The 'Westworld' Terms & Conditions Reveal So Much About What The Guests Are Getting Themselves Into

I don't think it would be grandiose to say that in the digital age, one of the most frequent lies that people tell is that they actually read and understood the terms and conditions of whatever service they are signing up for online. Life is just too short for that. However, the official Discover Westworld website may have been counting on that digital age habit, because the Westworld terms and conditions for guests reveal a lot about how the park actually works, and some of them are kind of terrifying.

One would hope that guests wealthy enough to visit Westworld have good enough lawyers, or sense enough to actually read the legalese before putting down a deposit. In case you were wondering, a pretty basic week's stay at Westworld will run you just over a million dollars. Granted, we don't know how to calculate for future inflation, but that's still a pretty penny. So, when you read through these terms, ask yourself if this trip is really worth your imaginary future fortune.

Some of the terms are pretty mild. They don't want you to create derivative works (fanfiction) about your experience, for example. This website has been online for about a month, so none of this is new information. However, now that the HBO series has started and the show has introduced this world in action, some of these terms now help flesh out the world, and lend credence to fan theories that are already brewing. Here are some of the most telling highlights.

Guests Can Die In The Park, And Have


The great "how do you die by tumbleweed" mystery aside, this is quite revealing. While I can understand developing bullet technology that protects human, there are plenty of ways to die in the Old West. Another section of the Terms states that "Hosts utilize the Good SamaritanTM reflex," which along with Ashley and Elsie's conversation about weapons privileges in Episode 3, explains why the hosts are basically the least dangerous part of Westworld.

I also like that the park acknowledges non-physical dangers of participating in Westworld as well. The Man in Black alone proves the necessity of that clause.

Delos Is Prepared For Everything


This just begs the question — have all of these happened in the past?

No Selfies Allowed


This makes sense, and guests do get to keep pictures when they leave. We've already seen the havoc that one outside photo caused. This bit also gives me a sense of the outside world where Westworld takes place (unless there are multiple timelines). Virtual reality recorders and holographic recreation devices? No wonder guests crave the physical experience of this park!

How Long Can You Stay?


While many of the hosts reset after sometimes as little as a single day, guests can stay for a maximum of four weeks. Interesting that, when William arrived, there was no orientation, but there is a decompression period. I absolutely would run away to Westworld to avoid prosecution, so that's a bummer. However, this clause is most important because of the Man in Black, who has stated on Westworld that he does not intend to leave the park. Will Delos intervene when his 28 days are up? You can do a lot a damage in that time...

Don't Give Them Any Ideas, Literally


Interesting to think that a guest suggestion, or a guest experience, could become a future host narrative. Isn't it?

You Can't Take It With You


So, I guess bringing Cowboy James Marsden home with you is frowned upon. That's a shame.

Discretion Runs Deep


An earlier clause warns that human-on-human crime "may" have to be reported to the local authorities, which doesn't sound all that threatening, but this explains it further. The fact that they have resolved all crimes internally and privately is fascinating, and potentially foreshadowing what's to come.

They're Definitely Gonna Clone You


Or, at least, make a robot that looks like you. Are all of the hosts genetically based on former guests? To quote Hillary Clinton at the third presidential debate, that's... horrifying. Also, that's an insane human right to just sign away for the sake of a vacation. Are duels and legal prostitution really worth that?

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