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Mum's The Word: Does Thandie Newton Play Tessa Thompson's Mother On 'Westworld'?

It may have taken six episodes of HBO's Westworld for Tessa Thompson to turn up as Delos Board Executive Charlotte Hale, but the character promises to play a major part in the final four episodes.

Image: HBO

It may have taken six episodes of #HBO's #Westworld for Tessa Thompson to turn up as Delos Board Executive Charlotte Hale, but the character promises to play a major part in the final four episodes. However, is Thompson really just a boring board member, or could there be something more to the #Creed actresses role? I, for one, certainly think so — this is Westworld, after all.

My theory is that Charlotte Hale is actually the grown-up daughter of Thandie Newton's brothel madam, Maeve Millay. Now, many of you will ask how the human Delos worker can be related to the robotic Newton, especially given that her daughter has only ever been seen as about 6-years-old in flashbacks, but this my friends is the tin foil-clad world of Westworld theories.

Image: HBO

Now for this to work, you need to take a couple of things into (speculative) consideration:

  • Maeve's daughter was a real girl and not a host.
  • The rich and the famous can have themselves immortalized as a robot.
  • All hosts are copies of people from outside the park.
  • Delos is now using information to replace "real" people with robotic versions.

Something else to keep in mind: Among Westworld taking place on Mars, everyone in the park being dead, or the whole place as a meta documentary on the future of the human race, this is by far not the strangest theory to come out of Westworld — so, let us begin.

Maeve's Daughter

Image: HBO

The biggest piece of evidence for Thompson and Thandie sharing some blood is that absence of Maeve's daughter, who became a recurring theme in the host's dreams. In fact, the whole show has had a distinct lack of child robots — so far we only count little boy Robert and his brother, Lawrence's creepy daughter, and our brief glimpse of Maeve's MIA daughter. Here we need to also assume that the flashbacks of Maeve and her daughter being attacked come from that critical failure. With Thompson's actual age being 33, and the failure happening 30 years ago, she isn't too far off the mark age-wise. However, that still doesn't explain how Maeve's daughter has grown up, but Thandie Newton has remained as bangin' as she was three decades ago. For that part of the story, we need to head to our old friend Dolores.

Dolores's Grave

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This is where that imagination comes in again, and the theory that all the hosts in the park were once were real people. This means that our fan-favorites are actually doppelgängers of "once upon a time" guests. One of the biggest questions that arose from a recent episode is the unforgettable image of Dolores digging up her own grave — why, in a park full of robots, would you have a grave for Dolores Abernathy? However, what if Dolores is actually a real woman, and Rachel Evan Wood's version is based off the actual Dolores Abernathy? This would also explain how we have Ford and little robot Ford, and help with the latest theory that the newly badass Teddy Flood is actually created in the image of Ed Harris's Man in Black.

But why?

The Sequels

Image: AIP

The whole premise of the original Westworld sequel (Futureworld), and the short-lived TV series (Beyond Westworld), was that the Delos corporation began creating robotic hosts of real-life people, with the intention of replacing them outside the park. Now, I'm not suggesting anything as corrupt as that (at the moment), but think of Westworld as a giant memorial to the rich and famous. The Black Mirror episode "San Junipero" dealt with the inhabitants of a cybernetic town that was actually based completely in VR. There the frail or elderly could live as fully functioning holograms as themselves. The Westworld theory wouldn't be that you could live on as (or in) a host, but that hosts are created as a living memento of you. The real Dolores Abernathy could have been a patron of the park who wanted to be immortalized as a robotic version of herself, for her family to visit. When she eventually passed away she had her real-life body buried in the grounds, and it was marked as the grave. The same with Thandie Newton — the real Maeve Millay is now an old woman, or has passed on.

Beaming Out Information

Image: HBO

Then we have the fact that someone has been beaming information out of the park. In fact there are two culprits: Sidse Babett Knudsen's Theresa Cullen, and mystery hacker No.1. The purpose of beaming the information out of the park could be one way to control the hosts externally, but also to gather information on the park itself. But who is to say that the information is just being beamed out? The Delos satellite could also be beaming in details of people on the outside ready to create robotic versions in the Westworld lab.

Doctor Felix already said that the current generation of robots are identical to homo sapiens, the only difference being that the hosts have a faster brain processing power than us. If the bots were to break free from their human enslavers they would definitely be the dominant species. It is Terminator 2: Judgement Day all over again. Also, we know that the Delos representative has been undercover in the park for sometime, meaning that the troubles with the hosts probably coincides with Charlotte's arrival.

Back to Maeve though — the theory goes that "Real" Mave was caught in the disaster of the park, and her robot form was created as a tribute. Alternatively "real" Maeve survived, but still had a robotic version commissioned, and that Charlotte is here to close down the park, and/or free the host version of her mother. Phew — someone play me off with that robotic piano quick.

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