The “Westworld” fan theories are expanding into the real world. The latest: Does the HBO mystery Western have a connection to a Getty Images photographer?
The rather convoluted theory was kicked off when a fan noticed that a pivotal photo used in the show — of a woman standing in Times Square later revealed to be William’s fiancée – was actually a stock photo found easily with a search on Getty.
This led to further investigation by the fandom’s dogged detectives, who realized that the Getty photographer who took the image is named Erik von Weber, and Weber just happens to be the last name of Arnold (Jeffrey Wright), the park’s original engineer, who was later reborn as a host named Bernard Lowe, an anagram of his true name.
A Reddit user goes on to pull several photos from Weber’s Getty stock image collection, showing off similarities to various “Westworld” motifs, leading fans to wonder whether showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy created the photographer and his Getty account themselves.
Is your head spinning yet? Luckily, it’s a long year until “Westworld” Season 2, so now is the time to let all your craziest fan theories fly.