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Some people choose to see the ugliness in this world, I choose to see the beauty.

–Dolores Abernathy

"The Original" is the premiere episode of Westworld, and the first episode of the first season. The episode was co-written by series creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. It was also directed by Nolan.

Synopsis

As another day of fantasy plays out in Westworld - a vast, remote park where guests pay top dollar to share wild-west adventures with android "hosts" - top programmer Bernard Lowe alerts park founder Dr. Robert Ford, about incidents of aberrant behavior cropping up in some recently re-coded hosts. Meanwhile, in the Westworld town of Sweetwater, a rancher's daughter named Dolores encounters a gunslinger named Teddy in the street - but their predictable narrative is upended by the appearance of a ruthless Man in Black and, later, by a supporting host's unscripted encounter with an artifact of the outside world.

–Official Synopsis


Plot

Dolores Abernathy

We hear a man's voice say "Bring her back online," and then see a nude Dolores Abernathy seated upon a stool.

Dolores Host

The series begins with Dolores in Analysis Mode.

The unseen man asks if she can hear him and Dolores replies that she can. She also admits that she's not “quite feeling herself". The man then tells her she can lose the accent she is more accustomed to, before asking her if she knows where she is. Dolores replies that she's in a dream. The man agrees that, yes, she is, and asks her if she'd like to wake up - Dolores replies "Yes, I'm terrified.", but her lips don't move and she shows no sign of emotion.

There is a smudge of dirt on her left cheek. A fly lands and crawls from her forehead, down her nose and up to her left eye, yet Dolores doesn't react and remains motionless. The man assures her that there is nothing to be afraid of, as long as she answers his questions correctly. He then asks her if she understands his commands, and after she replies yes, the fly moves to the center of her unblinking eye. The man starts his questions: "First, have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?” She answers, “No.”
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Dolores wakes everyday to the same routine.

Our view switches to Dolores waking in her bed, her voice over guiding us through her normal morning loop. The questions continue: "Tell us what you think of your world." We watch as she walks downstairs, fully dressed. She answers him by saying: “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 eventually makes her way out to the porch and says good morning to her father Peter Abernathy, as he sits in his rocking chair. After a brief conversation, Dolores tells her father she is going to leave to do some painting.

The unseen narrator in voice over asks what she thinks about the guests. She says, "Do you mean the newcomers?"  As she talks our viewpoint switches to a train carrying guests to Sweetwater. Two guests are talking. One man mentions his previous visits to Westworld. His first narrative was a family vacation, with fishing and hunting. His second trip he came alone. He admits to going “straight evil”, and that they were the best two weeks of his life.

Dolores continues to speak to the unseen narrator in voice over. She says that she likes to remember how her father taught her that everyone was once new to this world. She says, "The newcomers are just looking for the same things we are - a place to be free, to stake out our dream, a place with unlimited possibilities."

Teddy Flood

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Guests arriving by train to Sweetwater the same time as Teddy.

The train stops at the Sweetwater station and the passengers unload. One of the passengers, Teddy, walks past a couple who are visiting for the first time and are looking at Sweetwater in wonderment. The lady says, "It's incredible." The man says, "It better be, for what we're paying."

Teddy walks through town. He bumps into a tall, rough looking cowboy. Then he passes the Sheriff who is briefing a group of men about searching for a criminal named Hector Escaton. The sheriff says Hector gunned down the marshal and is holed up in the mountains. The sheriff asks Teddy to join the posse but he declines, saying "not today" and politely tips his
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Teddy see's Dolores from the saloon window and leaves to approach her.

hat before walking on. Instead, Teddy makes his way into the Mariposa Saloon. In the bar, he orders a rye whiskey. Clementine, a saloon prostitute approaches him. "You're new. Not much of a rind on you," she says. Teddy turns down her offer for company. He says he’d prefer not to pay for a woman's affections. Another woman, madam Maeve Millay, is listening and says that he has to pay in one way or another, the difference is her rates are fixed and posted on the door. He's not listening. Instead he’s transfixed on Dolores Abernathy; watching her through the saloon window, coming out of a store. Teddy leaves the bar without speaking to anyone, and walks across the street toward her.

