Westworld Season 1 Episode 7 Recap | Trompe L’Oeil

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Welcome to Westworld! Every week, Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Jo Garfein (@jopinionated) will discuss the new HBO series about an old west theme park built in a futuristic world, populated by robot hosts and human guests. Theories, analysis, and overall madness is sure to ensue.

This week, Josh and Jo talk about “Trompe L’Oeil,” the riveting seventh episode of the series. It’s an episode that sufficiently changes the game, confirming a shocking detail about one character, while simultaneously putting another character on a collision course with a wall. How’s that for vague but just specific enough for those who get it? Seriously, don’t listen to this week’s podcast or read any comments below until you have watched this week’s episode. It was a big one, and Josh and Jo are all over it. Plus, there’s a death draft! Everyone loves the death draft, right?

In addition to the podcast, Josh spoke with several of the folks involved with bringing the episode to life. Check the links below for those interviews published on The Hollywood Reporter:

Jonathan “Jonah” Nolan and Lisa Joy (The Showrunners)
Jeffrey Wright (Bernard)
Sidse Babett Knudsen (Theresa)
Angela Sarafyan (Clementine)
Fred Toye (The Episode’s Director)

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  • 2dog

    I LOVE this show!
    I love the writing!
    I love the acting!
    I love your theories!!!!

    • woodi

      love most of it, but for a story around a park about escape and possibilities, it can be rather drab and joyless..

      • 2dog

        I do find the Dolores line uninteresting.

  • J-me not Hi-me

    I assumed that Ford’s “eyes and ears everywhere” are the hosts themselves. When they’re in sleep mode they’re clearly still receiving data, since you can give them the verbal command to “come back online.” Plus, a couple of episodes back Elsie blackmailed the tech by telling him that hosts log sexual encounters even when they’re outside the park. So. Ford knows about Charlotte’s “blood sacrifice” comment because Hector was there to record it.

    • Andiamo

      Yep. That’s exactly right. Lisa Joy said in an Entertainment Weekly interview that Ford knew about the “blood sacrifice” comment because Hector was in the room.

      • TrentC

        Hector’s gun. He was there for a reason.

        And consider the line when Theresa tries to use her phone/communicator, it doesn’t work and Ford whispers to her – Like I said…I built all of this.

        I think Clementine is very attractive and she was scary Creepzilla in this episode. Charlotte was claiming Clementine had a base program, Ford installed the Reveries which caused instability, the techs rolled her back to the version before the update, and then she became an ultra violent killing machine.

        Ford thinks the Corporate people altered the hosts to become violent so they could steal the intellectual property and recreate the hosts from the ground up.

        I think that is the next Theresa in the cotton candy host making machine.

        • Andiamo

          Is it weird I thought Clementine was more attractive after she bashed that tech’s head in and calmly touched her lip afterward?

          I do want that host to be Theresa because I love the actress, but I’m not so sure it’s her. I may be way off, but I feel like Theresa’s days were numbered there anyway and Charlotte was just using her one last time to see if they could scare Ford. Maybe she was supposed to be the “blood sacrifice” the whole time. Ford said “(The board) test me now and then. I think they enjoy the sport. This time they sent you.”

          What I would love is if he’s making a host Charlotte. What I would not love is if it’s a host Elsie.

          What I think is strange is how close the names Charlie and Charlotte are. Coincidence?

          • TrentC

            It would be great if that’s a host version of Charlotte. It would be nice and creepy to see the host completed while she is still alive…maybe Ford shows it to her?

            I found Clementine more attractive when she used the block and then moved into a series of blows striking that other host’s head with the environment. Now that’s weird.

          • Andiamo

            Ooh showing it to her, that’s next level. Very Stepford Wives.

            Okay so we’re both weird. But that made me laugh out loud, so I’m okay with it.

      • J-me not Hi-me
  • Karen Foster

    Love the music cue theory. I have already thought the player piano roll itself resembles dna identification samples.

  • My Picks for the Dead Pool:
    1. Charlotte Hale: Robert Ford wont let her treachery go unpunished, he has it in for her I’m sure.
    2. The Man in Black: I like Jo’s theory that he is terminally ill, maybe his illness catches up to him by the finale.
    3. Lawrence. Just a hunch really, maybe Ford disables all hosts that helped the man in black with his journey to the centre of the maze? I dunno.

  • Shevek

    I can’t believe in six characters Ed Harris didn’t make the deathpool

  • GeekFurious

    I’ve heard this inflection in Josh’s voice before… is he a host?

    • TrentC

      He is a show host. So that makes him a host host. And at times he’s even a co-host!

      Whoa, how far down this rabbit hole can we go?

  • This series is a total disappointment.