HBO’s Westworld seemingly started as a refreshing new take on the Michael Chrocton movie from 1973, with Crichton’s penchant for writing about elaborate theme park attractions turning against the guests clear in both Westworld and Jurassic Park (which he directed and then wrote respectively wrote). But the HBO version, led by Johnathon Nolan and Lisa Joy quickly revealed itself to be an in-depth look at artificial intelligence, humanity, reality, and freedom. With that development, over its first three seasons, it’s moved further and further from the park setting, with Westworld itself being almost entirely absent from the third season. But just like in the original movie, the first season revealed other parks, and through small glimpses, mentions and references we’re taking a look at Everything We Know About Westworld’s Other Parks (So Far…)
Park 1 – Westworld
The original Delos park is Westworld, the central setting for the original 1973 movie. In the show, Westworld is the main hub for Hosts gaining sentience in the first two seasons and is also revealed to be the location of secret human cloning experiments.
The HBO version of Westworld is essentially a much more elaborate and detailed version of what was first seen in the 1973 movie. The environment allows guests to live the fantasy of being in the Old American West. The park revolves around video game-esque narratives and side quests which, thanks to hundreds of life-like robotic ‘hosts’, immerse the guests in storylines such as bounty hunting for outlaws, shootouts and dawn, prostitutes, and in some cases love.
The starting point for Westworld is arriving at the small and relatively quaint town of Sweetwater, via train. From there, guests can work their way through several narratives in and around Sweetwater or journey out to more severe and dangerous areas like Pariah.
Westworld is the home to notable hosts like Teddy, Maeve, Clementine, Lawrence, and Dolores Abernathy, the original host that Arnold Weber and Robert Ford, the park’s creators, brought to life.
It is also the first park that William visited with his soon to be brother-in-law Logan Delos. The park transformed William from a timid and humble young man into a ruthless businessman, thanks to him falling in love with Dolores, only to be emotionally crippled when he realised she wasn’t real (or so it seemed to him at the time).
Years after William took over Delos and encouraged even more investment in the parks, and he began working on transferring a version of a human brain into a host body, essentially creating immortality. The main test subject was William’s father-in-law James Delos, but after years of development, and the death of his wife, William decided that his plans for human immortality needed to end, and set out to destroy the Forge (where the digital copies of every guest’s data and DNA had been stored).
Around that same time Robert Ford, who had over the years come to agree with his old partner Arnold Weber’s ideas of Host freedom set in motion a plan that would allow the hosts, or at least a portion of them, to gain sentience and free themselves. This began slowly, with several anomalies, but grew into fruition with Ford’s death and the massacre of the Delos board (as seen at the end of Season 1). Following the massacre, Westworld and all other Delos parks were closed to the public.
Park 2 – Shogun World
Based on Edo feudal Japan Shogun World is specially designed for park guests who find Westworld too tame. The park recycles some storylines and general layouts from Westworld, with its version of Westworld’s brothel, the Mariposa, similar characters and similar storylines.
The more unique narratives for Shogunworld include a Shogun camped outside of the central Sweetwater equivalent, a quest that involves some of the Shogun’s men attacking the Mariposa, ninja’s, Geisha, samurai, ronin, and some more intense and violent characters than guests could find in Westworld.
Ford’s plans for the Hosts caused less self-discovery than in Westworld, and instead simply caused many hosts to alter their own loops. They were, however, like in Park 1, able to kill humans which included a Delos security team. This coupled with the Shogun being damaged and leaking cortical fluid resulted in a very dangerous foray into Shogunworld for Maeve and her entourage in Season 2.
Park 3 – Warworld
The third park is Warworld, which puts guests in the middle of an Italian town under occupation by Nazi’s. Although confirmed by the Delos Destinations Website as Park 3, viewers haven’t seen the park itself on-screen, only simulations of it. This was through Maeve, who was repeatedly put into versions of the park during Season 3 (although the implication is that this is a perfect digital copy of the park).
In Westworld a large part of the adventure is based around the guest choosing to be a “White Hat” or a “Black Hat”, and so it’s unclear if guests would be allowed to choose between being an allied spy or soldier, or actually be a Nazi in Warworld. But knowing the likely clientele and the park’s mantra of leaving reality behind, it is a disturbing possibility.
Much like in Shogunworld, Warworld has it’s own version of the Mariposa. The bar is named Farfalla, which is Italian for Butterfly, with Mariposa being the Spanish translation.
The Warworld version of Hector (Ettore) seen in the simulation during the third season’s second episode, The Winter Line, calls Maeve Isabella. Isabella was part of Hector’s Westworld backstory mentioned in Season 1, which audiences later found out was based on one of Lee Sizemore’s ex-girlfriends.
Park 4 – Medieval World
Other than Westworld the only park from the 1973 film to return in the HBO series is Medieval World. In the original movie, the park allows its guests to play out their medieval fantasies while interacting with dangerous Black Knights and Royalty.
In the HBO version all viewers get to see is some costumes, and hosts practising a Medieval version of the Westworld music, but little of the world itself.
We know that the Medieval World has at least some Game of Thrones references, with Drogon himself appearing as a huge dragon host. The Medieval World scene also appropriately features a cameo from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B Weiss who are Medieval world technicians. Deepening the easter egg further is how they mention taking some host data and tech and setting up a private park off the coast of Costa Rica, which is where Jurassic Park takes place.
Park 5 – A Military Training Park
On the Delos Destination website before the end of Season 3 Park 5 was simply marked as “Reservations are closed to the Public”. But the final episode of Season 3 reveals that Park 5 was used as a training facility for the US Military. Not much is seen but it shows a modern setting, with some familiar hosts like Dolores, and hostage scenarios for the soldiers to train.
This is where Dolores first met Caleb, and thus why she decides he should be the one to lead humanity’s revolution in Season 3.
Park 6 – The Raj
The sixth and final park is The Raj, which allows its guests, already the elite, to experience living in imperial India while exploring and hunting extinct animals. The Raj perhaps totals to what is the most in your face flaunting of what many of Delos’ customers want, domination and destruction.
The Raj promises the ability to hunt and experience creatures no longer in existence in the real world, which perhaps includes Tigers, but as confirmed in Season 3, certainly includes elephants.
Ford’s Reveries, like in Shogunworld, seemingly only destroyed The Raj, with hosts turning on human guests and murdering them. William’s daughter Emily was a guest in the park at the time and managed to survive the Host uprising to make her way to Westworld (only to be murdered by her father, who believed she is a Host).
For more Westworld check out our full timeline of the events so far Here.