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HBO's Westworld is full of vagaries and questions. Out West is a podcast from The Outline that tries to guess at what the answers are. Each week, we find one fan with a solid theory, and we kick the tires to see how that theory holds up.

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HBO's Westworld is full of vagaries and questions. Out West is a podcast from The Outline that tries to guess at what the answers are. Each week, we find one fan with a solid theory, and we kick the tires to see how that theory holds up.

iTunes Ratings

213 Ratings
Average Ratings
148
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Why ?

By Skellerdoors - Apr 14 2019
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Came for GoT, didn’t even finish the episode. I tried a westworld episode just to be fair and it kind of confirmed my opinion. Josh needs to step back. He talks over the other hosts to say stupid things, can’t pronounce any names correctly, and doesn’t even remember the storyline. He contributes nothing to this conversation. Really, how can you host a nerdcast and not know who Boromir is?

Disappointed

By akuphal - Apr 11 2019
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I was excited to see the podcast was going to take on Game of Thrones. Was quickly disappointed when I saw it was the same amount of effort that went into the season 2 Westworld podcasts. It’s hard to get interested listening to theories when half the hosts don’t seem to remember character names or important plot lines. Some preparation work would be all that is needed so the the entire podcast isn’t taken up with explaining things the other hosts forgot. It comes across messy and unprofessional.

iTunes Ratings

213 Ratings
Average Ratings
148
9
10
16
30

Why ?

By Skellerdoors - Apr 14 2019
Read more
Came for GoT, didn’t even finish the episode. I tried a westworld episode just to be fair and it kind of confirmed my opinion. Josh needs to step back. He talks over the other hosts to say stupid things, can’t pronounce any names correctly, and doesn’t even remember the storyline. He contributes nothing to this conversation. Really, how can you host a nerdcast and not know who Boromir is?

Disappointed

By akuphal - Apr 11 2019
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I was excited to see the podcast was going to take on Game of Thrones. Was quickly disappointed when I saw it was the same amount of effort that went into the season 2 Westworld podcasts. It’s hard to get interested listening to theories when half the hosts don’t seem to remember character names or important plot lines. Some preparation work would be all that is needed so the the entire podcast isn’t taken up with explaining things the other hosts forgot. It comes across messy and unprofessional.

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Out West: Westworld Fan Theories, Dissected

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HBO's Westworld is full of vagaries and questions. Out West is a podcast from The Outline that tries to guess at what the answers are. Each week, we find one fan with a solid theory, and we kick the tires to see how that theory holds up.

2: The No Arnold Theory

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OK, we cracked the case. We know who the Man in Black is, and Adrianne wants full credit when this is all over. That’s not all, though! We get some more evidence for Josh’s Theory of Evolution as well as the Dual Timelines Theory. Plus: A fan theory from the first episode loses some steam, but we receive an intriguing new fan theory about Arnold. Do you have your own grand theory of Westworld? Send it to us in an audio file at outwest@theoutline.com. 

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Oct 25 2016

53mins

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3: The Maze

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The waters get a little muddier this week, as we contemplate a broken timeline, Dolores’s potential humanity, and the possibility of multiple worlds. We also hear from listeners Betty and Phillip, who offer their theories on Arnold and the meaning of the maze. Have a theory? Email us a voice memo at outwest@theoutline.com. 

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Nov 01 2016

53mins

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6: The Complete Timeline

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We're doing something a little different today. We've compiled a complete, unified, chronological history of Westworld, and we're ready to lay it out. We combine theories from previous episodes, and go from the creation of the park to the latest in Wyatt's narrative to piece the whole story together. Plus, we hear a listener's musings on Abernathy's photos, and ponder the meaning of consciousness. Do you have your own theory? Send us a voice memo at outwest@theoutline.com. 

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Nov 22 2016

1hr 16mins

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S02E01: DNA Soup

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What's the story behind the white dress? Will Jeremy or Casey win the bet? Welcome to the desert of the real.

Send us your theories on the Anchor app or as a voice memo to outwest@theoutline.com.

We're hosted by Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky), Casey Johnston (@caseyjohnston), and Jeremy Gordon (@jeremypgordon).

We're produced by James T. Green (@_jamestgreen).

Our music is by John Lagomarsino (@johnlag).

Send us your feedback to podcasts@theoutline.com.

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Apr 24 2018

50mins

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4: Ford is a Host

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This week we look at episode 6 of Westworld, “The Adversary,” for clues about Arnold, sentience, and which character will be the first to die. We also hear a special fan theory from our friend Chris Plante, editor at The Verge.

Have your own theory about Westworld? Send us a voice memo at outwest@theoutline.com.

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Nov 08 2016

52mins

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5: The Real Brain Theory

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This week we're joined by very special guest Rose Eveleth (host of the Flash Forward podcast) to discuss lobotomies, doors, deceptive filmmaking, and our growing suspicion that everyone is a host. Have your own Westworld theory? Email it as a voice memo to outwest@theoutline.com! 

