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Joanna and David recap the eighth episode of the first season of Westworld, “Trace Decay.” Also: episode co-writer Charles Yu joins us to discuss his thoughts on AI, breaking the story for this episode, and the state of Westworld fandom on the internet.

Be sure to check out Joanna Robinson’s recap of the episode and also check out Jacob Hall’s recap.

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Decoding Westworld S1E07 – Trompe L’oeil

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Joanna and David recap the seventh episode of the first season of Westworld, “Trompe L’oeil.” Read Joanna’s recap of the episode here and read our recap by Jacob Hall here.

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Decoding Westworld S1E06 – The Adversary

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David Chen and Joanna Robinson recap the sixth episode of the first season of Westworld, “The Adversary.” Be sure to see David’s video essay about the multiple timeline theory, and Joanna’s breakdown of the biggest mysteries behind Westworld.

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I’m five episodes into HBO’s Westworld and I’m already hooked for life. The show is not only technically dazzling but also thought-provoking in how it raises issues surrounding A.I., game design, morality, and what it means to be human.

One of the most interesting elements of the show is how it plays with the audience’s sense of reality. Many scenes (particularly “diagnostic” scenes featuring Dolores) are introduced with with zero context, while several of the hosts such as Dolores and Maeve start to encounter hallucinations and visions from the past(?), causing them to deviate from their “loop.”

Through all of this, one major fan theory has emerged: Westworld is actually taking place in two separate time periods, and this fact is being concealed with some skillful editing. Below, I edit together some video evidence of the non-linear timeline theory. Note that there are SPOILERS through this week’s episode of Westworld.
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David Chen and Joanna Robinson recap the fifth episode of the first season of Westworld, “Contrapasso.” Also, David interviews Vincenzo Natali, director of last week’s episode, “Dissonance Theory.”

Be sure to read Joanna’s new theory about the two timelines, Matt Singer’s recap of the episode, Alan Sepinwall’s thoughts on the dangers of twist-based storytelling, and Jacob Hall’s recap of the episode.

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Decoding Westworld S1E04 – Dissonance Theory

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David Chen and Joanna Robinson recap the fourth episode of the first season of Westworld, “Dissonance Theory.” Be sure to read how the Man in Black is a bad gamer.

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Decoding Westworld S1E03 – The Stray

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David Chen and Joanna Robinson recap the third episode of the first season of Westworld, “The Stray.” Be sure to read Jacob’s recap of the episode, Joanna’s recap of the episode, and 5 theories about Arnold.

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Decoding Westworld S1E02 – Chestnut

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David Chen and Joanna Robinson are launching a new podcast about the HBO original series WestWorld! In this episode, they review the second episode of the first season, “Chestnut.”

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Announcing a New Podcast – Decoding Westworld

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David Chen and Joanna Robinson are launching a new podcast about the HBO original series WestWorld! In this episode, they review the series premiere and discuss their favorite theories.

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