The questions and answers continue in voice over: "Do you ever feel inconsistencies in your world? Or repetitions?"

"All lives have routine. Mine's no different." she says. "Still, I never cease to wonder at the thought, that any day the course of my whole life could change with just one chance encounter."

Dolores is packing her saddle. She drops a can of condensed milk. Teddy picks up the can and hands it to her. "You came back," she says. "I told you I would," he says. It is obvious that they know each other. He asks to escort her home. She challenges him with a smile, saying yes, "can you keep up?" She gets on her horse and rides away, leaving him to quickly find a horse.

We see him catch up to her outside town on the open prairie with the mountains as a backdrop. They are in no rush. They stop to admire the vista of Westworld. She teases him for not knowing about cattle. She says that she forgets he just dresses like a cowboy, and that's the extent of it. She teaches him about the Judas Steer. She tells him the rest of the cattle just follow where he goes. He asks how she knows. She responds that she just knows things, just like she knew he'd come back. She tells Teddy he is predictable; there is a path for everyone and his path leads back to her. She knows things will work out the way they're meant to. She reminds him that her father won't be pleased to see him.

It is dark by the time they return to her farm. As they approach they hear a gunshot and see the flash inside the house. Teddy pulls out his rifle and tells her to stay put. Then he rushes toward the house. At the house a man with a mustache and bowler hat (who we later learn is named Rebus) is tormenting Dolores' father Peter, who is lying on the ground in front of his house. Rebus is holding a glass bottle of milk. He says, "Ain't you got anything out here other than milk, old man?"  Peter remains defiant and Rebus shoots him. Rebus pours some of the milk on dead Peter. Rebus' partner, Walter is on the porch, complaining that Dolores' mother was killed before they could have any fun with her. Rebus says she's still warm enough. Rebus hands the bottle of milk to Walter, who turns and walks back into the house.

Teddy finally arrives and shoots both men. As Teddy kneels next to the body of Dolores’ mother, the unseen narrator continues: "Last question, Dolores. What if I told you that you were wrong? That there are no change encounters? That you and everyone you know were built to gratify the desires of the people who pay to visit your world? The people you call 'the newcomers.'"

A frantic Dolores arrives and kneels next to her father's body. Then another man appears . . . the Man in Black. He menacingly stands over her and says "Hello again" before hurling insults toward her father. Dolores grabs a gun on the ground and points it at him. Before she can shoot he knocks the gun out of her hands. He slaps her. She falls to the ground. He asks if that's any way to treat an old friend. He reminds her that he’s been visiting for 30 years, yet she still doesn’t remember him after all they've been through. "They gave you a little more pluck, Dolores," he says. "Absolutely charming."

Teddy comes out of the house and challenges him. The Man in Black knows Teddy and seems bored with the challenge. He torments Teddy, letting him have the first shot. Teddy shoots . . . once . . . twice. The bullets have no effect on the Man in Black. The narrator say, "What if I told you you can't hurt the newcomers? And that they can do anything they want to you?" Teddy looks at his gun in disbelief, shocked that the bullets have no effect. The Man in Black continues to taunt Teddy. "I never understood why they paired some of you off," he says. "Seems cruel." Teddy shoots the Man in Black again. The Man in Black says he came to realize that winning doesn't mean anything unless there is a loser. He walks up to Teddy, looks him in the eyes, then says, "which means you are here to be the loser."

Teddy doesn't understand. He gives up and falls to his knees, deflated. The Man in Black pats him on the back and says, "Seems you're not the man you thought you were." The Man in Black walks back to Dolores. He starts to drag her across the yard. "Come on beautiful." Teddy regains his courage and stands. He shoots again in vain, once . . . twice. Dolores begs for Teddy's life. She says she'll do whatever he asks. But the Man in Black slaps her again. He tells her he didn't pay all this money for it to be easy. He wants her to fight. Teddy shoots again. The Man in Black is bored. He turns and shoots Teddy in the chest with a single shot. The Man in Black continues to drag Dolores toward the barn kicking and screaming. "It's good to be back," he says. "Let's celebrate."

