Westworld (2016– )
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Two guests arrive at the park with different expectations; Maeve's emotions are tweaked; The Man in Black seeks help from a condemned man.


Richard J. Lewis


Jonathan Nolan (created for television by), Lisa Joy (created for television by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Rachel Wood ... Dolores Abernathy
Thandie Newton ... Maeve Millay
Jeffrey Wright ... Bernard Lowe
James Marsden ... Teddy Flood
Ben Barnes ... Logan
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Lawrence
Luke Hemsworth ... Ashley Stubbs
Sidse Babett Knudsen ... Theresa Cullen
Simon Quarterman ... Lee Sizemore
Angela Sarafyan ... Clementine Pennyfeather
Jimmi Simpson ... William
Shannon Woodward ... Elsie Hughes
Ed Harris ... Man in Black
Anthony Hopkins ... Dr. Robert Ford
Ptolemy Slocum ... Sylvester


Maeve's emotions are tweaked by Elsie to prevent a recall; Lee floats his latest narrative to the staff; Bernard and Theresa investigate the extent of a host aberration; two guests arrive looking for different scenarios; the Man in Black enlists a condemned man to learn Westworld's darkest secrets. Written by Giedrius G

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Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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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?


Because of a presidential debate occurring on the day of the release, HBO decided that regardless of the regular airing of the episode, they'll release it 3 days earlier by surprise, on their streaming services. See more »


When Logan shows up in his black western clothes, he stumbles and then "zips up" his fly. Authentic western trousers used buttons for the men's fly. Zippers were only added to men's pants after 1937, well after the time frame for Westworld (1870's). See more »


Dr. Robert Ford: Everything is magic, except to the magician.
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Referenced in Collider TV Talk: Episode #1.30 (2016) See more »


No Surprises
Written by Thom Yorke (uncredited), Jonny Greenwood (uncredited), Phil Selway (uncredited), Colin Greenwood (uncredited) and Ed O'Brien (uncredited)
Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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Westworld: Chestnut
4 January 2018 | by WubsTheFadgerSee all my reviews

Short and Simple Review by WubsTheFadger

In this episode, we are introduced to two new characters played by Ben Barnes and Jimmi Simpson. They both do a great job at portraying two completely different characters. Thandie Newton also gets a stronger role in this episode. Ed Harris takes the cake for the best performance in this episode. He perfectly portrays a bad guy on a mission.

The story once again is great and engaging. We see more of Westworld and the people behind it.

Pacing and tone are consistent throughout the entire episode.

The science behind the androids and the world itself is still left unanswered.

This episode was slower and not as fast paced at the first episode.

The blend between nudity and violence is once again perfectly mixed.

Pros: Engaging story, good performances by Ed Harris and Thandie Newton, consistent pacing and tone, perfect blend between violence and nudity

Cons: Slower episode and many unanswered questions

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

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