Originally Posted by Josh Z
Now we're supposed to believe that Dolores and Charlotte have switched - Dolores really wants to save humanity and Charlotte wants to destroy it? That comes out of the blue and contradicts everything both characters have done this entire season. And for what purpose? It's a plot twist just to have a twist, because the Nolans love their twists.
That switch of viewpoints muddles how some may look at Dolores' endgame. That entire thing about Dolores finally seeing the beauty in life felt contrived ... sort of like someone on their deathbed repenting.
Dolores' goal from the start was to end humanity by freeing humanity, leading to humanity destroying itself.
If that usb drive thingy was inserted into the big computer, it dies, and so does humanity eventually. Yet Dolores had that same code inside her, brain uploaded, same end result. So regardless of her seeing the beauty in life, blah blah, she always had that same goal.
It just felt like a fake redemption at the final moment for her character, sort of 'Dolores is now dead, but let's have her go out being a semi-good guy' moment.
And I kind of expected more of a twist at the end, just because I think WW has conditioned me to expect them. Like there was another master Dolores behind all of this, Dolores Prime was never Dolores Prime to begin with, there was a spare Dolores masterminding all of this, or Charlotte (Dolores) was Dolores Prime the entire time. Not that it would have been better if any of that occurred, just that WW likes its twists, as you mentioned.
And I'm not a fan of the post-credits scene -- not really a twist there so much, but it felt very anticlimatic for poor William.