Westworld (2016– )
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Trace Decay 

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


Stephen Williams


Jonathan Nolan (created by), Lisa Joy (created by) | 3 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
Ben Barnes ... Logan
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal ... Armistice
Luke Hemsworth ... Ashley Stubbs
Sidse Babett Knudsen ... Theresa Cullen
Simon Quarterman ... Lee Sizemore
Rodrigo Santoro ... Hector Escaton
Jimmi Simpson ... William
Tessa Thompson ... Charlotte Hale
Shannon Woodward ... Elsie Hughes
Ed Harris ... Man in Black
Anthony Hopkins ... 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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Release Date:

20 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The piano in the Mariposa plays "House of the Rising Sun" and Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black". 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 »


Partita No. 3 In A Minor
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Opening Theme Song
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Westworld: Trace Decay
5 January 2018 | by WubsTheFadgerSee 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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