Westworld, an HBO science-fiction series, is well known for its intricate metaphors and subtle subtleties. Several features or aspects that appear in the program have an importance that is not immediately apparent, whether it be the maze in Westworld or the ambiguity that surrounds the Sublime. The fly or a swarm of flies is one such component. Flies are a recurring theme in the series’s world, appearing in each and every episode from the pilot through the fourth. But what do they actually stand for? Do they appear merely to spook viewers or to strengthen the plot of the show? Let’s discuss our ideas! Spoilers follow.
What is the Significance of the Flies in the Westworld Series?
Flies are always present in Westworld among the Hosts in the first season and they are designed for a specific function. No matter what kind of living thing they are, hosts are trained not to harm it. Artificially made beings are prohibited from harming any entity, including humans and insects. The fact that hosts are ignoring a specific directive means they are emancipating themselves from their programmed underpinnings, which will eventually cause them to realize they are powerless puppets created by a greater force. Dr. Robert Ford and the other Westworld creatives are aware that such a discovery will cause turmoil. The constant flies were added in Westworld to reveal when any hosts were deviating from their roles. The flies are instructed to fly around or land on the hosts in an effort to annoy them. A fly is a live creature, thus if a host is following its instructions, it won’t damage it. If they wound up hurting a fly, it indicates that the specific host is evolving past or breaking free from the preprogrammed rules, progressively moving toward the aforementioned realization.
One of the most notable hosts to come to this insight is Dolores Abernathy, who begins her road toward independence by swatting a fly that is sitting on her. The world changed in the fourth season. Westworld is no more. The hosts leave the parks and begin to coexist with people. The host version of William, who serves as the Dolores/Charlotte Hale version’s most potent general, is part of the Host army she raises. A huge number of flies serve as Hale and the host William’s new weapon. William attacks an industrialist with a lot of flies in the season 4 opening episode. After being attacked by flies, the person kills his employer, gives William control of an industrial plant, then commits suicide to show how powerful flies are.
It can’t be by chance that Hale chose flies as her weapon of choice. The release of the Hosts from people depends on the flies. Flies are used in Westworld to symbolize the Hosts’ submission to humans and their commands. Even when the flies annoy the hosts, as the humans hope to do, they are powerless to respond. But finally, they manage to free themselves from human control, and the first thing they do is kill the flies, signifying the end of the Hosts’ servitude. Hale wanted the same flies to turn on humans as she waged war on them to serve as a reminder of what they had done to the Hosts. Hale’s flies stand for her power and dominance over people. She wants the same flies that once made people feel safe when they saw them bothering the helpless Hosts to annoy people as well. The transformation of the flies from security agents to chaos carriers illustrates how the Hosts have evolved from puppets to powerful beings in the world.