As Teddy collapses and Dolores is dragged away screaming, we hear the unseen narrator: "Would the things I told you change the way you think about the newcomers, Dolores?" We hear Dolores answer: "No. Of course not. We all love the newcomers. Every new person I meet reminds me how lucky I am to be alive and how beautiful this world can be." The camera zooms to Teddy's motionless eye. In a reflection we see the barn door closing behind the Man in Black and Dolores.

Westworld Mesa Hub

The time loop for Dolores and Teddy begins again. Dolores wakes in her bed. Teddy wakes on the train. Two female guests on the train are discussing Teddy, remarking on how lifelike and perfect he appears. One of the women says that perfect is boring, and that she's more interested in the bad guys.

A view of the landscape pulls back. We see the train speeding across the landscape in the distance. Then we see the landscape is on a large, circular table in a control room. People in matching blue shirts stand around the table holding tablets. The camera moves to a large hall where figures dressed in white "clean room" clothes are assembling an android horse. We continue through the hall where a woman is "exercising" a completed horse. In another area people are testing humanoid androids, some clothed, some not. There is a prostitute, a man with a bow, and a gunfighter. We learn that the unseen narrator is Bernard Lowe. He is sitting with Elsie as they observe a naked Clementine seated on a stool.
Clementine the host

While in Analysis Mode it's discovered that Clementine has learned a new gesture.

Bernard asks Elsie if she notices that one of Clementine's gestures is subtly different. "Her finger. That's not standard," Elsie says. Bernard tells Elsie that a new class of gestures has been added to "the update" by Dr. Robert Ford. The Hosts' experiences are always purged from memory at the end of every loop, but are not overwritten. The new gestures have been altered to refer to those previous experiences, tied to specific memories. Bernard says that Dr. Ford calls the new gestures "Reveries". Dr. Ford found a way to allow the "reveries" to access this unconscious memory, "like a subconscious." He says that it's the tiny things that make the Hosts so real, and make the guests fall in love with them. Bernard receives a call on his tablet. He leaves to answer. Elsie looks closely at Clementine. She pushes her hair gently back over an ear, then leans forward and kisses her. Clementine doesn't respond and Elsie sits back down, amused at herself for kissing an android.

Bernard walks down a hallway to the control room where he meets Theresa Cullen and Ashley Stubbs. Theresa says that there's unscheduled android activity on sub-level 83. She tells Stubbs to send a response team with full armor. Stubbs says he'll take care of it himself. Bernard elects to go as well. Bernard reminds them that the hosts can't hurt them by design. Stubbs says the hosts are like kids, "they all rebel eventually." Stubbs is worried and Theresa says it's because of the recent update and the possibility of a critical failure. Bernard doesn't believe there's any likelihood of that happening. He says there hasn't been a critical failure in over 30 years. Theresa is not impressed.

Stubbs, his armed team, and Bernard go down to the sub-level in a large elevator. As the door opens a large volume of water floods in. Stubbs says it's a weeks old coolant failure. "Gonna smell fantastic," Stubbs says. They go into a large badly lit area and then into a hall full of quietly standing androids.

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Stubbs and Bernard enter a sub-level room of decommissioned, old androids/hosts.

At the back of the hall is an office with a large glass window. In the office Dr. Robert Ford is sitting and drinking with one of the earliest androids, a depiction of Wild Bill. The android's movements are slightly jerky and unnatural, it's words somewhat halting but it's clear that Ford feels some sort of affection toward it. Bill drinks whiskey. They talk about how people don't make anything like they used to, and about the showdowns Bill has seen in his time. Ford tells Bill to drink to "deep and dreamless slumber." It is a command phrase. Bill freezes, his glass partway to his mouth. Ford then turns and talks to Bernard about the old style hosts and their limitations. Bill was the second host they built. Bernard mentions Clementine’s new gesture and compliments Ford on the reveries. "They are beautiful," Bernard says. Ford tells Bill to put himself away. Bill walks to a shelf and climbs up. He puts himself inside a large plastic body bag and zips himself up for safekeeping.

Dolores Abernathy

Peter Abernathy

Every day Dolores tells her father Peter good morning on the porch.

