Let's talk “Westworld” fan theories.
If you're not watching HBO's sci-fi mindfuck of a show then you don't deserve to have TV or the internet.
Four episodes in, “Westworld” has already solidified itself in the annals of TV history as one of the most unique and jaw-dropping science fiction shows to ever air.
In fact, if you haven't watched it yet, I'm going to go ahead and ask you to exit out of this article, leave your work desk, go home, turn off your cellphone and watch the entire show.
I'm not joking. See you in four hours.
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INSANE RIGHT?!!?!? HOW EFFING AMAZING IS THIS SHOW?!?!?!?!?!?
Top to bottom -- from the casting to the plot to the choice to have the alternate world take place in the Wild West -- everything is flawless.
Of course, a show of this caliber and depth is ripe for fan theories and speculation, none more shockingly plausible than this one from Forbes' Paul Tassi.
Tassi claims William, the white hat vacationer who was brought along to Westworld by Logan, is actually "The Man in Black."
For those of you who are terrible with names like I am, here is the theory in gifs:
Could this guy...
...actually be this guy?
The theory revolves around the idea that the show takes place in different timelines as much as different realities.
As we follow The Man in Black on his quest to find a deeper level of the "game," it's entirely possible William and Logan's story is there to serve as a flashback to provide his origin story.
What makes this all work is the fact we never see The Man in Black interact with William or Logan. More so, we never really see William and Logan interact with any other member of the cast not in Westworld -- aside from that robot lady who William doesn't have sex with in episode two.
The rest of the evidence supporting this theory is pretty straight forward, as Tassi illustrates:
There are a few points that work against this theory, however.
For instance, aside from them being in the same world, there are very few parallels between The Man in Black and William.
On top of that, The Man in Black claims he's been coming to the park for 30 years. As we know, that would require a ton of money and from what we've seen thus far, William doesn't exactly come off as a billionaire.
Lastly, as Tassi points out,
Those are smaller plot details, though, and as much as I'm usually pretty dismissive of fan theories, this one seems to hold its own.
So what do you think? We reading too much into this or are we gearing up for a late season identity bombshell?