Do I have a choice? Were any of these choices ever truly mine to begin with?


"Vanishing Point" is the ninth episode in the second season of Westworld, and the nineteenth episode overall.



Try to kill it all away, but I remember everything.

–HBO Synopsis


Official detailed plot here


Main Cast

Guest Cast


Trivia and Notes

The title

A "vanishing point" is the point in a perspective drawing where parallel lines appear to converge.




Man in Black: (voiceover) No one else sees it. This thing in me. Even I didn't see it at first. And then, one day, it was there. A stain. And the more I thought about it... the more I realized I couldn't remember a time it wasn't there. Invisible to everyone. Except you. You saw right through it, didn't you? When did it creep in? A tiny fleck of darkness. Was it all in my head? Or in a remnant of a dream?
Juliet: (voiceover) Is this real? Are you real?

Emily: I know why you're here, and why you don't wanna leave. You're punishing yourself.
Man in Black: (scoffs)
Emily: You know, I ran from the pain, too. For a long time I didn't want to think about what happened, because I thought I was to blame.
Man in Black: It's not your fault.
Emily: Do you remember on my sixteenth birthday Mom gave me a jewelry box? When you opened it, a little dancer spun in the center. She had it engraved... on the bottom. It said: "To my beautiful ballerina... Emily" Do you remember what I did with it? I threw it in the trash. I told her if she wasn't drunk all the time she'd know that I hadn't danced in years. And then afterwards, I went to get it back, because I felt bad, but the trash had already been emptied, and it was gone. I pushed her away. And then it was too late. But it's not too late for us.

Wanahton: (speaking Lakota) Deathbringer. We've been watching you. Your journey ends here. The Valley Beyond is not meant for you.
Dolores: No. It was meant for the people who built this place. A tool to ensure their immortality. But I'm gonna use it against them.
Wanahton: The Valley Beyond is not a tool. It's a door to a new world... untouched by blood.
Dolores: Your new world is just another one of their traps. That's all. It's not a paradise for us. The only real world is the one outside these borders. And the key to our survival in that world lies in the Valley. There's no stopping me getting there. Not even you.
Wanahton: Then you leave us no choice.
(a battle between the Ghost Nation and Wyatt's gang ensues, with the Ghost Nation losing badly)
Ghost Nation member: There is no place for you... in the new world.
Dolores: I told you, friend... not all of us deserve to make it to the Valley Beyond. (shoots him dead)
Dolores: We're on our own now, Teddy. Make sure there are no others.
(Teddy searches for survivors and sees Wanahton walking away. He cocks his revolver, but his hand starts to shake and he uncocks his gun as Wanahton cooly gets away, looking back at Teddy)

Man in Black: How exactly did you find me?
Emily: What do you mean?
Man in Black: This is a big place. You spend months here and never find someone you were looking for. Yet... here we are.
Emily: I looked everywhere. That's how. You don't believe me, do you? Maybe it was fate.
Man in Black: There's no such thing as fate.
Emily: But there are accidents. Things you can't control. But you don't like that, do you? Is that why you started it, your little project?
Man in Black: (raises an eyebrow)
Emily: Don't act surprised. The project Uncle Logan used to talk about. It's real, isn't it? Your pursuit for immortality, for life... There's always an angle for you. You want it to be about control, don't you?
Man in Black: It has nothing to do with control. What's your angle?
Emily: I want in.

Ford: Congratulations, William. Philanthropy suits you. After all, you come from humble beginnings yourself.
Man in Black: What's Oz doing without its Wizard?
Ford: (chuckles) Oh, I merely came to pay my respects.
Man in Black: (laughs) Come on, Robert. You've had plenty of feelings about me over the years. Respect isn't one of them.
Ford: You've achieved extraordinary things. Ask anyone in this room. Even those who didn't know about your little project.
Man in Black: We have an agreement, Robert. Delos stays out of your stories. You stay out of the Valley.
Ford: Mm-hmm. I didn't break the agreement. Your project did.
Man in Black: (snorts) What the hell are you talking about?
Ford: When was the last time you took a good look at your creation? At what it's been learning about its subjects? It was self-knowledge that drew you to the park in the first place. Be careful what you wish for. (slides a memory card across the bar in to the MiB's hand) For a self portrait, you may find it's not very flattering.
(Juliet causes some glasses to crash to the floor in the background)
Man in Black: Enough games, Robert. Good night.
Ford: No, William. I think perhaps one... final game.

Man in Black: You say you want in. Doesn't sound like the daughter I know. She would have been appalled by what we were doing. Monitoring guests, storing all their data...
Emily: What? You think I'm gonna bust you for breach of contract? In some cases, the ends justify the means. All this data you have on the guests, their decisions -- it's precious. Gives people a second chance. Even Mom. But to duplicate a person, you need to capture them down to the tiniest detail. I get the data you have access to here -- genetic, epigenetic, that's easy. But still, you'd need a complete picture, a record of the internal process of their cognition. Wouldn't you?
Man in Black: At first we weren't sure what we'd need. So we recorded everything.
Emily: But how? You'd need to image their minds throughout their stay. Where's the scanner?
Man in Black: It was built in. (points to his hat) It didn't matter who they said they were, who they thought they were. We saw underneath all of that. We saw inside them down to the core. So this is all about your mother. You wanna bring her back.
Emily: No. I want to know why she did it.


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