I’m not above copying an idea, and what works for Game of Thrones can work for Westworld. This is assuming that Season 2 doesn’t go off the rails after three episodes only to rebound in the last five minutes of the season (cough, Season One, cough).
That said, the Robot Apocalypse Power Rankings are nigh. Repent!
1. Robert Ford
Fire me will you? How about I kill everyone (including me) with my evil robot creations! Muhahahahahaha!
While Dolores is a robot, her insatiable thirst for vengeance is an entirely human reaction to a lifetime of being tortured, raped, and murdered every day. She’s become Skynet from The Terminator (1984) and the Maschinenmensch from Metropolis (1927) all rolled into one.
What Lee, the buffoon writer, doesn’t get is that Maeve doesn’t care if her child isn’t really “her child.” She’s found purpose, and that purpose is recusing the one good thing she found in her entire screwed up existence.
4. William, the Man in Black
Ford respected William more than any non-Arnold human. Ford’s crescendo is murderous, suicidal, and specifically designed to give William exactly what he wants.
5. Karl Strand
New character alert! Strand is the leader of the group that Delos has charged with cleaning up Ford’s mess. He has lots of guns and soldiers! What could possibly go wrong?
Things aren’t going well for our robot/clone/whatever. There’s only one reason why he’s ahead of Charlotte.
7. Charlotte Hale
Bernard is still alive in the “flash forward” scenes, helping Strand. I don’t see Charlotte.
Poor Teddy. Designed to be the Ned Stark of this world.
Also receiving votes: Hector, Ashley Stubbs, Lee Sizemore, Elsie Hughes, Arnold, Armistice the Snake Woman, Young William, Clementine, dead tigers, the Sea, Chinese island making technology, Ser Pounce, and a feast for robot vultures.
(C) 2018 D.G. McCabe