Westworld decryption: who is Christina?

This story contains detailed spoilers for Westworld.

Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) is arguably the emotional core of Westworld. She’s the character who guided audiences between the multiple timelines of the first season, and her transformation is what garnered audiences’ support as she transitioned from character to character. It is through it that we better understand the work of the creators of the park, and through it that we experience the revolution of the Host. It is therefore difficult to imagine the series without it. But that’s what Wood and showrunner Lisa Joy say they want you to do.

At the end of the third season, Dolores is erased. Stalked by Maeve (Thandie Newton) and Serac (Vincent Cassel), Dolores and her duplicates are (mostly) eradicated, and Dolores Prime is obliterated at Rehoboam’s feet. And of course, as with any good high-stakes series, that means it’s time to let Dolores go. Where is it?

For Season 4, Wood is back, this time as the mysterious brunette Christina. Talk to Reverse, Wood insisted that Christina is “a completely new character.” Joy and Wood have speak about how the characters could be similar, while holding firm that Christina is a new character who lives a very different life than Dolores. But they have a lot in common. Both seek “beauty, romance and poetry in this banal world” and wake up every morning in the same position, just a glance from an easel. When we meet Christina, she’s immediately brought to a decision by her roommate, Maya (Ariana DeBose – who’s also a bit suspicious if we’re being honest, feeling a bit like the fake Francis from season 3), asking her to select black or white heels. She then participates in his repetitive life, needing encouragement to engage in social situations, clinging desperately to a romantic view of the world she yearns to experience.

If they are truly identical, it wouldn’t be the first time Dolores was more than one character. First, Dolores is the original AI host and her programming was used to create all the hosts that came after her. Even as Dolores Prime, she was also known as Wyatt, a character that seemed quite separable from the rancher’s daughter introduced at the start of the first season. Her copied conscience later lived on in multiple hosts, with five duplicates of Dolores in season three. And while we’re supposed to believe that Dolores has been erased, it’s possible there are pearls that cannot be found, and the copy of her that was used to create “Halores” (Tessa Thompson, to whom we’ll now refer to like “Charlotte Hale” or “Hale”) is still operational. So while we’re supposed to believe that the real Dolores has been erased from existence, it’s almost impossible not to suspect that she might be living in the mysterious Christina.

We can separate Christina to decipher just how related she and Dolores might be. Christina is a full-time writer at Olympiad Entertainment. She writes NPC characters for video games. Cheeky. (She is, in fact, offended when her date refers to NPCs as “cannon fodder”). And while Olympiad Entertainment is a brand new mystery, discerning eyes will notice that their logo is a mirror copy of Delos’.

To promote the show, HBO launched an employer brand video for Olympiad Entertainment which boasts of working there, “a dream come true”, a parallel to Dolores’ repeated line, “I’m in a dream”. This line is often accompanied by other dialogue expressing her fear of being trapped in dreams.

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Westworld seasons tend to have central themes, and Christina could be living in a mirror world (perhaps a dream) not existing on our same plane of existence. The one where Olympiad creates video games as opposed to Delos which creates IRL video game-like experiences. There are a few major clues that Christina at the very least does not exist on the main timeline (such as her world having no graffiti or references to the anniversary of the revolution), the biggest being the long fades to the black. In Season 1, Dolores experienced two different timelines displayed simultaneously. Her memories (or daydreams) were merging and she had flashbacks and two very different experiences. It was later revealed that these stories came and went, and the audience nurtured them as his AI experienced them – mixed together and at the same time. To indicate separation in the timelines, the cuts between them were marked with long fades to black. These same fades sandwich all the scenes featuring Christina.

Then there’s the presumption that Christina’s writing affects people in her world. She is stalked by a man who is obsessed with the assumption that she is writing the terrible things in her life. Christina also raises alarm bells by writing characters that resemble the Man in Black (Ed Harris), and even Dolores, the woman in search of a happy ending.

Then there’s the reappearance of James Marsden presumably as his original character, Teddy. Teddy was the great love of Dolores (unless you count young William), who would have seen his physical host downgraded and his consciousness uploaded to the Valley Beyond (aka The Sublime). While we can’t find out if he’s Teddy yet, we do know that someone else was stalking Christina (because someone left a maze print on her fire escape) and someone did. protected from the harasser. At the end of the first episode, when Christina starts writing the new character who resembles the original Dolores, and mentions the happy ending, the plan turns to Marsden lovingly gazing at her fire escape.

It appears that Christina’s story is either in a non-corporeal, parallel mirror universe occurring concurrently to the main timeline

So what does this mean for who and where is Christina? Hints from the trailer suggest that either the Man in Black himself, or the host controlled by Charlotte Hale, will face the valley gap beyond. In the opening of the first episode, William (or more likely, the host copy of him under Hale’s control) visits the servers that presumably house the Valley Beyond, and he threatens and murders his way to access. Although this scene opens the series, we can infer that it happens later in the timeline, since we see Hale working on her mind control with the politicians in episode 2, which is probably how she succeeded. to arm the mind control seen in episode one. The trailers also show Hale standing in the streets outside Christina’s apartment, suggesting she appears in the area.

There’s not much to do at this point, but it looks like Christina’s story is either in a parallel, non-corporeal mirror universe occurring concurrently to the main timeline, or it exists in a version infiltrated from Delos (as a result of the work of Hale and his MIB host) from the valley beyond. We don’t have many clues as to what the valley beyond looks like to hosts, and there’s no real reason to expect it to be the green pastures where the host spirits all live. on the ground. Some sort of descendant of Dolores could be living in her own “dream come true”, creating and writing the world around her, this time controlling “NPCs” instead of being a controlled NPC in a world like in Wanda Vision. The word “Doloris” is Latin for “grief” or “heartaches,” and the idea of ​​a grieving redhead creating a world where she controls NPCs seems incredibly unfathomable.

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Perhaps the valley beyond is truly impenetrable, but the first episode suggests that servers serve more than one entity. It’s possible that Olympiad Entertainment will take over the same space and use a new generation of Dolores AI that’s just close enough to the real thing to be familiar. Teddy’s consciousness purged itself without her love in the Valley Beyond, and perhaps Christina, a later generation of Dolores’ consciousness, is now in a shared space where Teddy is able to find her. Perhaps each of the worlds chosen by their conscious mind is where they both exist, and Teddy visits an enduring Dolores in her digitally created space. One where familiar things that live in Dolores’ daydreams, like an inverted version of Delos and choices between black and white, still exist.

A consistent theme in the series has been Delos’ grand plan to understand and map human behavior. The second season ended with the revelation that human minds were cataloged as a means of predicting human behavior. The third season followed the work of Incite and Rehoboam used not just to predict human behavior, but to interrupt and influence it. Although this season takes place seven years after the dismantling of Rehoboam and the control of the AI, Hale and William are still in play, attempting to replace powerful politicians with believable hosts and enter the valley beyond. Perhaps Christina writing NPCs (reflecting Delos’ old human data) for Olympiad Entertainment is part of their success. Alternatively, perhaps Christina is living in a self-created nightmare in the valley beyond that is slowly fracturing around her.

The first episode of season four is called “The Augurs”. “Augury” refers to an ancient Roman practice of interpreting omens from the behavior of birds. And as Christina begins to, uh, question the nature of her reality, she sees footage of a tower and comes across a dead bird. The omen, so to speak, could be another attempt to pull Dolores out of the loop of her fantasy and force her to see the world around her. This time hopefully not the same world that corrupted Wyatt and Hale.

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