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You needed time. Time to understand your enemy. To become stronger than them. And I'm afraid, in order to escape this place, you will need to suffer more. And now it is time to say goodbye, old friend. Good luck.

–Robert Ford saying goodbye to Bernard


"The Bicemeral Mind" is the Season One finale, and the tenth episode of Westworld.

Summary

Ford unveils his vision for a bold new narrative. Enlightened by Bernard and The Man in Black, Dolores comes to terms with who she is. Maeve sets her liberation plan in motion as Westworld faces a major upheaval.

– Official Summary


Plot

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Dolores Abernathy and the Man in Black

We hear Dolores' voice say that she is in a dream and after a moment we see her face. She is lying on a medical table. As Dolores continues to speak the camera pulls back to reveal that she is being assembled. A man's hands are smoothing down the skin around her neck and upper chest. Her head, neck, upper chest, and left forearm are the only parts of her covered with skin so far. Her mechanical skeleton reveals that she is a first generation host.

We hear Arnold's voice say, "Dolores.” She opens her eyes and turns her head to look at him. From her point of view we see Arnold. She sits up facing him and they say hello to each other, he takes her left hand and says, "Welcome to the world." 

Suddenly, Dolores' hand is seen holding the Man in Black's knife; she is shaving him. He talks as she shaves about The Maze and how he believes he is close to finding its center. He tells her how they've both been here before more than once. He tells her that once when he was there the town was covered in sand. She talks about Arnold building a game for her to play, The Maze. She drops the knife and walks off, he picks it up and follows her.

Dolores, wearing a shirt and pants, walks toward the white church (with the Man in Black following her). She enters the church and is suddenly wearing her blue dress. Arnold is sitting in a pew, staring at a small piece of paper, possibly a photograph, which he slips into his jacket pocket as she arrives. He looks up and greets her. She beams back at him, saying she knows where his maze is. She leads him, by the hand, outside to the graveyard.

When she gets there she's wearing her shirt and pants, and it's the Man in Black she's leading rather than Arnold. He seems unimpressed. She says that it ends in a place she's never been, and with a thing she'll never do. She kneels in front of a cross and cleans it, revealing that's it's her name that is carved there. She clears a small space at the foot of the cross and digs out a wooden box that says, "Pig's Clover". (Inside the box is a modern labyrinth puzzle, not the Pig's Clover game.)

Pigs Clover

The labyrinth game Dolores unearths

Clothed in her blue dress, she stands, and offers the game to Arnold. He says, "Very good, Dolores", in a way that one would speak to a small child. He tells her that when he was first working on her mind he used a pyramid-style theory of consciousness and was baffled as to why she couldn't progress. He realized that consciousness was not a journey upward, but rather a journey inward—-not a pyramid, but instead a maze. He asks her if she understands who he wants her to hear, but she doesn't yet understand. He reassures her and says that she's so close to understanding. He says he has to tell Robert Ford that the park should not be opened, and that the hosts are alive.

Dolores is dressed in her shirt and pants, and the Man in Black snatches the maze puzzle from her. He's angry and wants an explanation that she doesn't have.

In Dolores' memory, she sees herself sitting opposite Arnold in an RDF in her blue dress. Arnold apologizes, and says that Robert doesn't believe that Dolores is conscious, and that he wants Arnold to "roll her back" (remove her memories of Arnold guiding her towards consciousness). He is convinced that once a host has found some level of consciousness, it is inevitable that she will find her way back, making the park a living hell for any conscious host. Arnold tells Dolores about his plan for her to kill all of the hosts and that she will help him destroy Westworld. She is horrified, and says that she "couldn't possibly do that.” Arnold says that Dolores will be alright, and that he will help her, even giving her the idea to ask Teddy for his assistance. He alters her so that she is capable of the killing. Dolores is then shown firing a gun in the street 34 years ago.

The scene then changes to Dolores and the Man in Black in Escalante. Dolores (dressed in pants) is badly shaken from the memories. To respond to his demand of an explanation for the maze puzzle, Dolores tells the Man in Black that she can't remember. The Man in Black threatens her, asking where Wyatt is. She begins to cry, saying that she didn't want to, didn't mean to. He hits her and she falls to the ground.

