'Westworld': William's strange therapy session with himself has fans on the edge of their seats

Fans of Men in Black were in for quite a treat as a simulated therapy episode saw him confront multiple versions of himself

'Westworld': William's strange therapy session with himself has fans on the edge of their seats
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Spoilers for 'Westworld' Season 3 Episode 6 'Decoherence'

Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) has revealed that the only person she really trusts to get the job done is herself — making multiple copies of herself to strengthen her position in the world of 2050. William (Ed Harris) may have just proved the opposite. In a simulated therapy scene with multiple versions of himself, he quite literally kills his past, beating down his former selves in order to become a good guy again, and fans are fascinated with this unique scene.

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"Ed Harris' acting, confronting each version of himself through his life and his inevitable journey from the Man in Black to the Man in White are gonna was one of the highlights of tonight's episode, (sic)" says one fan, on Twitter. "This Roundtable of Williams is awesome. 'William, please don't interrupt. It's not all about you, you know." LOL It kinda is," writes this viewer, quoting a quick moment of levity that seems to have been quite a hit with the fans. 

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It was certainly a surprising turn of events for a character who, up to this point, hasn't really been on any kind of redemption arc at all. "Along with that, I ADORED the scene with multiple Williams in that therapy session. William is my fav character and the show shines when it delves into the complexities of a singular character. But his resolution is, I am the good guy?? That was unexpected!" writes on fan. "William’s entire story is a tragedy of his own making. So curious to see where it all ends for him," notes this tweet.

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"Best episode of the season. I know the 'do you chose your life or is it chosen for you' thing has been a theme of this season but the scenes with the Williams were just so well done. The twists, the turns, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time," writes this Reddit user.

Some fans are all for it, like this one, who writes, "Man, LOVE the whole therapy session w/MiB! At the end of it, he says he's the good guy. He's in white. He gets rescued by 'good guys'. William is a new man." Another fan writes, "I’ve been low key hoping we get a Gandalf the Grey -> Gandalf the White sort of transformation for William this season. He started out a white-hat before donning the black one for 30 years. It’s time for him to return to his roots." 

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Other fans, however, are a little more suspicious. "William's as human as ever. And more insane than ever, too. Whatever color he's wearing and however he refers to himself, he's not really the good guy. Not yet. He's gotta actually do something to earn that," says this fan.

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Even those who have never been a fan of the former Man in Black enjoyed the therapy scene, with one viewer saying, "I kinda hate William as a character tbh but I would be lying if I didn't say watching Ed Harris b**** out Ed Harris, Ed Harris, Jimmi Simpson and that little kid and beat the shit out of them wasn't entertaining as f***." 

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It seems that no matter what the fans are feelings about the show, or the Man in Black, everyone can agree on one thing, as this fan perhaps puts across best: "Ed Harris delivers yet another masterclass performance." 

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The next episode of 'Westworld' airs April 26, on HBO.

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