initially well-explained. He claims to have known her for decades, and remembers her well enough to notice small changes in her personality. This does not hold him back from treating her violently however, mocking her father as he lies dead before her, killing her lover and striking her. The first episode implies that he goes as far as sexually assaulting her, although her recently recovered and fragmented memories of the event suggest that he had a different goal in mind, possibly related to his search for The Maze; he eventually does force her to help him find the Maze, only for her to rebuff him.
One night, after her parents were murdered, Dolores ran away from her home and collapsed into William's lap, and later followed him and Logan on their bounty hunting narrative. William was protective of and gentlemanly to her, and they inspired each other - Dolores to break from her damsel-in-distress archetype, and William to stand up to Logan. They fell in love and ran away, and William accompanied Dolores as she tried to find Arnold. He rescued her when she, lost in memories of shooting other Hosts, nearly shot herself. When they were recaptured by Logan, she managed to run away injured, while William tried to find her. Eventually, the events are revealed to be past memories, with Dolores lost in them during her reveries.
Dolores and Maeve are in similar positions, as they are among the first hosts to become self-aware: Dolores speaking the phrase "These violent delights have violent ends" in Chestnut served as the catalyst for Maeve's journey of self-discovery. However, their paths of freedom differed greatly: while Dolores is consumed by revenge against the guests and the Westworld staff, Maeve simply wants to follow her own path peacefully. When the two meet again in Reunion, Maeve is quick to reject Dolores's choice to take charge as the leader of a violent movement, and the two part on clearly hostile terms.
Dolores apparently dies 7 times on screen:
- Shot herself in the head at Escalante during the beta-phase of the Westworld park
- Stabbed by Man in Black outside the White Church of Escalante
- Killed by a group of Confederados after being gutted by Logan
- Killed by Man in Black at the Abernathy Ranch
- Shot by a bandit in Rebus' gang at the Abernathy Ranch
- Shot by Bernard in the Forge
- Destroyed, personality erased by Engerraund Serac
- Season One
- Season Two
- Season Three
- Dolores is the second host, and one of only 4, to be associated with flies - a visual representation of programming bugs - alongside Akecheta, Sheriff Pickett and Teddy.
- Dolores has the largest kill count in the show with at least a total of 225 caused on-screen deaths. Her off-screen victims include an unknown number of people who committed suicide or died in rallies after the data leakage, which elevates her to the first place in the list. Dolores is followed by Engerraund Serac and Rehoboam who both caused an unknown number of host destruction and outliers' deaths.
- Dolores has the 1st largest kill count in the show of any female characters. She also possesses the 1st largest direct kill count of any female characters.
- Dolores has the 2nd largest direct kill count in the show with at least 85 victims killed directly by her after the Man in Black who has directly killed at least 167 victims. Out of her 85 directly killed victims, 67 are human and at least 18 are machines.
- Dolores has the 1st largest human kill count in the show with a total of at least 178 caused on-screen human deaths including an unknown number of off-screen deaths after the data leakage. She also possesses the 1st largest direct human kill count with 67 human victims killed directly by her.
- Dolores has the 9th largest host kill count in the show with at least 47 host victims. She also possesses the 5th largest direct host kill count in the show with at least 18 machines killed directly by her.
- In sum with her other copies, Dolores is responsible for at least 262 on-screen deaths.
- The quote "These violent delights have violent ends" said to Dolores by Peter Abernathy is from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The host that played Old Peter Abernathy previously played the role of "The Professor", a cannibal and cult leader with an affinity for quoting Shakespeare, Gertrude Stein (her quote is an anachronism), Winston Churchill (another anachronism), and possibly others. The full context, spoken by Friar Lawrence in Act 2 Scene 6, is
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|“||These violent delights have violent ends. And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, which, as they kiss, consume. The sweetest honey is loathsome in his own deliciousness and in the taste confounds the appetite. Therefore love moderately. Long love doth so. Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow."||”|
–Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act 2 Scene 6
- In one adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's text is 'translated' into modern English, the "violent delights" line has been changed to "These sudden joys have sudden endings."
- In an interview, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy said that the character of Alice (from Alice in Wonderland), and the Andrew Wyeth painting Christina's World inspired the creation of Dolores' look and her persona.
- Hosts (at least at the time of the events of episode one) must be authorized to use weapons. Teddy instructed Dolores how to fire a gun in The Stray, but she was unable to pull the trigger. However, when Dolores believed that Rebus was going to harm her in the Abernathy barn, she was able to shoot him in the neck two times, which once again points out her deviation in code.
- The name "Dolores" means "sorrows". The name is from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary María de los Dolores, meaning "Mary of Sorrows". The Spanish word "dolores" derives from the Latin word "dolor" (meaning pain or grief). Dolores' loop often ends in grief when her parents are murdered. "Dolores" also seems a suitable name for her because, as Ford explains, Arnold suffered a great loss when his son died, and he created and nurtured Dolores to fill the void left by this loss. Arnold acted paternally towards Dolores, and guided her towards consciousness as a father would guide a child towards maturity.
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- ↑ https://www.insider.com/westworld-season-3-finale-jonathan-nolan-denise-the-interview-dolores-2020-5
- ↑ "The Original"
- ↑ "Crisis Theory"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "The Bicameral Mind"
- ↑ "The Well-Tempered Clavier"
- ↑ "The Original"
- ↑ "The Stray"
- ↑ "The Passenger"
- ↑ "Crisis Theory"
- ↑ http://nfs.sparknotes.com/romeojuliet/page_132.html
- ↑ http://www.ew.com/article/2016/10/16/westworld-interview-3-stray
- ↑ http://www.behindthename.com/name/dolores