The Hidden ‘Westworld’ Detail You (Probably) Missed About the Man in Black

*Warning: Spoilers ahead*

We have a million questions after watching last night’s episode of Westworld, but among all the confusion, we’re clear on this: Something’s up with the Man in Black (Ed Harris), and Serac (Vincent Cassel) might be to blame.

Here’s what you need to know: During season three, episode six, titled “Decoherence,” the Man in Black undergoes a series of medical procedures in the psych ward that are designed to help him confront his fears. This includes a group therapy session featuring several versions of himself over the years, which—of course—ends in bloodshed.

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Elsewhere, Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) is still trying to conceal her true identity (aka Dolores), but it doesn’t last long. Serac calls her out during a Delos board meeting, which prompts Charlotte to unleash a deadly gas that kills everyone in the room except Serac, who is just a hologram. Go figure.

On the other hand, Maeve (Thandie Newton) furthers her revenge mission against Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), who is already one step ahead. After Dolores destroys Maeve’s right-hand guy, Hector (Rodrigo Santoro), Maeve is seen creating a new partner-in crime in the Delos lab.

Although we could easily go on and on about who Maeve is making, we believe the real mystery involves the Man in Black. In fact, we think he’s somehow working for Serac, and it has everything to do with the anomaly that was found in his blood work.

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During the episode, the Man in Black undergoes several examinations in the psych ward, including a blood test. When the camera pans to the computer, the screen glitches before revealing that an anomalous protein exists in his bloodstream.

So, what does it mean? We’re not entirely sure, but if we’ve learned anything from past episodes, we wouldn’t be surprised if Serac is behind it.

First of all, the Man in Black already has a hard time deciphering reality from the simulations. So, for all we know, the Man in Black is actually a host that was specifically programmed by Serac to take down Dolores, which would explain the irregularity.

Speaking of, there has to be a good reason why Charlotte (aka Dolores) tricked the guards into taking the Man in Black to the psych ward. Over the past three seasons, Dolores has consistently eliminated threats that could potentially derail her plan, and the Man in Black appears to be one of them.

So, why is she treating him like an enemy versus a partner? We can only think of one reason, and it all points to the Man in Black having some sort of Delos code that Dolores is afraid of.

Regardless… We. Need. Answers. Westworld returns to HBO next Sunday, April 26.


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