Dolores walks down the stairs and heads to the front porch. She asks her father if he slept well. She informs her father she is going to run some errands before heading off to paint. He reminds her to return before dark because the bandit who gunned down the marshal is still up in the hills. They tease each other, talking about his stories of when he was "a lawman", showing how close she is to her father. "I am what I am because of you, and I wouldn't have it any other way," he says. She then promises to be home before dark.

Teddy Flood

Guests go bounty hunting

Guests go on a bounty hunt for Hector Escaton.

In town, Teddy gets off the train. He walks into the same tall cowboy. Teddy continues into town. He passes Sheriff Pickett, who again asks Teddy to join the posse. But two newcomers stop, Craig and Lori. Craig is excited about the idea. He coaxes his wife Lori to join in on the fun.

Teddy is at the Sweetwater Station. The earlier conversation with Clementine repeats with minor variations. "Not much of a rind on you," she says. Again, he declines her offer. He'd rather earn a woman's affections than pay for it. Maeve is standing off to the side speaking mandarin with three guests. Teddy sees Dolores through the window. Again, he walks out of the bar onto the street and heads toward Dolores.

As Teddy is crossing the street to reach Dolores, he's intercepted by another guest, Clarence, who remembers him from a previous visit, when Teddy showed him around.

Man in Black

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The Man in Black greets Dolores.

This time it's the Man in Black who retrieves and returns the can of condensed milk. She doesn't remember him and isn't alarmed in any way. He's charming and gives her the can back. "Sweet," he says. "But not as sweet as you." He tells her that he has other plans that evening and won’t be stopping by her home. She is puzzled. He tips his hat and walks away.

The Man in Black goes into the Mariposa Saloon. Clementine approaches him. "You're new," she says. "Not much of a . . . ." He lifts a hand to interrupt her. She stops. Then he sits at a poker game. The dealer, Kissy, tells the players to place their bets. The Man in Black smiles.

Bounty hunting with Sheriff Pickett

The couple, Craig and Lori, who joined the posse are on horseback. Craig is having a great time. Lori is not. She swats at flies buzzing around her head. While riding, they come across a body on the trail. Sheriff Pickett and Craig dismount to look at the body. "It looks like Hector has been this way," the Sheriff says. The a fly lands on the Sheriff's cheek and he begins to malfunction, repeating himself and mimicking a human stroke. Lori is frightened. Not knowing what to do, Lori insists they go back at once, so they leave the sheriff standing there, immobile now.
Sherriff Host

Sheriff Pickett malfunctioned while on the bounty hunt with guests.

The malfunctioned Sheriff Pickett is back at the Westworld labs and is being analyzed. The top of his skull has been removed. Lee Sizemore is berating Bernard and demanding to know what happened. The Host’s behavior is very unusual. Failures don't normally occur this way. Bernard says he hasn't finished his diagnostics. Theresa presses Bernard about the failure. She asks if the update is the likely cause. Bernard is noncommittal, but doesn't rule out the update. She asks how many hosts have been updated. He says about 10% of the population. Theresa says they should recall the updated hosts and rollback the update. Sizemore complains that pulling that number of hosts, about 200, will wreak havoc with his narratives. Theresa is unimpressed. She tells him that guests interrupt "your precious story lines" all the time. "Whey they want to," Sizemore responds, emphasizing the word "they". "We sell complete immersion in 100 interconnected narratives," he continues. He tells her that if they pull one character the overall story adjusts. But if they pull 200 at once it will be a disaster.

Bernard

she tells him that he cannot record it and brings him back to the safety issue of it: 1,400 guests and a possible problem with aberrant behavior from the hosts. He reassures her, and she relents, agreeing to the diagnostic being run before any action is taken. She leaves instructions and implied threats in her wake as she leaves.

Later, Lee Sizemore ambushes Theresa Cullen at Mesa Gold when she's trying to relax at the end of the day. He tries to apologize for being rude earlier that day, and tries to justify his behavior. Theresa doesn't accept his apology. He says that the work to make hosts more lifelike is inappropriate - that the hosts are too lifelike already. Lee hints that there is something bigger and more important that the board of directors is interested in, other than the usual park operations. He continues to spout off before she corrects his grammar and won’t listen to him further. She also puts down his clumsy attempt at office politics before walking away.

