How Robert Ford has been making William dance to his tune in Westworld

The latest episode of Westworld shows how Robert Ford had been playing mind games with William, The Man in Black.


                            How Robert Ford has been making William dance to his tune in Westworld
(Source: IMDb)

The latest episode of Westworld not only proved that the fan theory about William being The Man in Black was indeed correct but also showed us how the transformation took place. For years, Wiliam was searching for a way to bring an end to the game in order to get back at Robert Ford for taking everything from him. However, little did he know that he was the one being played by Robert and it wasn't the other way around.

"Vanishing Point" gives us an idea about the goal of William and what he hopes to find in his journey to the center of the game. “Nothing’s stopping me from getting to the end. Not another one of (Ford’s) games. I make my own decisions, and I’m gonna destroy this whole fuckin’ place!” he says in the game, as reported by Nerdist. But this is where he goes wrong as all this while we see that William has indeed been dancing to the tune of Robert. 

We see that in the hopes of finding the answers to his question and the meaning of his existence, William is made to believe that everything in the world of Westworld is controlled by Robert. This idea takes control of him to the extent that he believes his daughter, Emily, is also a host that has been programmed by Robert to end him. Even though Emily tries to confront William about Westworld being only a world that has been made to satisfy his requirements it all seems like a lost cause as he is not ready to listen. 

William starts to believe that he is the ultimate being in the world of Westworld and that the place is created by him and for him.

Well, we all know Robert will not let anyone have that. What better way for him to show William his real place than to make him a slave of the game itself? We see that Robert ensures William knows that he exists for Westworld and it is not the other way around.

Through this, Robert has been able to rob William of everything he has ever had in life. Right from losing everyone he has ever cared about to doubting his own sanity, Robert has got the revenge he always hoped to have. In fact, even though William believes he is one step ahead of the game, little does he realize that Robert has been everywhere. He has taken control of his mind in a way that William is forced to believe that anything and everything in the world is related to Robert. Without being there present physically, Robert has managed to take control of William in ways he cannot imagine. 

Even though time and again William screams “I make my own decisions,” we see it is a delusion he has been living with as he was unable to feel the emotions of killing his own daughter. Being lost in the idea of destroying “this whole f**kin’ place,” William has forgotten how he is getting involved more in the game and it is not him who is making the decision, but Robert who has been playing with his mind.