WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Season 3, Episode 5 of Westworld, “Genre,” which aired Sunday on HBO.
After two seasons of being locked in its titular, Western-inspired theme park, Westworld finally took viewers to the outside world of the year 2058 in Season 3. There, the audience saw that the planet was now overseen and controlled by a machine called Rehoboam, an artificial intelligence that dictates the life of every man, woman and child on the planet. Rehoboam was created by Engerraund Serac and his brother to create a better and safer world following the destruction of Paris when they were children.
The machine compiles data on every human being and foresees all eventualities which it then tries to achieve, or prevent. Everyone is on a path or, in Westworld terms, a loop. And whenever someone strays from their loops, Rehoboam issues a warning. Fans have seen these warnings throughout the season, in the form of the “divergence info-graphics” that precede certain scenes. But it turns out these graphics aren’t just for the audience– they’re actually tied to a surprising device.
Ever since the start of Season 3, Westworld‘s episodes have featured various “divergence info-graphics” before certain scenes. These graphics essentially take place on a white screen, and it shows either the circular shape of the planet or the rough outline of a certain city. Then, the screen pinpoints a certain location and informs that someone is diverging from a path Rehoboam has foreseen. Essentially, this shows viewers the point of view of the powerful artificial intelligence machine. It gives everyone an idea of how it processes information, and how it highlights potential threats such as Cal, Bernard and Dolores.
But while it first appeared as if these graphics were only shown for our benefit, the series’ latest episode reveals someone is actually watching that white screen: Engerraund Serac, the machine’s creator. In fact, Serac has a watch on his wrist that doesn’t show time, but instead features the circular outline of the planet, just like the graphics card. Therefore, whenever Rehoboam pinpoints an anomaly, Serac is made aware of it thanks to his watch.
This allows him to be connected to his machine at all times, and wherever he goes. What’s more, given the episode reveals how powerful and ambitious Serac is, it becomes clear that he is keeping a close watch on the entire world — not just through his machine, but through his watch. Whenever he spots an outlier on his divergence tracker, he can now rectify the solution as he sees fit. And, as is evident, this can involve forceful incarceration or even murder. If there was any doubt left, Serac just further proved that he really is an evil mastermind.
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.
Westworld's latest episode, “Genre,” reveals that this season's 'divergence graphics' are actually tied to a surprising device that belongs to Serac.