Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Living... comfortably. William works at the successful company called Delos and lives a life of relative luxury.  

Visiting... the expansive Western theme park Westworld. The immersive park is full of realistic looking android “hosts” who inhabit the world and act out various narratives within it. The guests are free to kiss, kill, and interact with the hosts however they wish. Although the park is full of violence and aggression, the hosts can’t actually hurt the human guests.    

Profession... Executive Vice President of the Delos company. William’s high-powered career allows him to afford a trip to Westworld, which is accessible only to the uber wealthy. His company also owns a share of the park.

Interests... storytelling. William’s always been fascinated by stories. As he explains, “The only thing I had when I was a kid were books. I used to live in them. I used to go to sleep dreaming I'd wake up inside one of them 'cause they had meaning.” While other guests are happy to use Westworld as their personal playground, William is curious about the detailed “narratives” at play within the park. He wants to find out what they mean.

Relationship Status... engaged. In fact, William’s trip to Westworld is designed as his bachelor party. He’s taken there by his soon-to-be brother-in-law Logan, who is a Westworld regular. Assertive Logan wants William to indulge in all of park’s pleasures, but William would prefer to stay faithful to his future wife Juliet. 

Challenge... finding his voice. William isn’t one to stand up for himself. When they first arrive at the park, he lets Logan push him around and bully him for refusing to sleep with a host. But the more time he spends in Westworld, the more he starts to find his voice. That’s particularly true once he meets Dolores, a beautiful host with a thoughtful demeanor whom he feels compelled to protect.

Personality... soft-spoken, intellectual, and kind. Timid, bookish William is more of a lover than a fighter. He’s a fundamentally moral and empathetic person who’s inherently uncomfortable with a world as aggressive as Westworld. But William has a romantic side and when allowed to play the hero, he gets swept up in the excitement of it. Intellectually he knows the park isn’t real, but once he has a taste of the power and freedom it offers him, he finds it hard to let that go. 


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