Sunday, December 11, 2016
A Quickie: From William to the Man in Black (Westworld)
I'm here to tell you that William was never as good as he seemed to be.
William might not be one for violence or sexual desires but he was one to like to move up the corporate ladder. He was a business person which means he could be capable of terrible things. Not killing a lot of people but using any means to get to the top while still appearing humble even to himself.
However, he abandons all thoughts of his fiance once he gets into a relationship with Dolores. How true can a man be if he so easily goes to another's arms?
So it could be that there was more of a selfish reason for William to marry Logan's sister. It could be that he saw this marriage as a way for him to gain yet greater power in Delos.
Upon entering Westworld he becomes smitten with Dolores. He finds, in her, something real and will do anything for her. It's because of her that he makes such a long journey to find a way to free her. If only Escalante hadn't been buried, their love story might have had a different ending.
But then things take a darker turn. He kills a whole group of Hosts. You could argue that it was to keep Dolores safe but it was still overkill. Then he starts killing because he likes it with no other real reason.
William was always selfish and the only reason you wouldn't think so is his outward demeanor. He held himself one way while being the opposite. The cruelty that came out was always there. Ford even says that Westworld is all about the journey of discovering yourself. You find who you really are when you go to the park. William just happened to find out he wasn't a good guy.
Dolores even senses this when she tells William that she isn't the key to something, she merely is. William always wanted to find a purpose in his life even if he had to create it. At first it was Delores and then it was the Maze.
There is a darker man underneath and one that is more than ready to break free. It is only because Westworld is so immersive that the other side of him is able to show itself. After he leaves Westworld for the first time he keeps the darker side of himself hidden and only lets it roam free once he enters the park again.
But though he does a good job of hiding his true self, his wife figures it out and kills herself.
The real question about William's future is if that will ever happen.
When you go on any soul searching quest of who you are you run into some dark areas. You run into parts of yourself that you like to pretend don't exist. You make excuses for your actions and pretend to be who you want to be, even if that is just a facade. A cover that protects you from who you are.
Say what you want about William's journey of self-discovery, but it was brave. He saw who he really was and didn't run away from himself: he embraced it for better or worse.