Also inside, Maeve is leaving early, as is Kissy, the croupier who was playing cards with the Man in Black. The manager frisks him before he leaves. When Kissy gets outside the Man in Black stabs him in the throat and drags him away.

Dolores is painting by the river when a family walks up. They watch her and the horses while she is painting. She shows the little boy how to feed her horse. Out of the blue he questions if she's "one of them". Dolores does not reply and says she needs to go, as should they.

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A young guest asks Dolores if she is "one of them".

Back at the Abernathy Ranch, Dolores’ father watches some men herding cattle into an enclosure. It is then he notices something strange, a modern photograph on the ground. He picks it up, looking at it carefully. When Dolores returns home her father shows her the photo, yet unlike Peter, she is not bothered by it - Peter becomes more fixated on the image, unable to understand how it fits into their world.

As always with her loop, Dolores wakes again in the morning. Her father is still sitting on the porch, having grown increasingly disturbed by the photograph. Frightened for her father, Dolores yells out for her mother - Peter tells her to leave, to go, that all the devils of hell are there. Scared her father is sick, she quickly rides to town looking for the doctor. Teddy is in town and sees her. As he nears, it is obvious she is happy to see him. She requests he returns home with her to check on her father.


Dolores dragged by man in black

After Teddy is killed, Dolores is dragged to the barn by the Man in Black

Peter Abernathy

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After remaining perplexed by a modern day photograph, Dolores' father begins acting strange.

Bernard tells Theresa that one of the hosts, Peter Abernathy has become a problem. He takes her to see the Host for herself. Stubbs and Elsie bring a naked and distressed Dolores back online. Stubbs "calms" her by turning off her display of emotions. She says that she's not feeling quite herself. She thinks she's in a dream. Stubbs is the unseen man, not Bernard, she is terrified as we see him ask her more questions. He asks about her father and about the picture. The answers she gives satisfy him that she's not damaged like her Host father was.
Peter The Original

Because of his odd behavior, Peter is taken out of commission and replaced with another Host.

Theresa wants the problem host "put down", and Dr. Ford wants to find out what went wrong. Dr. Ford sits with the Peter Host to examine him. The Host quotes Shakespeare, having learned it in a previous "role". Dr. Ford takes him back to a "save point", making Peter calm and Ford begins to ask him more questions. Peter runs into a bit of trouble, as his concern for Dolores breaks through and distresses him. This causes Peter to go back to his current build prompts where he once again starts to quote Shakespeare. He admits to Dr. Ford that he wants to meet his maker. Peter somehow appears to threaten Ford. He takes hold of Dr. Ford but is quickly restrained and disabled at once. Ford explains some of the behavior. The Reveries are allowing Peter to access his old memories.

In another area, Stubbs asks Dolores what her father whispered to her and she tells him, "These violent delights have violent ends", a quote from Romeo and Juliet. She says she doesn't know what it means. She says that she's never lied and would never hurt a living thing. Stubbs is satisfied with her responses.

Peter undergoes an unknown procedure that looks very much like a lobotomy. Peter and Walter are taken to Cold Storage by Bernard to be retired indefinitely. Bernard whispers something into Peter's ear, and Peter takes his place in the hall of silent hosts.

Teddy Flood

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Guests arriving by train to Sweetwater the same time as Teddy.

The train stops at the Sweetwater station and the passengers unload. He walks past a couple who are visiting for the first time and are looking at Sweetwater in wonderment. Teddy walks through town, he passes the Sheriff who is briefing a group of men about searching for a criminal called Hector Escaton. The sheriff asks Teddy to join them but he declines, saying "not today" and politely tips his hat before walking on. Instead, Teddy makes his way into the Mariposa Saloon. In the bar, he orders a drink and turns down an offer of company from Clementine. He says he’d prefer not to pay for a woman's affections. Another woman, madam Maeve Millay, is listening and says that he has to pay in one way or another, whatever he does. He's not listening however, as he’s transfixed on Dolores Abernathy through the saloon window, coming out of a store. Teddy leaves the bar without speaking to anyone, and rushes across the street to see her.

The questions and answers continue in voice over: "Do you ever feel inconsistencies in your world? Or repetitions?"

