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'Westworld' Pays Homage To The '70s Film With Easter Egg

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If you're knee-deep in the first season of "Westworld" like I am right now, your brain (if you're not a host and actually have a human brain) is brimming with ideas.

Is Robert Ford actually a host built by (HEY) Arnold? Is Arnold still alive? Is Arnold a host? Am I a host? Am I a host WITH THE MOST?

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The questions that "Westworld" generates are as endless as the show's mysterious clues and attention to detail.

Speaking of detail, "Westworld" had an extremely quick nod in Sunday night's episode to its 1973 predecessor AKA the film "Westworld."

In a blink-and-you-miss-it moment when Bernard is searching the lower levels of Westworld's headquarters, the camera briefly stays on an out of commission host...

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Of course, this host looks exactly like Yul Brynner's homicidal robot character from the original movie, and the two share the exact same belt-grabbing pose.

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"BEEP, BOOP, TIME TO DIE," is something Yul Brynner did not say in the film.

But is this a coincidence? THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS COINCIDENCES IN "WESTWORLD" BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS ALREADY PRE-PROGRAMMED.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, "Westworld" creator Jonathan Nolan divulged the real reason behind the homage, saying,

It was a little tip of the hat. We didn't want to feature it too heavily, we don't want you reading too much into that.

If only the show would have a tip o' the cap to "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" with this new theme song I (hastily) wrote:

In Westworld, America, born and raised, in the brothel is where I spent most of my days...

Call me, Jonathan.

So much is left up in the air after last night's episode.

Is Maeve the Neo to the Westworld's Matrix? Does Dolores actually possess an independent consciousness? Will Ed Harris stop murdering robots?

Time will tell, my dear Westworld lovers.

Citations: A spooky homage to 1973's 'Westworld' appeared in the show last night (Mashable)