Westworld: One Detail Proves William Is The Man In Black

After last weeks episode of Westworld, we learned that anything is possible, especially after fan-favorite Bernard was revealed to be a host created by Dr. Ford.

One of the most popular and dissected theories of this never-ending mystery is that William (Jimmi Simpson) is actually a younger version of the Man In Black (Ed Harris).

Fans have been grappling at anything and everything to prove that this theory is true, even morphing their faces together to show similarities.

If we go back a few episodes to Contraprasso, there is one major clue that was easily looked over. Of course to even notice this vague detail, you would already have to believe in the two timeline theory.

During the awkward conversation between Dr. Ford and The Man In Black at the saloon, Teddy took his knife and stabbed it into the table at Ford's request.

This knife tends to be the Man In Black's weapon of choice, considering he has already slashed a few throats and scalped a few heads with it.

Looking at the upcoming footage for the remaining three episodes, William is seen holding the same knife.

If you look closely enough, you'll notice that the handles are exactly the same. Most overlooked this detail as pure coincidence, however now we know that there are no coincidences in Westworld.

Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have said multiple times that every single detail is important even if it may seem ambigious at first. In other words, everything in Westworld means...something.

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Remember when William admitted to Dolores in the last episode that he never wanted to leave? Yeah, that happened too!

As we near the end of Westworld's mysterious and engrossing first season, all of the loose ends are starting to make sense in very surprising ways.

One big question we still have - if William turns into the Man In Black 30 years after arriving at the park, what happened that made him so jaded?

We can take a STAB and assume that William truly fell in love with Dolores, who may have been reprogrammed to completely forget him, leaving William heartbroken and alone in world he thought was paradise. Enter, a very jaded and vengeful Man In Black.

The one-hour drama series Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.


The cast of the 10-episode series includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr.

NEXT: IS BERNARD REALLY ARNOLD?

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Westworld airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.