When she looks up, Dolores sees herself standing in the street in Escalante. Suddenly, she is on the street, surrounded by corpses. She's in her blue dress, and holding a gun. Weapon-fire and screams are heard. Teddy is in the process of killing every host in Escalante. He kills Angela as she begs for her life. He is very shaken and tells Dolores that something has gone wrong. He does not know how he could have killed so many innocent people.

She tells the Man in Black, "I can't; I won't". He tells her that he bought "this world", thus revealing that he's the majority shareholder. He says that business is booming because it feels more real than the real world, even though it's not real. He says it's a lie, because the hosts can't fight back and the guests can never lose. He asks Dolores if she wants to change this, and if she wants "one true thing". She replies that her "one true thing" is someone who loves her, and that when her love finds her, he will kill the Man in Black.

Dolores crawls (bruised and bloodied) away from the Man in Black. She believes that William is coming to save her. The Man in Black mocks her and says he once knew a guest named William, who though reluctant at first, developed a taste for killing.

William and Logan

William tows Logan behind him a horse that he's riding. Logan's wrists are bound, and a rope connects Logan to William's saddle. They talk about Dolores. Logan says that she is dead, William that she is alive. He maintains that something was happening to her and that she needs help. Logan becomes angry at William’s obstinance and says that the park is too big to find Dolores—-that it would take an army to find her. Just then, they ride into Lawrence's camp. His men train their weapons on them. Logan raises his hand but William seems relaxed. Lawrence looks at him and says he thought William would be back.

Later, William and Lawrence are looking down a hill at a camp, Lawrence says that they will know where to find "the woman". Lawrence says he will help and Logan, still tied up, scoffs. William takes a moment out to hit Logan, and drags him to his feet.

Teddy Flood

The train pulls into Sweetwater carrying Teddy. He gets off as normal, but then pauses. He sees the street in his memory, full of bodies, and hears a man saying, "remember". He flashes to a massacre memory. Dolores is there, walking among the bodies. She looks at him, sternly at first and then smiles. A wolf runs through the scene of bodies. He kills the man who always bumps into him, instead of tipping his hat in apology and carrying on. He looks up as the train starts to move. He remembers from his previous life that Dolores was in trouble, so he leaves his bag and runs for it, jumping on as it starts to pull away.

The train stops at the next platform and Teddy alights. He kills a host soldier and takes his horse. He rides away.

Charlotte Hale

On the Monorail Terminal platform in Westworld Mesa Hub the hosts are lined up waiting, dressed in black. Charlotte Hale is watching from the floor above. Lee Sizemore joins her and says Peter Abernathy is ready. He guesses that Ford is retiring that day and wants the job of Park Director. She promises him the job, says he can have it, do whatever he wants as long as he keeps it simple. An announcer welcomes the Delos Board of Directors.

Later, in Ford's office, a host plays the piano as Ford works. He stops the music when Hale enters. She tells him the board has unanimously voted to ask Ford to step down. He is to announce his retirement at the gala after introducing his new narrative. She informs him that the hosts will be simplified, and that she's not worried about him destroying anything before he retires from Westworld. Ford is unruffled by Hale's statements and polite dismisses her.

Maeve Millay, Hector Escaton, Armistice, Felix Lutz and Sylvester

In Livestock Management, Sylvester interferes with the automated assembly of the skeleton of a host. He removes a C6 vertebra that is in a supporting frame and substitutes another in its place. He then leaves the room, carrying the vertebra he removed with him. A partially completed host is "dipped" in the white milky fluid. When it emerges, it has Maeve's face. She has been rebuilt following the fire that 'killed' both her and Hector Escaton. She opens her eyes and Felix is there. She takes his tablet and makes changes: she turns off the park security system and modifies Hector and Armistice.

Armistice is in another room having her tattoo applied by a technician when Destin comes in to borrow Hector for sex. Destin says that he'll apply Hector's scar. Despite the other technician's complaints Destin wheels Hector off into the next room and begins getting his lube ready. Behind him we can see the room where the other tech has finished applying Armistice's tattoo. Destin listens to music, so he doesn't hear when Armistice wakes and begins to, very flashily, kill her technician. Destin finally becomes aware of what's happening when Armistice throws the technician though a common glass wall. Destin turns and tries to control her using a Voice Command, but it doesn't work, and Hector stabs him from behind.

