Each new episode of Westworld raises more questions than it answers, and “Virtù e Fortuna,” the third episode of season two, is no exception. The Case of the Misplaced Bengal Tiger is now closed, but the mystery of everything Bernard-related is still ongoing. Is there just one Bernard, or are there two? And where did they both come from? These questions will unfortunately not be answered below, but here are a few key developments.
1. That Bengal tiger from the season premiere did not come from Shogun World.
Shogun World still hasn’t been seen on the show, but its existence is a given at this point — we saw the Japanese soldiers in season one, Maeve is shown in Japanese dress in one of this season’s teasers, and showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have talked about it in interviews. Bengal tigers, however, don’t live in Japan and never did, so unless someone at Delos was skimping on accuracy, that tiger couldn’t have come from Shogun World.
This episode confirmed that the tiger came from a third park apparently themed around British India, complete with elephants, tiger hunts, and a lot of people in well-pressed safari gear. The name of this park remains unknown (it’s referred to as Park Six in the season premiere), but it seems to be located right next to Westworld. When the female guest gets chased out of Rudyard Kiplandia by the tiger, she accidentally crosses over the border into Westworld with her feline friend in pursuit. And thus, the mystery of the tiger has been solved!
2. The hosts in the other parks are also part of the rebellion.
The opening of the episode follows the aforementioned female guest as she tries to discover if a handsome man she wants to sleep with is human or host; she shoots him and is satisfied to learn he’s human. After their rendezvous they’re supposed to go tiger hunting, but their guide turns a gun on them and says, “These violent delights have violent ends.” This helps explain why Delos’s cleanup team is so large and why they’re having discussions about securing the other parks as well; it seems all of the hosts have decided they’re done being pawns in this game. What still doesn’t quite make sense is what Ford has to do with all this. Was he also in charge of storylines for the other parks? If not, who was?
3. Armistice is fine.
Given that we never saw her die and it had already been announced that Ingrid Bolsø Berdal would be back, this was a given, but it was still nice to see everyone’s favorite snake tattoo lady kicking ass again. She joins up with Maeve and Hector’s crew, which now also includes Westworld techs Felix and Sylvester.
4. Peter Abernathy has been corrupted.
Since the premiere, Charlotte has been in search of Dolores’s father, and “Virtù e Fortuna” came one step closer to explaining why Delos is so interested in getting him out of the park. While looking at Peter’s code, Bernard discovers that he’s been programmed by someone other than himself and that he now has a very different personality than the Peter we met in season one. Bernard says this new version of Peter is a “mask” being used to hide a much larger file, which he describes as an “immensely complex encryption key.” This is about the only information the episode offers on this topic, so start theorizing about who did this and why.
5. The “multiple Bernards” theory is gaining some legs.
Bernard’s going through something, that much is clear. His hands are shaking, he can’t remember things, and he’s having weird flashbacks. But what is he going through? An already-popular theory is that we’re not seeing one Bernard in two timelines (the one with Charlotte and the one with Strand) but that we’re actually seeing two different hosts with a Bernard-shaped body, and it might have to do with the mesh network he talked about in the first episode.
It’s so far seemed like the Charlotte/Bernard plot is taking place before the Strand/Bernard one, but this episode throws a big wrench into that. After Charlotte and Bernard find Peter, things go south and she rides away on a horse; she later comes back with a Delos team and they get Peter. Bernard ends up with Team Dolores and gets knocked out by Clem. But earlier in the episode, in the presumably more recent storyline, Strand brings post-beach Bernard to Charlotte, who at that point no longer has Peter in her possession. “Bernard, you made it out alive,” she says. “I didn’t think you had it in you.” This causes Bernard to have one of his weird glitch-out moments, as if he doesn’t remember his little Charlotte adventure at all. Is that because he’s not the Bernard who went on that mission? And if he’s not, where’s that one?
6. The samurai are coming.
Again, this was known, but it’s really happening now, if the end of the episode is any indciation. As Maeve and company are making their way through the park, they come across a sword-wielding samurai barreling toward them. Did this guy cross out of his own park like the tiger? Or has Team Maeve inadvertently wandered into Shogun World?