THIS one) about the show all the time. I say sadly because there is so much to discuss from characters to themes. However, I'm going to aim to make shorter posts to help cover some of the topics about the show that interest me.
I'll also be using this shortened format for other shows/movies/ect. that I am interested in.
Today I'll be discussing a very odd move by Ford in the Westworld Season 1 Finale.
Without looking deeper, it seems very clear cut what happened. Ford informs Delores that Arnold's plan had been for Dolores, who had Teddy help her, kill all the Hosts and himself. He was hoping that this would make the park close for good.
Arnold didn't feel it was right for the Hosts to be treated as mere puppets when they were really alive. Alive in the sense of being conscious.
Or it could be Bernard not really comprehending what the human is going to do
Characters are more than free to evolve and show sides of themselves that we haven't seen before. A man as complicated as Ford is more than deserving of being able to show all the many faceted sides of himself but his sacrifice doesn't make any sense.
From all we've seen of him in the show, any action he makes is for himself. He will show compassion and other emotions for others only when it doesn't endanger him. He loves being in control and pulling the strings. While he might care for Arnold, the fact is that he created Bernard to serve him. He created a Host that looked and acted like his old friend and used him as a lackey.
So in the end Ford will choose his own safety over any feelings towards others.
Ford wouldn't just abandon control of Westworld and so needed a ruse to escape suspicions. He could've created a Host to look like him so as to make others believe he had died. He was making a Host throughout Season 1 but we haven't seen who it was of. It could've been Ford for all we know.
Ford could've also had his real self die and just have been reborn as a Host. He might not think it's a step up in evolution, but it would more than allow himself to keep control.
What I'm trying to get at is that loops hold such an importance to Westworld that it would make sense that Ford, for all his craftiness, would have one in case he needed to take back control. He could talk about this being for the Hosts when it's all about him in the end.
Remember: Ford can care but at the end of the day he cares about himself the most. Even if he has to kill others.
All we can do now is wait until Season 2 and see what happens.