Westworld (2016– )
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The Original 

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The park staff begin to notice strange behavior from the hosts; A mysterious Man in Black roams the park, wreaking havoc.


Jonathan Nolan


Jonathan Nolan (created for television by), Lisa Joy (created for television by) | 6 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Rachel Wood ... Dolores Abernathy
Thandie Newton ... Maeve Millay
Jeffrey Wright ... Bernard Lowe
James Marsden ... Teddy Flood
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal ... Armistice
Luke Hemsworth ... Ashley Stubbs
Sidse Babett Knudsen ... Theresa Cullen
Simon Quarterman ... Lee Sizemore
Rodrigo Santoro ... Hector Escaton
Angela Sarafyan ... Clementine Pennyfeather
Shannon Woodward ... Elsie Hughes
Ed Harris ... Man in Black
Anthony Hopkins ... Dr. Robert Ford
Louis Herthum ... Peter Abernathy
Steven Ogg ... Rebus


As another day of fantasy plays out in Westworld - a vast, remote park where guests pay top dollar to share wild-west adventures with android "hosts" - top programmer Bernard Lowe alerts park founder Dr. Robert Ford about incidents of aberrant behavior cropping up in some recently re-coded hosts. Meanwhile, in the Westworld town of Sweetwater, a rancher's daughter named Dolores encounters a gunslinger named Teddy in the street - but their predictable narrative is upended by the appearance of a ruthless Man in Black and, later, by a supporting host's unscripted encounter with an artifact of the outside world.

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Release Date:

2 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some of the songs played in the episode are period piece covers of popular rock songs including "Black Hole Sun" and "Paint it Black". See more »


When the Man in Black shot Teddy and started dragging Dolores to the barn, the camera catches close up of Teddy's pupil. Teddy's pupil showed the reflection of the Man in Black dragging Dolores and closing the barn door. However, this reflection is not left-right flipped image of the view while it should have been if it were true reflection. See more »


[first lines]
[dark room, all lines voice-over]
Bernard Lowe: Bring her back online.
[a ring of light appears, scarcely illuminating a blond female form. More lights turn on behind, straight segments surrounding areas containing more halo-like lights]
Bernard Lowe: Can you hear me?
[the light over the female brightens. Though still draped in shadow, she is unmistakably nude]
Dolores Abernathy: [In Western accent] Yes. I'm sorry. I'm... not feelin' quite myself.
Bernard Lowe: You can lose the accent. Do you know where you are?
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Crazy Credits

In Loving Memory Eddie Rouse 1954-2014 See more »


Referenced in City Slickers in Westworld (2017) See more »


Black Hole Sun
Written by Chris Cornell
Piano Cover performed by Ramin Djawadi
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Pretty fine introduction to the show.

Westworld has quickly become one of HBO's breakout hits. The show's not even two years old yet and it's still attracting new viewers who probably never saw the original film from 1973. The series is a serialised take on the original movie and tells a completely different story from it, but keeps the same philosophical questions and dilemmas in place.

'The Original' shows us that Westworld is a holiday attraction that's like the world's most seamless video game experience except the whole theme park consists of robots who actually believe they're part of the American Old West. This introductory episode is a beautifully shot and bloody affair that we've come to expect from HBO, and the delivery of this episode makes me wonder about the future of the series once it's no longer running side by side with Game of Thrones. I think Westworld easily has strong legs on its own.

Another golden chapter to HBO's ever-growing library of quality programming.

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