Verdict: Westworld Season 1 Episode 7 “Trompe L’Oeil”

A breathtaking episode both in narrative and direction, this episode of ‘Westworld’ perfectly captures the shows mysteries while making the characters integral to the story. While before this episode the characters were more defined by what we didn’t know about them, than what we did, “Trompe L’Oeil” manages to present enthralling character development to make both the hosts and humans more complex and layered outside of their connections to the mysteries. However, there is still some potent connection as the wider thematic ideas are consistently woven into the dialogue, discussing the constraints of the host’s loops, the god complex and corporate power in subtle but impacting ways. Each of these ideas become key to the characters, for example, while there has always been an intellectual argument behind the ever lasting routines and loops that characters are restrained by, this episode made the thought really heartbreaking by highlighting Clemintine’s ambitions, which the audience knows she will never achieve, and then presenting her eventual fate that contrasted with her clear innocence. But it is the final sequence that is the show’s best so far, creating a tense, menacing tone that supported the compelling exposition and reveals. The entire cast provided their best performances and cemented the show as much more than just a bundle of mysteries, as the actions of the characters become more and more shocking and effective, both emotionally and intellectually. 9.8/10

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