Westworld die-hards will recall that The Elegant is the machine that I can’t cease referring to as “robotic heaven.” Westworld creator Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) created the server area as a type of afterlife for host information to enter after they achieve sentience and select as to whether or not they need to dwell within the bodily world or not. Many hosts abandon their robotic varieties and enter The Elegant (also referred to as The Valley Past) at the top of the present’s second season.
Now, some thirty years after that first add to the Valley Past, how shocked should the Valley Beyonders be that the remainder of host-kind has elected to hitch them within the Elegant. Might have saved the world a complete lot of bother if everybody simply uploaded in 2052, however I digress. Now that all the remaining characters of Westworld are within the Elegant, it solely stands to cause that Westworld season 5 would have taken place totally throughout the Elegant. How, precisely, did the present plan to drag that off? Westworld was typically criticized as being too complicated to start with, and including a full layer of “digital actuality that’s not technically digital actuality however now extra actuality actuality” on high of it could be much more difficult to elucidate.
Fortunately, the Elegant seems so actual that it may not have even registered as digital for viewers. We’ve gotten to see the Elegant a number of instances all through Westworld‘s run. When Akecheta (Zahn McClarnon), the remainder of Ghost Nation, and a number of other stragglers head into The Elegant in season 2, it simply seems to be like the remainder of Westworld just about. Then, in seasons 3 and 4, Bernard spends a while in a model of the Elegant that appears like some other workplace room or laboratory behind the scenes at Westworld. Primarily, the Elegant can seem how ever one desires it to seem, which is form of the entire level.
Why then even hassle with a complete season set in robotic heaven for those who’re not going to make it as trippy and psychedelic as that idea sounds? Nicely maybe Pleasure and Nolan had been making ready to dig even deeper into the idea of the lack of the tangible world than any of us realized. In a put up season 4 finale interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Pleasure had an interesting response to interviewer Abbey White’s statement that the episode felt like a sequence finale. Pleasure mentioned, partially:
“That is very private. I believe it’s due to COVID that I’m going to reply this extra actually than I perhaps ought to, and extra personally. I’ve all the time had this fantasy of people not having to be people, of with the ability to simply be an orb of sunshine. If we may all be orbs of lights and you may shine completely different colours and resonate, or seems like lovely notes, and you can also make a sound collectively. A lot about our bodily varieties, concerning the weight of society and its gaze upon us — we inherit a number of issues from the skin world which might be unimaginable to shake off and that generally make connection troublesome. That generally I believe is even figuring out oneself. It’s important to strip down beneath all of that and actually maintain on.”
Whereas Pleasure says she is answering this “extra actually than (she) ought to,” I don’t take it to imply that she’s actually revealing the plot of Westworld season 5 and that there could be no precise actors, simply balls of sunshine floating round serenely in an empty area. I do, nevertheless, intuit that they had been able to go to some fairly excessive locations in season 5.