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Nov 15 2016

49mins

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8: Violent Ends

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The end of the season is here, and we are back once more to analyze the past, contemplate the present, and look to the future of Westworld. We hear some keen observations from some fans, form a few theories of our own, consider the location of the parks, and tally the results in our final theory audit of the year. Bring yourself back online for one last Out West until 2018.

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Dec 07 2016

1hr

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7: The Ribbon Cutting Theory

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We're nearing the end, and this week we're going through our final theories before the season finale. Is Maeve controlled by Ford? How did Abernathy get the photo that started it all? Who is dead and who will die? This week we examine the evidence and brace ourselves for the end. After the finale, send us your Season 2 predictions and theories at outwest@theoutline.com! 

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Nov 29 2016

54mins

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S02E02: Pee-Tape World

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Is there a super-being? Are Arnold and Ford playing the long game? John Siracusa thinks we pissed this episode away.

Featuring theories by:

John Siracusa (coiner of the phrase "Pee-Tape World)

Kendall

Helen

u/funkandwild

u/sam_rock_well

u/jasongill

Send us your theories on the Anchor app or as a voice memo to outwest@theoutline.com.

We're hosted by Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky), Casey Johnston (@caseyjohnston), and Paris Martineau (@parismartineau).

We're produced by James T. Green (@_jamestgreen) and Wynton Wong (@wwingwong).

Our music is by John Lagomarsino (@johnlag).

Send us your feedback to podcasts@theoutline.com.

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May 01 2018

1hr 37mins

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S02E03: VGA Cable World

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Is the Man in Black Jesus? Where the hell is Peter Abernathy? Does Jeremy owe Casey a dollar? Let's get into some analysis.

Featuring theories by:

Avery

Keith, and that powerpoint presentation

u/AlexMLeo

u/juicehead3311

u/RedSnowCastle

Send us your theories on the Anchor app or as a voice memo to outwest@theoutline.com.

We're hosted by Jeremy Gordon (@jeremypgordon), Casey Johnston (@caseyjohnston), and Paris Martineau (@parismartineau).

We're produced by James T. Green (@_jamestgreen) and Wynton Wong (@wwingwong).

Our music is by John Lagomarsino (@johnlag).

Send us your feedback to podcasts@theoutline.com.

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May 07 2018

49mins

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Out Westeros: Game of Thrones theories, dissected

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It’s been a while. Last year, our hosts drove themselves crazy trying to make sense of Westworld. Now, they’ve embarked on a no less daunting task: figuring out what, exactly, is going to happen during the final season of Game of Thrones. It’s part of The Outline’s official Game of Thrones Day™, which you can track throughout the day on our site.

Join Jeremy, Casey, and Josh as they catch up on what’s been happening in Westeros, remind Josh several times who Oberyn is (he’s the Prince of Dorne!), and get to some hardcore theories about who’s going to die now that all the armies are marching North.

And a reminder: Out Westeros considers the fan theory a form of high art and a kind of religion. If you've got your own, send them to us as a voice memo to outwesteros@theoutline.com or find us right here at Anchor.

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Apr 10 2019

1hr 7mins

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S02E10: The Real World

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Did you watch after the credits? Clearly it is on the moon.

We're hosted by Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky), Casey Johnston (@caseyjohnston), and Jeremy Gordon (@jeremypgordon).

We're produced by James T. Green (@_jamestgreen) and Wynton Wong (@wwingwong).

Our music is by John Lagomarsino (@johnlag).

Send us your feedback to podcasts@theoutline.com.

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Jun 26 2018

1hr 47mins

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S02E09: The Teddinator

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Is Westworld a prison camp or a simulation? Ever heard of Blade Runner? Josh, give credit to women.

Send us your theories on the Anchor app or as a voice memo to outwest@theoutline.com.

We're hosted by Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky), Casey Johnston (@caseyjohnston), and Jeremy Gordon (@jeremypgordon).

We're produced by James T. Green (@_jamestgreen) and Wynton Wong (@wwingwong).

Our music is by John Lagomarsino (@johnlag).

Send us your feedback to podcasts@theoutline.com.

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Jun 19 2018

1hr 16mins

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S02E08: White Privilege World

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You wanted an all-women Out West, and we delivered. “If you stay alive, find us,”

Send us your theories on the Anchor app or as a voice memo to outwest@theoutline.com.

We're hosted by Paris Martineau (@parismartineau), Casey Johnston (@caseyjohnston), and Wynton Wong (@wwingwong).

We're produced by James T. Green (@_jamestgreen) and Wynton Wong (@wwingwong).

Our music is by John Lagomarsino (@johnlag).

Send us your feedback to podcasts@theoutline.com.

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Jun 12 2018

1hr 19mins

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S02E07: Ghost Nation, Woke Nation

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Is Ghost Nation trying to protect what's in the valley beyond? Why do you still believe it's on the moon? Does Casey have a secret Reddit account?

Send us your theories on the Anchor app or as a voice memo to outwest@theoutline.com.

We're hosted by Paris Martineau (@parismartineau), Casey Johnston (@caseyjohnston), Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky), and Jeremy Gordon (@jeremypgordon).

