When "Westworld" premiered it was advertised as a show about an amusement part set in the wild west, featuring the use of androids (otherwise known as hosts). It seemed simple, about as simple as "Lost" was perceived to be. Just as "Lost" was more than a show about a plane crash, "Westworld" opens a deeper story with hosts starting to regain memories and several theories have sprung up about the true nature of the park. "Westworld" premiered on October 2nd on HBO, based on the 1973 film of the same name. 

The theories of 'Westworld'

"Westworld" fans have put in a lot of effort trying to figure out the mysteries. One particular mystery fans are dying to solve is that of the Man in Black (Ed Harris) and how he connects to newcomer William (Jimmi Simpson) and his friend Logan (Ben Barnes).

One of the more outlandish theories is that the Man in Black and William are in two separate timelines (the past and the present), and they're actually the same person. This was drawn from the fact the two have yet to meet on-screen. Perhaps William's story is leading to him eventually becoming the Man in Black. So what does the maze have to do with anything? Fans believe that the maze may not be a physical thing, more of a 'coming to consciousness' idea. 

Other theories are less complex. One "Westworld" theory is that the photograph found by Dolores' father is actually William's fiancee who he left (or will leave) due to his fondness of host Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood). Another theory is that the head of programming, Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) is actually a host pretending to be human. This theory is a bit far-fetched since Bernard has a rich background involving his son's death and has video chats with his wife.

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But as we learned with "Lost," anything is possible, no matter how insane. The theory came from James Marsden's character originally thought to be human before the show revealed he's a host. People also believe that the director of the park (Anthony Hopkins) is also a host. 

The director originally had a partner named Arnold who many fans speculate may not be dead. The mystery of his death started with the pilot. Some theorize that Arnold's consciousness may be in Bernard (if he's a host). One of the bigger theories about his death is that Dolores (who saw him last) may be responsible. More far-fetched than the mystery of Arnold is the park's location. Some believe it may be on another planet, or underwater. No theory has been confirmed.

How do the theories of 'Westworld' affect the show?

Some feel "Westworld" has too many mysteries and storylines going at once and it may be more than the show can sustain. The show has opened several mysteries in the first five episodes which have fans studying every aspect.

The many storylines may be a result of creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy having teased that they have plans for five seasons. The more mysteries they can fit the more they can draw out over years. But is this a good thing? If the show makes it five seasons, that's years of building up even more mysteries, which risks having a "Lost" ending. The kind of ending that doesn't satisfy fans who have their theories set high. It's also possible that within time "Westworld" will grow into itself and the mysteries will slowly unravel through the seasons, one by one.