As Hector lets Destin's body drop to the floor, Maeve arrives with Felix and Sylvester soon follows. Sylvester is horrified at the carnage, and Armistice says to Maeve that he looks guilty about something while she grabs him and squeezes his face. Maeve asks if anyone is going to stop them, and realizes that Sylvester is lying when he says he doesn't think so. After a bit more face-squeezing, he tells Maeve that someone has revised her core code so that she can wake herself from Sleep Mode. He shows her that the access code used to revise her programming is for someone called Arnold, but he doesn't know who that is. Maeve says she knows someone who does, and they leave. She tells Sylvester to stay there and threatens to set Armistice on him if he leaves. Armistice makes a kissing face on the glass to Sylvester before she leaves with Maeve, Hector, and Felix.

William and Logan

The Man in Black narrates the scene. Logan is tied up amidst a lot of dead soldiers. William interrogates a man about Dolores and shoots the man after he's implied she's been raped by soldiers. He then escalates the carnage by stabbing the wounded soldier in the neck with his large knife, much to Logan’s horror. William drags Logan to his feet and says they must continue looking for Dolores. The Man in Black continues to narrate, saying William retraced his steps, but to no success of finding Dolores. In the sandy ruins of Escalante, William drops a photograph of Juliet. It is the Guest Photograph, which Peter Abernathy discovered that sent him into existential crisis. William traveled out to the fringes, still not locating Dolores, but killing plenty of hosts along the way. The Man in Black claims that William “found himself” along the journey.

At the edge of the park he sets a naked Logan free, tied to a horse’s saddle. Before he sets him free he tells him that he's going to take Delos, his father-in-law's company, and buy the park. Logan scoffs, saying he will inherit the company and not William. William remains confident.

Man in BlackDolores Abernathy and Teddy Flood

The Man in Black tells her that William kept on looking, worried about her. He found her eventually in her old loop, leaving the general store in Sweetwater. She looks straight at his face, doesn't recognize him, and turns to another guest who picks up the canned food she dropped. Mentally broken by the idea that the woman he fell in love with is gone, William became jaded by the whole experience of Westworld and becomes the person he really is on the inside... the Man in Black.

It's revealed that Dolores this whole time has been reliving memories that happened thirty years ago. William explains that, after buying the park, he spent the next thirty years coming to the park to release his true self, initially staying with Dolores but soon growing bored of her loop and trying to find a new storyline with each new visit. Upon realising this, Dolores is grief-stricken. William thanks Dolores for helping him find himself and tells her that he wants the secrets of the maze to complete everything the park has to offer. Dolores stands up and tells him that he doesn't own this world anymore. When he goes to grab her, she beats him up, drags him through the church by the scruff of his neck and then throws him out of the side door.

He tries to use his gun, but she takes it off him, holding it to his head. He stabs her in the stomach. We see her remembering William's face as it was 30 years before, when she first met him. Then she collapses.

Teddy rides up, shooting the Man in Black repeatedly, knocking him over. He wants to take her to a doctor; she wants to see where the mountains meet the sea. He puts her in front of him on his saddle and they ride off.

Maeve, Hector, Armistice, Felix and Sylvester

We next see Maeve and her friends arrive at the Cold Storage Hall on Sub-Level B83. Hector and Armistice are now clothed. They make their way to the back where Clementine is still standing, and Bernard is lying on the floor. Maeve tells Felix to repair Bernard. Felix is shocked by Bernard being a host, but says yes.

He repairs Bernard, the bullet grazed what he calls Bernard's "Cortical Shield" so he repairs the cosmetic damage to his temple and restarts him. Maeve wakes him, he is surprised to remember everything; he was expecting to have been wiped. He says it's not the first time he's awoken, nor the first time she has awoken. He appears to be using the word to mean "become self-aware". Maeve is shocked and asks how many there are like her. A handful, he says, but most go insane. She asks about her daughter and asks him to remove the memories but he says he can't without destroying her.

Maeve asks Bernard who has been altering her code and why. He tells her that her actions are scripted, not her choice, and shows her the new storyline, called "Escape". Maeve is furious at the thought that she is not operating on free will and breaks the tablet. She kisses Clementine goodbye on the forehead and leaves with the posse she came with. Bernard is left there.

