WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Season 3, Episode 7, of Westworld, “Passed Pawn,” which aired Sunday on HBO.
In Season 3 of Westworld, we learned that a powerful artificial intelligence machine called Rehoboam has dictated the life of every human being on the planet. Created by Engerraund Serac and his brother, Rehoboam analyzes people’s data to calculate eventualities and foresee possible futures, working to ensure a safer, better life for humanity. However, this machine couldn’t control everyone — there were also outliers, humans that the machine couldn’t anticipate or properly direct. In these cases, the outliers were taken and either incarcerated or reconditioned.
Rehoboam was Dolores’ target in her elaborate plan to destroy humanity, and she finally made her move a few episodes ago when she released all of its files to the public. But as we now discover, this was only phase one. In “Passed Pawn,” Dolores moves on to the second phase as she unveils her secret weapon in her war against Serac: Rehoboam’s predecessor, Solomon.
After the release of Rehoboam’s files, the world quickly descended into a mass panic as people all over the globe protested against what the machine predicted for them, or what it directly caused. But that’s just the beginning of Dolores’ plan. Next, she and Caleb travel to Mexico, where she locates another facility that belongs to Serac. After taking out the armed guards, the duo get inside and learn the machine known as Solomon is still running.
Solomon was also created by Serac and his brother. In fact, when they first joined Incite, the brothers created many iterations of their A.I. machine, until they finally reached the desired result in Rehoboam. Solomon was the machine that came before. It did what it was supposed to, but it developed issues. Dolores describes it as a schizophrenic A.I. machine. Solomon is perhaps the darker version of Rehoboam, the one that located hundreds of outliers and put them in a cryogenic-like sleep to avoid any interference with its projections. What’s more, it was also responsible for the re-conditioning of Cal.
Now that Dolores has woken Solomon up, she has convinced it to create a new future where the machines win and humanity loses. It’s actually a brilliant move on her part — to use Serac’s own machine against him in order to take him and all humans down.
As the episode comes to a close, it appears as if Dolores may have been taken out of the fight permanently. But even if that is the case, it doesn’t matter. Solomon is enforcing her orders, and it has started Cal on a path that may just lead to the end of humanity. Even if Dolores has lost, she may yet win.
Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO, Westworld stars returning cast members Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth, Simon Quarterman and Rodrigo Santoro, joined by series newcomers Aaron Paul, Vincent Cassel, Lena Waithe, Scott Mescudi, Marshawn Lynch, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Ealy and Tommy Flanagan.
In the latest episode of Westworld, “Passed Pawn,” Dolores reveals she has a secret weapon in her war against Engerraund Serac.