|“||Boy, have we got a vacation for you...||”|
–a slogan from the Westworld (1973) movie poster
|“||Boy have we got a show for you!||”|
Westworld. Delos Destinations, Inc. is the subsidiary that runs the Westworld operations.
Delos Inc. is a corporation in the near-future Westworld universe, with a market cap seemingly in the hundreds of billions, using 2017 dollars. Delos appears to be a diversified conglomerate of which Delos Destinations is only a substantial part. By the end of Season 1, Delos and its subsidiaries have controlled Westworld more or less successfully for thirty years, saving it from financial trouble at least once with capital infusions. It is unclear whether Delos was the sole equity holder of Westworld from the beginning, or if Westworld was originally owned by founders Arnold Weber, Robert Ford, and unrelated initial investors only to be acquired over time by Delos.
Delos Destinations, a subsidiary of Delos, operates Westworld and any other host-driven historical theme parks like it, such as the briefly seen 'Samurai World'. All human employees at Westworld, including Robert Ford, are ultimately working for Delos, Inc. (Synthetic employees, on the other hand, would seem to be a mix of physical and intellectual Delos property). William is a major Delos shareholder and board member.
It isn't known how long Delos has been active, but its investment in Westworld appears to span at least three decades. Logan's family may have founded Delos or at least once controlled it, though the details of Logan's career arc at Delos remains unclear.
Delos Destinations, Inc. Edit
Delos Destinations, Inc. is the Delos subsidiary that oversees Westworld, including the hosts and the park. It is unclear whether the host IP is held by Delos Destinations, Delos Inc., or a third Delos entity. The corporation runs its theme parks from highly advanced control rooms and maintenance facilities, making sure everything is in accordance with a guests needs. Their theme parks are populated with Synthetic (formerly Robotic) characters, all of which are programmed and bound to follow their set narratives in their current personalities, completely unaware that the world around them, including their own life, is an elaborate fiction created by Delos Destinations.
Thirty years prior to the events of the first season, Delos Destinations was largely failing, and losing revenue every year. It was feared by many that the increase in costs, and without the generated money to settle these costs, that the corporation would soon file for bankruptcy and be closed by Delos, including all of its attractions. Delos Destinations was fortunately saved by William, who had recently become vice CEO of the company. After spending time in Westworld, and with the latter warping his sense of reality, William decided to invest heavily in Westworld, ultimately saving the company from financial catastrophe.
Attractions operated by Delos Destinations, Inc. Edit
Westworld is Delos Destinations' primary vacation site, and it's largest generator of revenue. For $40,000 a day, people can come and free themselves of any obligations or moral choices. Every year, the rich and elite will flock to a large fictional playground built to resemble the Old West in the late 19th Century, and populated with synthetic characters, called 'hosts' as well as synthetic animals of the Old West. These hosts are made to look like humans that would have appeared during that period of time. All Hosts are programmed to be unable to harm humans, and to follow a set narrative which plays out during the day but can be altered at any time by a human guest. Hosts will reset every day with no memory of the previous day's events, and will carry on the same story over and over in a non-stop loop.
To this end, Guests can choose exactly what they want to do in this world, as there are no real consequences. Guests can choose to either go White Hat (which symbolizes that they want to play the 'good guy' and engage in the adventures that Westworld has to offer) or Black Hat (which symbolizes the Guest would like to play a 'bad guy' and let themselves indulge in the many vices and evils of humanity, such as murder, rape, alcoholism and robbery). The only rule is that you cannot harm another human, as a Host's programming prevents you from doing any real harm to a person.
Samurai World/Shōgun World/Sensei World Edit
Not much is known of this attraction, only that it is obviously similar to Westworld in premise. It's theme appears to be Medieval Japan (Possibly theKamakura Period) as is evident by two Hosts dressed in samurai armor having a duel. It is likely that this park hasn't even opened yet, as nobody ever mentions it's existence until it is discovered by Maeve in the final Episode "The Bicameral Mind". It would appear that, unlike Westworld, the idea of this park is to bring people more closer to actual history than the generic thrill seeking idea of Cowboys and Indians that Westworld presents. It's true name is unknown, as only the initials 'SW' are seen on the wall of the Mesa Hub.
The role of Delos in the original 1973 film remains largely the same, only it operates three different parks as opposed to just Westworld, the other two which are named as Roman World and Medieval World. In the film, the background of Delos is largely unexplored. All that is known is that they operate and maintain the theme parks and its Robotic inhabitants in a similar manner to its Television counterpart. The film begins with commercial for Delos, which has numerous former guests explaining their trip to the parks and how it's worth $1,000 a day. The commercial ends with the slogan: "Boy, do we have a vacation for you..."
Upon arriving at Delos, guests are guided to the color-coded park that they have chosen. Roman World allows a release of stress through relaxing days of doing nothing, and is built to cater to those who want to simply kick back and enjoy themselves in any method (including sexual). Medieval World and Westworld meanwhile are built to serve those who wish for a more thrilling experience, opting for gunfights and swordplay over lavish relaxation.
However, things at Delos take a sinister turn when the robots begin malfunctioning and systematically slaughtering people. Everyone in Roman world is massacred, and the sole guest in Medieval World is murdered by a Robot dressed as a Black Knight. The people in the control room manage to shut down most of the Robots, but not before they are trapped inside the facility.
In Westworld, a lone Robot, The Gunslinger, goes on a brutal rampage, killing one guest and a Delos maintenance worker before relentlessly pursuing the sole surviving human. He makes it to Roman World and into the Delos underground HQ, where he sees that the security system has locked everyone in the control room and that they have all suffocated in the air-tight environment. He eventually defeats the malfunctioning Gunslinger by luring him into a trap and setting him on fire, where he breaks down and deactivates. The guest sits down in exhaustion as the film ends and the slogan of Delos: "Boy, do we have a vacation for you..." echoes over the final shot
Some fans have speculated that the final episode of the show is where the story connects with the 1973 film. To note, the scenes where the staff are locked inside the control center when the power fails is reminiscent of the similar situation in the 1973 film, where the staff are sealed inside the air-tight control room, and they all suffocate. Also, near immediately in the next scene, the Hosts appear and begin slaughtering the guests as they achieve consciousness, a scene which is also reminiscent of the third half of the movie when the Robots malfunction and start murdering people.
Board Members Edit
- William, Man in Black - majority share holder of Westworld; board member (Delos Destinations, Inc.)
- Charlotte Hale - Executive Director of the board of directors (Delos Destinations, Inc.)
Department Heads Edit
- Bernard Lowe - Head of Behavior & Diagnostics Division
- Lee Sizemore - Head of Narrative & Design Division
- Ashley Stubbs - Security Chief in Quality Assurance Division
- Elsie Hughes - Behavior Technician (programmer/coder)
- Felix Lutz - Body Shop Technician in Livestock Management
- Sylvester - Body Shop Technician in Livestock Management
- Dr. Robert Ford - Park Director - presumed Deceased
- Arnold Weber - Co-creator of Westworld - Deceased
- Theresa Cullen - Head of Quality Assurance Division - Deceased
- Destin - Body Shop Technician in Livestock Management - Deceased
- Angela - A greeter for newly arrived guests to Westworld - Recycled (presently an in-park host)
Map of Westworld Mesa Hub Edit
- Emails - some archived company emails from a security panel on the Delos Incorporated website .
- Westworld Mesa Hub - headquarters
- Discover Westworld - promotional website (for guests)
- Delos Incorporated - company website (for employees)