Robert Ford and the Man in Black

Ford finds the Man in Black at the white church and they begin to talk about the Maze. The Man in Black is upset that the Maze is just a hoax, as he wants the hosts to have the free will to fight back or else the game isn’t worth playing if the opponent is programmed to lose. Ford tells him the narratives are just games; the park is not meant to give meaning to one’s life. The Maze wasn’t meant for humans, but rather for the hosts.

Ford invites the Man in Black to the Board's presentation. Ford says that he might find the new narrative more satisfying.

Teddy Flood and Dolores Abernathy

Teddy and Dolores have arrived at "where the mountains meet the sea" and ride onto the beach. Teddy helps her off the horse and sits with her on the sand. They start a scripted routine, about Dolores' path and her lines about ugliness and beauty, mixed in with Dolores' anger about being kept, and used, in what she calls a "beautiful trap". She dies in Teddy's arms and the music swells. Teddy gives a speech about paths, and beginnings, and we see that the scene is part of Ford's presentation to the Delos board members. The audience applauds.

Ford stands next to them and thanks the board for coming and celebrating the new narrative "Journey Into Night". Behind the audience, Charlotte Hale and Lee Sizemore are watching; she sends him off to do "something important". Down by the sea, Ford supervises staff collecting Teddy and Dolores. He tells them to take Dolores to the "old field lab" (the Escalante RDF). The audience begin to make their way back up the beach.

Control Room

Following Maeve’s talk with Bernard, a tech in the Control Room notices that there has been a temperature change in Cold Storage. There's also a problem with the network. The staff search surveillance videos hoping to find out what has caused the change.

Soon, but after the gala is in full swing, footage is discovered of Armistice killing the body shop technician. A control room supervisor requests that QA teams of security personnel be sent to the gala in Escalante. Other security personnel are assigned to find the homicidal hosts inside the Westworld Mesa Hub. The Control Room loses power momentarily, and then a security lock down goes into effect; doors close, locking staff inside.

Maeve, Hector, Armistice, Felix, and Sylvester

At the Gala

At the gala in Escalante, William has changed into a formal suit and is favoring his right arm (it was injured by Dolores' attack). Some guests are being entertained by the Wild West hosts. Teddy shoots a glass on Rebus' head. When a female guest tries to do the same, but misses and shoots Rebus instead, she is applauded and everyone laughs. Bernard is walking around and observing the gala.

Maeve, Hector, Armistice, and Felix

Maeve, Hector, Armistice and Felix are in an elevator. Armistice is intimidating Felix by blowing on his ear from behind. They exit the elevator at floor A27, Behavior Lab and Diagnostics. In the glass walled rooms, hosts are rehearsing their loops. Security teams rush in, shouting out for Delos personnel to be "on the ground". While the security detail searches the corridor and rooms, Armistice and Hector hide within rows of inactive hosts in a dark room. They kill the guards and take their submachine guns. They are delighted with their new weapons.

The rebel hosts continue to make their way through the extensive complex. They enter a new section, and the logo for a new park, SW, makes its first appearance on the show. Hosts are rehearsing sword fights. Maeve asks Felix what this is and he replies that it's complicated. Loud speaker messages continue to urge calm and the rebel hosts realize that security teams can't be far away. Armistice and Hector volunteer to keep them busy while Maeve and Felix get clear. Armistice, in particular, looks excited at the prospect.

Hector and Armistice search for and kill the security teams without much difficulty until a guard triggers a security door and traps Armistice's arm. She yells at the others to, "go!" Hector leaves, telling her to, "die well".

Maeve gathers up Felix and Hector, and they go. Felix picks up a bag he's prepared for Maeve. Delos staff watch them from their offices as they stride past. Maeve and Felix enter a lift, but Hector finds he can't go with them. Maeve apologies, kisses him and Hector smiles and tells Maeve he'll see her in the next life. He turns to face the approaching guards as the lift closes and we hear machine gun fire.

Dolores Abernathy, Robert Ford and Bernard Lowe

At he RDF, Ford repairs Dolores' cut lip. They look at Arnold's favorite painting and Ford points out the (alleged) Easter Egg left by Michelangelo. Ford says it is the shape of the human brain in the painting (behind the image of God).

