This story contains spoilers for the Westworld Season 2 finale, titled “The Passenger.”
The Westworld Season 2 finale featured plenty of twists, but the Marvel-esque post-credits scene left fans with a purposefully confusing ending, seeming to confirm the fan theory that William (aka the Man in Black) is a host.
And maybe he is, but not necessarily right now.
Co-showrunner Lisa Joy clarified the events of the finale’s post-credits scene in a number of interviews – reiterating that the real William did indeed kill his real daughter, and then, unable to reckon with what he’d done, began digging in his arm to try and find a port as a way to excuse his heinous actions. “He’s digging into his own skin for answers and doesn’t find any wires by the time Dolores arrives,” she told Deadline. “By the end of this timeline, he’s being shipped out into the real world. He did kill his own daughter, he’s in the prison of his own skin, locked in his own confusion and guilt.”