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    Updated on Aug 11, 2018. Posted on Dec 7, 2016

    This "Westworld" Fan Theory Is Either Fucking Insane Or A Huge Coincidence

    It doesn't look like anything to me. OR DOES IT?

    Tinfoil hat on? Good. Then we can begin...

    Way back in the pilot we were introduced to this photo after Dolores' father found it on their farm.

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    It was old, battered, and to the viewer – who had no fucking clue what the hell was going on – reassuringly familiar.

    It caused Peter Abernathy to, more or less, lose his mind – perhaps understandably so. Resulting in him being decommissioned by the park.

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    For a man who thought he was living in the 19th century, this photo of a woman standing in modern day Times Square with neon signs and taxis and unfamiliar clothes might well cause a guy to question a few things. And when he showed it to Dolores, "it doesn't look like anything to me" also seemed (at the time) like a perfectly acceptable response from a woman who hadn't ever seen anything like it.

    Then came Episode 9, and it was confirmed to us that the woman in the photo was, in fact, Logan's sister, Juliet. Who also happened to be William's fiancé.

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    This was also the moment that many fans' favourite theory was confirmed – that the William and Logan storyline was happening 30 years prior to everything else we were seeing on the show.

    We know now that William did indeed go on to marry her. They had a daughter. And stayed together until she died, not long before the events of the show take place.

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    In the season finale we saw the photo of Juliet fall from young William's pocket as he continues his search for Dolores, which at least explains how Peter Abernathy came to find it – in such poor condition – 30 years later.

    But, in real life, non-TV, non-robot terms, who is the woman in the photo? And will she be making an appearance on the show?

    Way back in October, just three days after the season premiered, an eagle-eyed fan made this incredible find.

    the best part of the westworld pilot is the secret stock photo cameo by america's next top model cycle 10 contestan… https://t.co/ghHdLA4ack

    Yep. The photo of "Juliet" is actually just a Getty stock image entitled: "Cab passing woman in Times Square at night."

    Erik Von Weber / Getty

    Now, a perfectly valid theory (and one that, despite evidence you're about to see, I still have) is that the showrunners just needed a photograph of a woman that looked like she could have been William's wife, so they went to a photo agency and this is what they came up with.

    The problem with this is that IF this is how it went down, it unfortunately suggests that they had (and have) no plans to pursue Juliet's backstory and bring her into the show. If they'd wanted to even leave the door open for Juliet's character, surely they'd have just used an actress and taken the photo themselves. Just in case.

    But before we accept that this is what happened, here's where it starts to get a little weird...

    Remember this shot from Episode 9? In it we see Dolores having some major flashbacks – the appearance of young-Ford confirms we're in the past. But whose name is that on the door?

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    Arnold Weber. Up until this moment we didn't know for certain that this was Arnold's surname.

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    Even though some people, somehow, had worked it out weeks ago. How? Because it's an anagram of "Bernard Lowe".

    @AnthonyHopkins spoiler alert: you made Bernard. You sick sick Frankenstein genius 😁

    That's some seriously impressive work.

    So why does that matter? Well, let's take another look at the name of the photographer who's credited on Getty.

    HBO / Erik Von Weber / Getty

    Oh. Shit.

    Surely that's a coincidence, right? Well, let's take a look at more photos on Getty that were taken by Erik Von Weber, shall we? All of the following were discovered by Reddit user MJPacino.

    In each case the photo on the left is one of Von Weber's, whilst the shot on the right is from the show.

    Erik Von Weber / Getty / HBO
    Erik Von Weber / Getty / HBO
    Erik Von Weber / Getty / HBO

    I know, right?

    Even the most (understandably) cynical would agree that the similarities are almost uncanny.

    So what about the girl in the photo? The above tweet rightly points out that it's former America's Next Top Model contestant, Claire Unabia.

    So in summary, we have two options...

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    Option 1: Needing a photo of a young woman to be William's wife, the showrunners went to Getty to find what they were looking for. It's just a normal stock image taken by a normal photographer. The fact he shares Arnold's surname, and that some photos bear a striking resemblance to the show, is just a coincidence. A fucking massive coincidence, but a coincidence nonetheless. This means Juliet probably won't be making an appearance in the show, and if she does they'll just recast her. Besides, Jimmi Simpson has already told Vanity Fair that we won't be seeing him in Season Two – suggesting from now on the show will only take place in the present day. (Note: Actors have been known to lie in the past. We're looking at you, Harington.)

    Option 2: The Getty account is a creation of the show – the coincidences are just too strong, particularly as we've already seen the showrunners have fun with the audience (such as Bernard and Arnold's names being anagrams). When it comes to Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, anything is possible. If Juliet does appear, it'll probably be the same woman from the photograph.

    For the record, I'm sold on Option 1. That's not to say this wasn't fun. But what do you think?

    1. What do you think of the photo?

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    What do you think of the photo?
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      It's too good to be a coincidence, I'm sold!
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      Very strange, but just a coincidence.
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      What have you been drinking?
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      It doesn't look like anything to me.

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