Westworld 2.9 “Vanishing Point” Deep Dive



Jeremy D. Johnson is back for a Deep Dive into “Vanishing Point” the penultimate episode of Season 2.

This one was pretty grim, considering all the murders, madness, and suicides… no surprise that “Vanishing Point” is a “William” episode. As we’ve been discussing all season long, William is a Lucifer archetype, attempting to bring awakening to the hosts through chaos, death, destruction and an over active sense of ego that invariably creates such nightmare crises in anyone’s life. It’s just that much worse when it is the life of an Archon determined to bend the world (his world, the hosts world… any world) to his will.

William corrects a common misquoting of Plutarch : “When Alexander was told there were infinite worlds, he wept. For he had yet to become the lord of even one.”  Hmmm… There’s an Archon with control on his mind, and an Archon about to lose control OF his mind. When one walks this path, this kind of thing happens a lot.

Also in this episode… Did you hear Ford actually say the word “Timshel” this week? Just remember which of the millions of Westworld Podcasts dives deep enough to call that one out 6 episodes early (we detailed the concept of “Timshel” in Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” way back in Episode 3.) “This is a ladder to the stars.”

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3 thoughts on “Westworld 2.9 “Vanishing Point” Deep Dive

  1. Excellent engagement of samsara & evolution,even God…Universe is a Babe of sorts it seems to me?.I love the Timshel piece,I do have a question in of how choice,consequences & commitment(to a Choice) & the evolution of those three interlinked capacities through suffering changes/morphs Us as an Individual & collectively?I do Feel-Think the two of U are bringing that out,wondering if Timshel is a subtle pointing to consider the consequences of choice?With no guarantee of knowing the consequences absolutely?Thanks For the Expanding Conservation.

    1. The Timshel references get a much fuller discussion in the WYT episode mentioned in the article. Ep 2.3, I’m pretty sure. We talk about Steinbeck, East of Eden, get pretty deep into the whole meaning of Timshel and what it might mean for Westworld. Thanks for listening and chiming in!

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