“Westworld” star says no one’s figured out the truth and we are like whoa
Ever since Westworld premiered we’ve been brimming with theories. The Man in Black, Dolores, Maeve, Arnold’s identity…literally an episode cannot pass without us shouting theories at one another. Yet, according to star Jimmi Simpson, no Westworld fans have correctly predicted the finale. Sure, some of us may have correctly guessed Bernard’s identity. And others have some pretty concrete proof about the “two timelines” theory. But no one, according to Jimmi Simpson, who plays William on the show, have “nailed” this.
"I don't spend all that much time online but I feel like I've been forwarded quite a few things and I haven't seen anyone nail this," he told the Canadian press.
"There are a lot of people coming close to some elements, but as far as the actual machine that's happening at the end, I think people will be refreshingly surprised and pleased."
How is this even possible??? There are hundreds and hundreds of fan theories out there, including the “William is the Man in Black” one that seems awfully solid at this point. Could everyone have gotten it wrong? Are we missing some key little tidbit that will turn the whole story on it’s head?
Westworld star Jimmi Simpson gave some other tantalizing hints about the show:
On the creators’ vision:
"It's just not something Jonah and Lisa and J.J. were making up as they went along. I think sometimes people are used to a concept being introduced on television and then they see people respond to certain things and they add some new twists and people like it, so they do more stuff like that. This is not that show. This is a story and a narrative that Jonah and Lisa have created already, and so all of these twists and turns are part of their grand execution to deliver their story the way they think it would be best delivered."
This is actually great to know. Shows based on twists (cough, Lost, cough) tend to flame out.
On the encroaching Westworld finale:
"So I think at the end of this season, it's the end of a chapter and they're prepared for it and I think they really kill it and they satisfy, I would say, at least most of all the things you're wondering. And then they do this wonderful thing and they just flick on this light and now you're seeing a future as well, but they're not making you wait for the questions you've already been asking."
End of a chapter? Please tell us it’s not William’s chapter. We need more JS in our lives!
"I was probably more uninformed to the future of this character than anything I've ever played, so every single turn for William was a revelation to me, Jimmi...About halfway through, I had the suspicion as to where William was headed and I asked and their faces were shocked that I had figured anything out. And then they said, "Just stop talking about it." So they were really amazing at sweetly denying us information."
On the “William is the Man in Black” theory
"It's very strange to see my face split-screened with literally an icon of mine."
So now we are seriously salivating for the finale tonight! Will we get all the answers to William’s connection to the Man in Black? Can we expect to see Jimmi Simpson return next year?
And seriously WHAT is going on with Ford’s narrative???