westworld dissonance theory

We’re knee-deep into season one of Westworld and HBO’s new science fiction series has made a habit out of asking big questions, offering complicated answers, and generally being one of the most promising, intriguing, and downright entertaining new shows of the year. The fact that I can write nearly 4,000 words dissecting a single episode is evidence of that. The fact that we can discuss the show’s philosophical implications and then pivot to talk about the show’s crazy mysteries reminds me Lost‘s heyday and that’s only a good thing – if Westworld can deliver as much joy as that series did throughout its run, I can deal with the frustrating hiccups that will surely arise every now and again.

A new batch of images from the fourth episode of the season, titled “Dissonance Theory,” have arrived online, teasing which characters and storylines will be touched upon in the coming hour.

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ti west interview

Director Ti West tries his hand at a new genre with In a Valley of the Violence. The director of The House of the DevilThe Innkeepers, and The Sacrament has made a Western with attitude and plenty of personality. The revenge tale stars Ethan Hawke as Paul, a dangerous and tortured loner seeking revenge. He’ll stop at nothing to get his hands on his dog’s killers, Gilly (James Ransone) and his gang.

Paul’s motivation couldn’t be cleaner or more to the point. In a Valley of Violence is a blast of simplicity. This isn’t a movie that wastes any time, as West’s story builds towards a bloody, darkly funny finale that puts John Travolta to great use as a hilariously sympathetic antagonist. West, who typically makes audiences squirm, has crafted his most crowd-pleasing film to date.

The writer-director recently spoke with us about Jeff Grace‘s score, Ethan Hawke and John Travolta’s performances, Neal Jonas‘ striking opening credits, and his love for opening title sequences. Below, read our Ti West interview.

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Westworld is certainly a show that presents the audience with many mysteries and just as many questions, something we’ve come to expect from Bad Robot and Jonathan Nolan. We’re only three episodes into the first season of this HBO series adaptation, and already we’ve seen our fair share of Westworld theories. Some theories question the location and time of this story, while others try to draw connections between the characters. Some of the most exciting theories may already be debunked (or were they?)  . And other theories have been directly addressed by the showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy Nolan, who would neither confirm or deny your assumptions.

With a couple of days to digest the third episode, “The Stray,” we have rounded up a new batch of Westworld theories for you to consider. In this edition we ask the big question of “Who is Arnold?” and how will his presence impact the future of this series? Also, where does the Maze lead and how does the constellation of Orion connect with what we know so far about the Westworld backstory? All this and more, after the jump.

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westworld man in black theory

Like the robots at the center of the plot, Westworld constantly asks the viewer to examine the nature of the show’s reality. Usually, these questions stem from plot threads that demand further exploration, like what actually happened to Arnold, the mysterious co-founder of Westworld whose existence has been scrubbed from the park’s official history. Other questions deal with the logistics of the park itself, specifically where this massive place could possibly be located (especially since it’s difficult to communicate with the outside world and the staff is required to live on site and rotate out every few months).

Those discussions have emerged from dialogue and plot threads on the show, with the series inviting analysis because of something a character says or, more often, something they do not say. One of the strangest conversations surrounding Westworld feels like a shot in the dark, albeit a fascinating shot in the dark that has just enough evidence to make sense. And the latest episode, “The Stray,” either proves it to be true or…proves it to be untrue.

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Borrowed Time short film

Pixar has a well-earned reputation for a willingness to go dark. The first 20 minutes of Up can reduce even the most stoic men and women to tears, and Toy Story 3 gets scarier than most PG-13 blockbusters. Heck, the studio once released an entire film about the importance of feeling bad sometimes. But there’s territory so poignant even Pixar won’t go there. So Pixar animators do so in their downtime instead.

Borrowed Time is a short film from co-directors Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, who’ve been chipping away at this project on the side while spending their days on movies like Inside Out and Brave. Set in the Old West, it follows an aging sheriff filled with regret and guilt over one tragic memory from his youth. It’s meticulously designed and deeply emotional, like Pixar’s best work, but with a more mature vibe. Oh, and best of all, it’s available to watch for free for a limited time. Hit the jump to check it out right now.  Read More »

DELOS Westworld location theory

Episode 3 of Westworld aired last night, adding more mystery and asking more questions. Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have responded to the long-running fan theory about Westworld’s location. Hit the jump to ride the train into Sweetwater and find out what the Nolans have to say about the infamous Westworld location theory.

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Welcome back to our weekly deep dive into HBO’s Westworld, where we ask 10 questions about the latest episode. Some questions are literal and others rhetorical. Some have answers and others do not. A few of them are just excuses to talk about an aspect of the show that demands our attention.

This week: “The Stray,” an episode that shed light on Westworld’s past while promising a dark future.

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Westworld Episode 4 trailer

We are three weeks into Westworld, and it has already become my new obsession. HBO has released a sneak preview of the fourth episode of the series, “Dissonance Theory.” Hit the jump to watch the Westworld episode 4 trailer, read the official synopsis and learn more.

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westworld theories

After the first episode of Westworld aired, we became inundated with fan theories. Some of the Westworld theories were rather unlikely, others possibly mind-blowing. Showrunner Jonathan Nolan has even debunked a few of them. Well now that Episode 2 has aired, there are a whole batch of new Westworld theories, some of them just as crazy and intriguing as the others we’ve posted. So please join us as we head back down the rabbit hole and look at some mind-blowing possibilities.

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While HBO hasn’t officially renewed Westworld for a second season yet, showrunner Jonathan Nolan says they’ve already started work planning the story for Westworld season 2. Along with his co-showrunner and wife Lisa Joy Nolan, they teased what we can expect from the second season and debunked a couple of fan theories.

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