The scale of season 2 is just nuts, literally right out of the gate. It’s so much more expansive, it makes the first season look like a genteel kitchen drama.

Jeffrey Wright

Bernard Lowe is a main character in HBO's Westworld. He is the head of Delos' Westworld Programming Division. He is played by Jeffrey Wright.

Bernard works as a member of the Westworld staff. Dr. Robert Ford created Bernard as a replica of his former partner, Arnold.

Ford tells Bernard, in the episode "Trace Decay", that he created Bernard because Ford's human staff were not up to the task of programming emotions in hosts as effectively as Ford and Arnold.



Some years after Arnold died, Bernard was created by Dr. Robert Ford. Ford programmed Bernard to think of himself as a human. Bernard worked as a member of staff collaborating closely with Dr Robert Ford.[1]



Bernard has human-like emotions. Until instructed to turn 'off' his emotions, he was distraught about being forced to murder his co-worker and lover, Theresa Cullen. He was also horrified about being used to presumably murder his co-worker, Elsie Hughes.


Robert Ford

Before it was revealed that Bernard was a recreation of Arnold, Bernard and Robert had a good relationship. Bernard respected Robert to the extent that he would 'cover up' for him in relation to the reveries. Once it was revealed that Robert had created him, their relationship, understandably, deteriorated.

Elsie Hughes

Bernard worked closely with Elsie, and it appears that they have a good working relationship, if not a good friendship outside of work. Bernard appeared genuinely distraught when the memories of what he believed was her murder resurfaced and that he was the one responsible. He was ultimately relieved when he found out he had merely captured her, although Elsie had some trouble trusting him after learning he was a host and thus had been susceptible to Ford's commands.


Bernard appears to have a good relationship with his ex-wife, Lauren, who is the mother of his deceased son, Charlie. Whether it is Bernard or Arnold (or both of them) who has had conversations with Lauren via the communications room at the Mesa Hub is unclear.

In the episode "Trace Decay", Robert Ford told Bernard that Lauren and his son Charlie were just part of Bernard's backstory, and didn't actually exist.

Theresa Cullen

Bernard was in a clandestine relationship with Theresa Cullen shortly before he murdered her. He loved her, and was greatly distressed when he realized he had been used to kill her.


Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?

–Bernard Lowe in "The Original"


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Use as a Weapon

  • The host, Bernard, killed Theresa Cullen after Dr. Robert Ford gave him a voice command to do so (in the episode Trompe L'Oeil). Bernard was aware of his actions, but was unable to disobey Ford's instruction.
  • Bernard was commanded to attack and kidnap Elsie Hughes as well to avoid her revealing Ford's plans for his new narrative, although he was initially led to believe he had killed her.


  1. The Original