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Trace Decay 

Bernard struggles with a mandate; Teddy is troubled by dark memories; Maeve looks to change her script.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Dolores Abernathy
... Maeve Millay
... Bernard Lowe
... Teddy Flood
... Logan
... Armistice
... Ashley Stubbs
... Theresa Cullen
... Lee Sizemore
... Hector Escaton
... William
... Charlotte Hale
... Elsie Hughes
... Man in Black
... Dr. Robert Ford


Maeve hopes for a change in her script; Teddy is jarred by dark memories; Dolores has trouble separating her dreams from reality; The Man in Black looks to the past.

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20 November 2016 (USA)  »

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Trace decay is the theory that memory leaves some type of trace, a physical or chemical change, within the brain that begins to decay over time. See more »


In Hector's recurring story line (where he robs the town on a mission of "mayhem") there is a moment where he fires a coup de grace while the sheriff's deputy is wounded on the ground. As he fires, you can see that a bullet casing appears to eject from the rifle (accompanied by the sound of brass ejecting). However, the rifle is clearly a lever action, and would not eject the casing in that manner. In the moments after, Hector cycles the action and another piece of brace is ejected from the rifle. The effect was likely added in post-production to add "realism". See more »


Bernard Lowe: So what's the difference between my pain and yours?
Dr. Robert Ford: Between you and me? This was the very question that consumed Arnold, filled him with guilt, eventually drove him mad. The answer always seemed obvious to me. There is no threshold that makes us greater than the sum of our parts, no inflection point at which we become fully alive. We can't define consciousness because consciousness does not exist. Humans fancy that there's something special about the way we perceive the world, and yet we live ...
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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »


Reverie, L. 68
Written by Claude Debussy
Performed by Ronan O'Hora and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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Westworld: Trace Decay
5 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Short and Simple Review by WubsTheFadger

Once again, Westworld delivers a great episode. Thandie Newton, Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, and Evan Rachel Wood all perform perfectly.

The pacing is a little slow but this episode furthers Maeve's story line even further. Ed Harris' character also gets more screen time which is awesome.

Pros: Great acting, Maeve's story line and Ed Harris' story line

Cons: Slower pacing

Overall Rating: 9.0/10

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