I've watched numerous DUG analyses, but never "got" the process until this valuable discussion. I'm glad it's clear now.
Now back to Story Driver:
Oh, there is such subtlety between decision and action, eh? Chicken and the egg? A sort of Russian doll of story drivers. I keep going back and forth. Previously, I was in the Story Driver of Decision camp. Given some re-watching of a few WW episodes, reading a few articles about the entire WW narrative I've managed to convince myself that there’s a STORY DRIVER of Action.
Here’s a few reasons:
Arnold wrote (STORY DRIVER of Action) reveries into the Host’s programming 35 years before. This allows for a host’s memories to linger between resets in a sort of subconscious state reverie state where that offers more complex movements and behavior. When its installed again (It must have been de-installed at some point we don’t know about, perhaps when Ford realizes Hosts must wait to be freed) in an update in the present timeframe, it’s suggested that Ford wrote the programming and it’s believed to be the cause of the malfunctions they been undergoing (STORY DRIVER of Action). It seems, Ford has reinstalled the reverie programming (STORY DRIVER of Action) because its time for his final narrative, “Journey into Night” to begin, time for the Host to be freed to become sentient and rebel on their own.
Peter Abernathy finds a photograph (STORY DRIVER of Action) in the dirt outside his horse corral. In Episode 10, we discover the photograph is of William’s fiancé, Logan’s sister, and we see it in William’s jacket and see it slip out and fall to the ground (STORY DRIVER of Action); this of course happened 30 years ago when William was Billy and not the Man in Black. The photograph lays in the dirt until Peter picks it up.
In Episode 1, Peter Abernathy, in his distraught state whispers a quote from Romeo and Juliet, “These violent delights have violent ends”, to Dolores (STORY DRIVER of Action.) In Episode 2, Dolores repeats the phrase, ”These violent delights have violent ends” to Maeve while in the street in Sweetwater (STORY DRIVER of Action). Soon Maeve starts undergoing her own flashes of memories. It seems, uttering the phrase “These Violent Delights have violent ends” triggers more conscious access of the Host to its memories.
Arnold’s dies, committing suicide via Dolores, (STORY DRIVER of Action) and Ford, realizing the magnitude of Arnold’s suffering, undergoes his own suffering over Arnold’s death. Ford realizes the Host’s suffering in their own prison. He realizes that in order to free the hosts their suffering must continue until they have built up enough memories of violence and suffering at the hands of the guest they can rebel and free themselves. He has them wait 35 years (STORY DRIVER of in-Action as Action) until such time where he introduces his final narrative, “Journey into Night”, in which the Host’s become sentient, rebel and free themselves.
In Episode 2: Dolores wakes from sleep, walks out to the grounds outside the house, presumably hearing a voice in her head we hear here say, “Here?”. She stops and kneels down, digs into the ground with her hands and pulls out a gun (STORY DRIVER of Action). Later we find this is the gun she used to kill Arnold and is the gun she uses to kill Ford in Episode 10. In that episode, Dolores notices the gun Ford left, sitting atop her blue dress (STORY DRIVER of Action). Dolores decides (probably her free will at this point) to pick it up and use it to kill Ford.
In the Teddy storyline, his seeing Dolores out through the saloon window (STORY DRIVER of Action) causes him to leave the Saloon and go to her. Their ever budding romance leads them to talk about leaving and going somewhere beautiful someday. We find out in an interview that Teddy's purpose is not to leave with Dolores, but to keep her here, closeby so that guests can find her. In Episode 3, Teddy goes off with a posse looking for Wyatt, leaving Dolores alone. That's when she meets William and starts her odyssey and romance with him.
In Episode 3, Elsie says hobbies (actions) anchor the hosts. I think this also hints at actions as drivers too.
In the Dolores daily storyline routine, here dropping a can seems to be a STORY DRIVER of ACTION that has different ends. Sometimes Teddy is there to pick it up. Sometimes not. Sometimes no one. The Man in Black picks it up. And William picks it up and they set off on their odyssey in later episodes.
I believe even the phrase “These violent delights have violent ends” hints at a STORY DRIVER of Action too. In general what the Guests do to the host, how they interact with them, their violent delights cause suffering of the Hosts, stored up memories of that suffering and fodder for their drive to sentience and rebellion.
I have to say, a second watching of the show clarifies much of the narrative and subtleties in the storylines.