"All lives have routine, mine's no different." she says.

Teddy crosses the street and picks up a can Dolores has dropped and gives it back to her. It is soon obvious that they know each other, as she is pleased he's come back. He asks to escort her home, and she challenges him with a smile, saying yes - if he can keep up. She gets on her horse and rides away, leaving him to quickly find a horse and catch up.

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Teddy see's Dolores from the saloon window and leaves to approach her.

We see him catch up to her outside town on a trail. She's not too much in a rush and they stop to admire the vista of Westworld. She teases him for not knowing about cattle, and teaches him about the Judas Steer. She also reminds him that her father won't be pleased to see him. It is then the events of the night with the Man in Black transpire.

Teddy wakes on the train, he too on the same loop. There are two female guests who are discussing him, remarking on how lifelike and perfect he appears. One of the women says that perfect is boring, and that she's more interested in the bad guys.

A view of the landscape pulls back and we see that we're looking at a circular display in a control room.

In town, Teddy gets off the train and makes it past Sheriff Pickett, who's picked a newcomer who quite likes the idea of a posse and coaxes his wife to join in on the fun.

Bernard is still working on the Host sheriff when Elsie tells him there's a problem with yet another host.

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Bernard delicately tells Dr. Ford about the Host's glitches and mistakes in the upgrade.

Walter has shot up the saloon, killing hosts left and right, and has gone totally off his narrative. Two guests are cowering in the bar as Walter strides around. He goes outside and pours milk all over a dead host. Staff arrive and the scene freezes. Bernard and Elsie discuss what's happened, Theresa appears and points out that the sheriff’s malfunctioning wasn't an isolated incident, and wants the update rolled back. When Bernard points out that it will damage a lot of narrative, she tells him that Sizemore has a contingency plan. She says that Bernard gets the job of telling Dr. Robert Ford about the problem - as he was the one who caused it. Bernard hasn't told her, or anyone, that the part of the update likely to have caused the problem was Ford's unofficial addition.

Bernard finds Ford watching a new android being created. Ford isn't angry after Bernard confronts him, but teases Bernard about not having found the problem. He realizes the mistake was his, and that Bernard doesn't want to say so. They talk about evolution and how it depends upon mistakes, Ford thinks that the evolution of humans has ceased, that no more improvement will occur.
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Kissy is scalped by the Man in Black to retrieve The Maze.

In the desert, the Man in Black has bled Kissy almost dry, saving his blood in metal buckets. He taunts the terrified host, eventually scalping him as he tries in vain to escape. The Man in Black is trying to discover the deeper levels of Westworld, what he sees as the secret.

We see Kissy’s scalp taken by the Man in Black, and underneath there is a map imprinted within it, a maze. The Man in Black rides back into town, leaving Kissy to die.

Hector and his gang attack Sweetwater

Hector and his gang, including Armistice, ride slowly through Sweetwater wearing blankets over their heads to cover their identity. They are robbing the town a week early to cope with the narrative disruption.

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Hector and his gang arrives in Sweetwater to steal the safe from the saloon.

The shooting begins outside and the guests are delighted to see such live action as Hector is ruthless, heading inside the saloon to retrieve the safe. The safe is tied up and dragged out of the brothel. Hector and Armistice kill everyone they can. Teddy and Dolores hide outside. Maeve is unimpressed and remains calm and cool during it all. Dolores makes a run for it and Teddy gets himself injured trying to stop her and save her. Sizemore looks pleased with himself as he watches from headquarters, knowing Hector will give the speech he had programmed him with.

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The guest ends up killing Hector outside of the saloon before he can say his 'speech'.

The gang makes good on their escape with the safe. Maeve shoots one of them to rescue Clementine. Hector starts his new speech just outside the saloon entrance, when he is shot in the neck by a guest. It is Craig, the very guest that had been on the bounty hunt for Hector when Sheriff Pickett malfunctioned. Theresa is very amused that Sizemore's new speech wasn't used and teases that maybe he'd get to recite it next time.

Outside in the chaos Dolores is distraught, not knowing how to look after Teddy as he dies. The guest Craig meanwhile, has his picture taken with Hector's propped up corpse. It’s then Elsie appears in full period-time costume and comes upon Dolores and Teddy. Dolores pleads with her to help and Elsie gently tells her to sleep, calling staff members to pick up both of the Hosts.

