WESTWORLD Discussion: 1.04 “Dissonance Theory

The Man in Black gets down to business.

For all the internet’s talk about cracking mysteries in Westworld, the show itself doesn’t appear to be functioning as a narrative about secrets. It doesn’t put everything on the table all at once, but it certainly doesn’t dole out information like a show that’s trying to play coy.

Last night’s episode “Dissonance Theory” offers a perfect example. The Man in Black lays his plan out so thoroughly it’s almost comedic. Maeve and Dolores’ stories of awakening have advanced much further than I would have expected by this point. At this rate, I’m not sure how this show goes into multiple seasons, but I can’t wait to find out.

The prevalent theory floating out there right now claims William, Jimmi Simpson’s character, and Ed Harris’ Man in Black are actually the same character, and we’re watching multiple timelines at once. I couldn’t get that out of my head while watching this one, almost to the point that it’ll be disappointing if that’s not the case. What arguments do you have for or against this angle?

And what is Ford up to out there with his gigantic rock-munching machine? Did Teddy finally survive an episode (though he may wish he were dead)? And finally, how great is it to have weekly doses of Clifton Collins Jr., you guys?