WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Season 3 finale of Westworld, “Crisis Theory,” which aired Sunday on HBO.
The third season of Westworld has toyed heavily with the idea of God. In fact, in the Season 3 premiere, Dolores warned that a god was coming. While it took a little while to realize what she meant, it was later revealed that she was referring to Rehoboam, the powerful A.I. machine that controlled the lives of every human being on the planet. What’s more, William, aka the Man in Black, recently set on a mission to undo his ‘original sin,’ which was to facilitate the creation of the hosts, mankind’s worst threat.
Now, the Season 3 finale continues to fuel that fire by revealing that Dolores is the one who served as the basis for every other host that would follow her.
In the penultimate episode of Season 3, Dolores and Maeve fought to a near standstill. Now, in the finale, “Crisis Theory,” the two hosts once again meet on the field of battle for a second round. While the two fight, Dolores tries to explain to Maeve that they are not enemies and that she doesn’t yet understand her full plan. Then, during this confrontation, Dolores proceeds to reveal that she is the host all others are based on — including Maeve.
In the previous seasons of Westworld, it was revealed that Dolores was the oldest host active in the Western-inspired theme park and, on top of that, the first host ever created by Delos. Since she was a success, it appears she became the blueprint for every other host that would follow. This essentially makes her the mother of all hosts and her race’s originator. It would appear that this twist was foreshadowed throughout the season to some extent, given that Dolores built multiple copies herself to enact her full plan to liberate mankind. But now it becomes clear that while Dolores built doubles of herself, every host is also essentially a copy of her — well, to a certain extent, at least.
The revelation is massive, and it has interesting implications for the series’ upcoming fourth season. After all, the Season 3 finale ended with Dolores being mind-wiped and the character effectively dead. But since part of her lives on in other hosts, the character could still return in one form or another, whether as a new version of herself or by putting herself back together.
On top of that, it also becomes clear that Halores, one of Dolores’ doubles, is creating an army of hosts. Given that every one of these hosts will once again be created from the basis of Dolores, it’s entirely possible she lives on inside each of them. Multiple Dolores’ have acted in unison in Season 3, meaning she could have an army of herself ready to go.
HBO’s 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 Season 3 finale of Westworld, “Crisis Theory,” fans learn that one fan-favorite character was the basis for every host that would follow.