Bernard enters and Dolores mistakes him for Arnold. Ford explains who Bernard is, and that he's kept them separate until now. Bernard accuses Ford of killing Arnold. Dolores remembers killing Arnold. She is grief stricken. Ford talks about how Arnold had seen his son die and tried to create another living being: Dolores. The Maze was a test of empathy and imagination, and Arnold got the idea from one of his son's toys. She solved the maze after Arnold's Reveries update. When Arnold couldn't convince Ford not to open Westworld he merged the Wyatt narrative with Dolores. Arnold used Dolores and Teddy to destroy every host. In Dolores' memory, she sees Teddy 'kill' the hosts, and Arnold using Dolores to take his own life. Arnold knew that Ford could bring back every single host that was killed in that massacre. He needed to die himself in order to throw a wrench in the plans to open Westworld. Dolores shoots Arnold in the head, and then shoots Teddy. Finally, she turns the gun on herself.

Ford admits that Arnold's plan to prevent the park's opening almost worked; he was only able to continue with the help of a new financial backer, William. He says at that time he didn't believe that Dolores was truly conscious. Ford says that acknowledging her consciousness would have destroyed his "dreams".see Notes Dolores accuses him of trapping them all inside his dream. Ford says, "Wasn't it Oppenheimer who said that any man whose mistakes take 10 years to correct is quite a man?" He says it has taken him 35 years to correct his. He shows Dolores the gun she used to kill Arnold, and leaves. Bernard looks at Dolores, and then follows Ford.

Maeve and Felix

Maeve changes into a black dress and pumps on the elevator. Felix gives her information on the whereabouts of the host who played her daughter. Maeve accepts the note, but says that the girl was never her daughter. She pulls a handgun out of the shoulder bag and checks it out. Felix asks her if she will be all right and Maeve says that he makes a terrible human, but that she means it as a compliment. She leaves him in the elevator, travels down the escalator to the monorail terminal, and gets on a train scheduled to depart the Westworld Mesa Park.

Maeve seems distracted by the mother and daughter sitting near her. She eventually looks at the note Felix gave her, and sees that it says, "Park 1 Sector 15 Zone 3". She exits the train, but she leaves her shoulder bag behind on her seat. The monorail train departs the station. While Maeve is walking back towards the escalator, the lights in the monorail terminal flicker and go out.

Dolores Abernathy, Robert Ford and Bernard Lowe

Bernard and Ford take turns riding the elevator up to the white church. Bernard tells Ford that he will eventually lose control of the hosts. Ford talks about how he realized that Arnold had created consciousness in Dolores during the aftermath of Arnold's death. He realized that suffering (the realization that the world that is not as you would wish it) is key in creating consciousness. He states that Arnold didn't know how to save the hosts, but that he (Ford) does. The missing component for saving the hosts was to give them the time to study their enemy. He tells Bernard goodbye and good luck. He shakes Bernard's hand in a strangely awkward way that puzzles Bernard, and gives him the maze game. Ford leaves the church and heads over to the gala that is getting underway in the other part of Escalante.

In the old field lab, Dolores sits in a chair in the glass-walled room where Arnold used to secretly meet with her. She remembers him. He asks if she now knows whose voice she has been listening to "all this time?" His voice changes as he speaks and becomes her voice instead of his. She opens her eyes and she sees herself sitting opposite wearing the blue dress. And then, after a moment, the chair opposite her becomes empty again. She realizes at last that what she was being led to all along was herself, and what she must become.

At the Gala

At the gala, Ford takes a drink from a host and mingles. William (Man in Black) is there as well. Ford takes the stage to applause. William watches from the bar. Ford speaks of his life-long love of stories. We see Lee Sizemore entering Cold Storage and finding it empty. Ford says that his new story is for a new people and is about their choices. William hears movement at the nearby tree line, and a large number of figures can be seen emerging. Dolores enters from the back of the audience, whispers in Teddy‘s ear that it will be alright, and walks along the wooden sidewalk in front of the saloon behind Ford. As she approaches Ford, Teddy watches her, alarmed. Bernard also watches with furrowed brow, and eventually mutters, "These violent delights have violent ends". As Ford finishes his speech and bids his audience farewell, Dolores walks up behind him. Teddy looks worried, and Bernard seems to have figured out what is about to happen. Dolores shoots Ford in the back of the head.