Dolores Abernathy

We see Dolores in Analysis Mode. Stubbs explains to the Behaviour Technician with him that she is the oldest host in the park. He asks Dolores what she thinks of this world. Dolores smiles and replies from her script: "This world? Some people choose to see the ugliness in this world, the disarray. I choose to see the beauty, to believe that there is an order to our days. A purpose. I know things will work out the way they were meant to."

We see Dolores waking again. She goes out to the porch to see her father, and a different host is playing his part; Dolores does not notice.

On her porch, Dolores talks with her father about her plans for the day, looks out at the view and kills a fly that lands on her neck.

Cast

Main Cast

Guest Cast

Co-Stars

Trivia and Notes

The title

Episode Names, Main Article

  • "The Original" may refer to Dolores Abernathy; she is the oldest host in the park and could be said to be the 'original' host.
  • It may be a reference to the 1976 film Futureworld. In this sequel to the first film, Westworld (1973), Delos have reopened the park. They collect DNA from the (rich and powerful) guests, and grow clones which return home instead of the guests themselves. The Guests themselves are referred to as "The Originals".

General

  • Westworld is HBO's biggest premiere since True Detective, with an audience of 3.3 million people.
  • This episode was dedicated In loving memory of Eddie Rouse (1954-2014) who played Kissy and who died after filming the first episode.
  • The fly on Dolores's face is real. A "Fly Wrangler", put a very cold fly - too cold to fly away - on the actor's forehead and let it wander around as it warmed up. However, the fly that enters her eyes is CGI special effects[1]
  • Flies could be representative of computer programming "bugs".
  • It's mentioned that Dr. Robert Ford was involved in the very early stages of the theme park's development.
  • During the scene where Walter is going on a rampage with hosts in the saloon, he mentioned a man called Arnold.
  • Walter can sometimes be part of the "High Sierra" narrative.
  • The Man in Black mentions he believes there's a deeper level to the "game".
  • The Peter Abernathy host used to be a part of a narrative called "The Dinner Party" and portrayed a cultist turned cannibal who used to quote Shakespeare, John Donne and Gertrude Stein.
  • There are some similarities between The Tempest and Westworld themes.

Mistakes

  • Oops - The Winchester shotgun wielded by Armistice. In a continuity error, the shotgun turns into a Winchester rifle in subsequent shots.

Quotes

Dolores Abernathy to Ashley Stubbs: All lives have routine. Mine's no different. Still, I never cease to wonder at the thought that any day the course of my whole life could change with just one chance encounter.


Bernard Lowe to Theresa Cullen, on the hosts: It's the tiny things that make them seem real, that make the guests fall in love with them.
Dr. Robert Ford to Bernard, on the success of their work: ..."Mistakes" is the word you're too embarrassed to use. You ought not to be.

You're a product of a trillion of them. Evolution forged the entirety of sentient life on this planet using only one tool The mistake...of course, we've managed to slip evolution's leash now, haven't we? We can cure any disease, keep even the weakest of us alive, and, you know, one fine day perhaps we shall even resurrect the dead. Call forth Lazarus from his cave. Do you know what that means? It means that we're done. That this is as good as we're going to get.


Peter to Dolores, whispering: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends
Stubbs to Bernard, on Hosts: You don't have kids at home, do you Bernard? If you did, you'd know they all rebel eventually.
Dolores to Teddy, on the "Judas Steer": The rest will follow wherever you make him go.
Dr. Robert Ford to Bernard, on human evolution: This is as good as we're going to get.

Music

Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones)[2]

Ain't No Grave (Johnny Cash)[2]

Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden)[2]

Sweatwater (Ramin Dwajadi)

This World (Ramin Dwajadi)

Image Gallery/HBO Episode Stills

Gallery

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References

  1. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/herocomplex/la-et-hc-evan-rachel-wood-westworld-20161003-snap-story
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 https://mic.com/articles/157617/westworld-soundtrack-here-s-every-song-from-the-show-broken-down-by-episode#.sugTQWtdI
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