Meaning and video of the end of the song


The ending song of S4E7 Westworld is all about William. (HBO)

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Westworld Season 4 Episode 7 was a phenomenal penultimate episode for the fourth season. And the ending was absolute perfection, with the ending song S4E7. Learn more about “The Man Who Sold the World” and its meaning for the episode.

The final song was “The Man Who Sold the World” by David Bowie

Is William a host on Westworld?  (HBO)
Is William a host on Westworld? (HBO)

Most of the standout songs we enjoyed in Season 4 were Ramin Djawadi’s covers of popular or iconic musical pieces. But the ending song of S4E7 was different. This one, “The Man Who Sold the World”, was the original version.

Here is the original version by David Bowie:

Here is an official clip from Nirvana:

Here are the lyrics:

We went up the stairs
We talked about was and when
Even though I wasn’t there
He said I was his friend
who came as a surprise
I spoke in her eyes
I thought you died alone
a very long time ago

Oh no, not me
I never lost control
You are face to face
With the man who sold the world

I laughed and shook his hand
And I went home
I searched for form and earth
For years and years I wandered
I watched a look without a look
To all the millions here
I had to die alone
a very long time ago

Who knows?
Not me
We never lost control
You are face to face
With the man who sold the world

The song was originally released in 1970 by David Bowie. According to Wikipedia, it was not a great success at first. Nirvana released a cover of it in 1993.

SongFacts says the song is about a man who “no longer recognizes himself and feels bad about it”. Part of the lyrics are based on the poem “The Psychoed” by Hugh Mearns.

SongMeanings says about the piece: it “is about a man who is shocked to meet the other version of himself or his personality that he thought had been suppressed.”

Considering the episode ending with host William fully embracing his previously abandoned sociopathic side and selling out the world in the process, the song seems like a perfect fit.

Fans loved the song from the episode

William on Westworld (HBO)
William on Westworld (HBO)

The song was the perfect choice to end S4E7 of Westworld.

The man (in black) who sold the world of Western world

Fans commented on how iconic the song was, against the backdrop of the world descending into chaos as William shot the hosts and ignited the doomsday match.

On Reddit, a fan wrote: “Man, the perspective at one point in this shot is crazy!”

They commented on how unusual it was to hear the original version of a song on Westworld (in this case, David Bowie’s) rather than a cover.

However, some fans believe that changes have been made to this mix.

Several standout tracks have already captured fans’ imaginations, including S4E1’s ending song. In S4E3, we enjoyed beautiful piano renditions of Bad Guy and Enter Sandman.

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Stephanie Dwilson started Post Apocalyptic Media with her husband Derek. Her all-time favorite shows are Attack on Titan, Battlestar Galactica and Lost, and she’s always happy to talk about her cats. 🙂 She is a licensed lawyer (currently not practicing) and holds a master’s degree in science and technology journalism.

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