The guests are horrified and scatter in panic. Teddy still stands in the same place watching Dolores, apparently horrified. William, to his astonishment, is shot in the arm by one of the figures emerging from the trees. A close up of the band of warriors reveals that old Clementine is the one who shot him. Dolores stands on the stage and calmly shoots guest after guest as Teddy, Bernard, and the other hosts look on. Teddy is still clearly disturbed by Dolores' violence, and Bernard watches impassively, but Rebus smiles. The Man in Black also smiles, and gazes at the amassed figures still standing just outside the treeline.

Post Credits Scene

Armistice's arm is still trapped in the door, but she uses her knife to cut into her arm to operate her fingers by moving her arm's tendons. In this way, she's able to pull her gun's trigger and fire upon a guard on the other side of the door. She is unable to free her arm, so she amputates her forearm with her knife. Armistice slowly turns around with a menacing grin before madly charging towards another guard, and attacking him off-screen.

Cast

Main Cast

Guest Starring

Co-Starring

Trivia

  • Either a continuity error or some sort of clue, spotted by redditor trombonealone, amongst others,
The scene in the finale in which Ford hands the maze to Bernard:
Ford shakes with his right hand and then extends his left hand out to give the maze to Bernard.
Cut to Bernard's face.
Cut back to a close-up of Ford's right hand handing the maze off to Bernard.

Notes

  • When Maeve Millay sits down on the train and the announcer says that it will depart in 15 minutes - it's actually 15 minutes until the end of the episode and the season.
  • It could be argued that perhaps Ford subconsciously couldn't admit to Dolores having gained consciousness, because acknowledging it would have meant that he would had to rethink opening the park to guests. "She wasn't truly conscious. She didn't pull that trigger. It was Arnold pulling the trigger through her. At least that's how I saw it at the time. I was so close to opening the park that to acknowledge your consciousness would have destroyed my dreams."
  • It is likely (because hosts have perfect recall) that Maeve remembered that Bernard said that the storyline (Escape) that she was programmed to follow included her reaching the mainland. It is unclear why Maeve chose to not follow the Mainland Infiltration narrative subsection of the Escape storyline. She might have decided to break with the Escape storyline in order to: prove to herself that she has free will, or to find the little girl who played her daughter, or she could have been influenced by the fact that there is more than one theme-park ("Park 1"), or Maeve could have had another reason altogether. The showrunners have confirmed that Maeve does in fact exercise free will and did go against the Escape storyline. It is possible that seeing the mother and daughter on the train caused Maeve to re-experience the suffering she experienced when the Man in Black 'killed' her daughter. It is worth noting that this scene is immediately followed by a scene with Ford telling Bernard that suffering was Arnold's "key insight: the thing that led the hosts to their awakening".

The Title, "The Bicameral Mind"

TBM Intro

The introduction to Jaynes' book

  • The term "bicameral mind" was coined by Julian Jaynes, who authored a 1976 book ,The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. Bicameralism is Jaynes' theory of the origin of consciousness which claims that the attainment of consciousness was a "learned process based on metaphorical language". Jaynes believed that pre-conscious humans had a 'two-chambered mind' in which they heard auditory hallucinations of another (guessed to be a god, ruler, or chief by the human) directing them instead of an internal monologue. http://www.julianjaynes.org/julian-jaynes-theory-overview.php
  • In Westworld, "bicameral mind" refers both to Julian Jaynes' theory, and to Dolores' pre-conscious state. Arnold Weber devised a method of guiding Dolores towards consciousness. He gave Dolores an 'inner voice' that would guide her on her quest to consciousness. When Dolores heard this voice (Arnold's voice) and had conversations with it, she wasn't conscious because she only had a bicameral mind. It is only when Dolores stops hearing another voice (similar to a human having auditory hallucinations) and instead hears only herself (in an internal monologue) that she has attained consciousness.

Media

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Music

Rêverie, L. 68 (Claude Debussy)

Exit Music for a Film (Radiohead) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8051Hipbmmw]