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Watching the latest episode of Westworld, I came up with a new theory which may explain the background and motivations behind Ed Harris‘ The Man in Black. While I don’t believe there is enough evidence just yet, I get a sense that the story may be headed in this direction. So grab your white or black hat, and board the train into Sweetwater with me.

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In today’s edition of Westworld Bits:

  • Actor Jimmi Simpson discusses William’s backstory.
  • Is The Man in Black a terrible gamer?
  • Director Vincenzo Natali (Splice) talks about making the most recent episode of Westworld.
  • Westworld Tech cake.
  • And more.

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Decoding Westworld S1E04 – Dissonance Theory


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.

Find more episodes of the podcast at decodingwestworld.com. Feel free to email us your theories at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail.com.
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After the second episode of Westworld aired, a fan theory popped up that was potentially mindblowing. The subsequent episodes have completely disproved the theory (unless they haven’t, see here and here). And now showrunner Jonathan Nolan and actor Jimmi Simpson are finally commenting on the most popular Westworld theory. Hit the jump to learn what they said.

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Westworld Episode 4

The fourth episode of Westworld‘s first season, titled “Dissonance Theory,” was another barn-burning hour of television filled with so many details and moments worth considering that ten questions simply doesn’t feel like enough. But we have a format, and we’re sticking to it. As with past weeks, the questions raised here are rhetorical and literal, with some having easy answers, some ending in pure speculation, and others merely existing as an excuse to talk about a particular scene or character.

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Westworld Episode 5 Trailer
Before Westworld made its world premiere on HBO, journalists, critics, and bloggers were given screener of the first four episodes of the new Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy television series. But now that the fourth episode of Westworld aired last night, we are all on the exact same train heading into uncharted territory on ominous DELOS park map. But we have a glimpse into the future thanks to HBO’s Westworld episode 5 trailer. Get a sneak peek at”Contrapasso” after the jump, alongside some more information on next week’s episode.

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In this edition of Westworld Bits:

  • Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy talk about that gruesome “self-sabotage” scene.
  • Yes, Dolores is supposed to look like a Disney princess.
  • Read the script for Dolores’ loop and check out an underground park map.
  • A video explores Westworld’s visual symmetry.
  • A deep dive into the design of Westworld and its visual effects.
  • Could Game of Thrones ever crossover with Westworld?

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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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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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