We're produced by James T. Green (@_jamestgreen) and Wynton Wong (@wwingwong).

Our music is by John Lagomarsino (@johnlag).

Send us your feedback to podcasts@theoutline.com.

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Jun 05 2018

51mins

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S02E06: The Hat Evidence

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Is this all a fidelity test for William? Did Bernard download Abernathy's packet onto himself for the mesh network distribution? What's up with y'all's Reddit usernames?

Send us your theories on the Anchor app or as a voice memo to outwest@theoutline.com.

We're hosted by Paris Martineau (@parismartineau), Casey Johnston (@caseyjohnston), and Jeremy Gordon (@jeremypgordon).

We're produced by James T. Green (@_jamestgreen) and Wynton Wong (@wwingwong).

Our music is by John Lagomarsino (@johnlag).

Send us your feedback to podcasts@theoutline.com.

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May 30 2018

1hr 1min

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S02E05: Robot Sex Butt

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Is the flood a masking attempt by Ford? Is there another secret lab? Which host is truly woke? It's fucking Lost all the way down...

Send us your theories on the Anchor app or as a voice memo to outwest@theoutline.com.

We're hosted by Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky), Casey Johnston (@caseyjohnston), and Jeremy Gordon (@jeremypgordon).

We're produced by James T. Green (@_jamestgreen) and Wynton Wong (@wwingwong).

Our music is by John Lagomarsino (@johnlag).

Send us your feedback to podcasts@theoutline.com.

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May 22 2018

1hr 19mins

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S02E04: It's Lupus!

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Is the Man in Black going to kill all his host backups? Is Ford living as Bernard? What would we tell our younger selves? Some shit really went down.

Send us your theories on the Anchor app or as a voice memo to outwest@theoutline.com.

We're hosted by Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky), Casey Johnston (@caseyjohnston), and Jeremy Gordon (@jeremypgordon).

We're produced by James T. Green (@_jamestgreen) and Wynton Wong (@wwingwong).

Our music is by John Lagomarsino (@johnlag).

Send us your feedback to podcasts@theoutline.com.

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May 15 2018

1hr 10mins

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S02E03: VGA Cable World

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Is the Man in Black Jesus? Where the hell is Peter Abernathy? Does Jeremy owe Casey a dollar? Let's get into some analysis.

Featuring theories by:

Avery

Keith, and that powerpoint presentation

u/AlexMLeo

u/juicehead3311

u/RedSnowCastle

Send us your theories on the Anchor app or as a voice memo to outwest@theoutline.com.

We're hosted by Jeremy Gordon (@jeremypgordon), Casey Johnston (@caseyjohnston), and Paris Martineau (@parismartineau).

We're produced by James T. Green (@_jamestgreen) and Wynton Wong (@wwingwong).

Our music is by John Lagomarsino (@johnlag).

Send us your feedback to podcasts@theoutline.com.

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 07 2018

49mins

Play

S02E02: Pee-Tape World

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Is there a super-being? Are Arnold and Ford playing the long game? John Siracusa thinks we pissed this episode away.

Featuring theories by:

John Siracusa (coiner of the phrase "Pee-Tape World)

Kendall

Helen

u/funkandwild

u/sam_rock_well

u/jasongill

Send us your theories on the Anchor app or as a voice memo to outwest@theoutline.com.

We're hosted by Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky), Casey Johnston (@caseyjohnston), and Paris Martineau (@parismartineau).

We're produced by James T. Green (@_jamestgreen) and Wynton Wong (@wwingwong).

Our music is by John Lagomarsino (@johnlag).

Send us your feedback to podcasts@theoutline.com.

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May 01 2018

1hr 37mins

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S02E01: DNA Soup

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What's the story behind the white dress? Will Jeremy or Casey win the bet? Welcome to the desert of the real.

Send us your theories on the Anchor app or as a voice memo to outwest@theoutline.com.

We're hosted by Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky), Casey Johnston (@caseyjohnston), and Jeremy Gordon (@jeremypgordon).

We're produced by James T. Green (@_jamestgreen).

Our music is by John Lagomarsino (@johnlag).

Send us your feedback to podcasts@theoutline.com.

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 24 2018

50mins

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S02E00: Everyone is a host

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Is Westworld on the moon? Is everyone a host? How does Jeremy do incredible impressions? Out West is back.

Send us your theories on the Anchor app or as a voice memo to outwest@theoutline.com.

We're hosted by Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky), Casey Johnston (@caseyjohnston), and Jeremy Gordon (@jeremypgordon).

We're produced by James T. Green (@_jamestgreen).

Our music is by John Lagomarsino (@johnlag).

Send us your feedback to podcasts@theoutline.com.

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Apr 20 2018

28mins

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Season 2 is coming soon

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More of your predictions, and more of our speculations.

Send us a voice memo with your theories or predictions to outwest@theoutline.com.

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Apr 06 2018

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The Red Center

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Alas, Out West is not back. But we wanted to let you know about a new TV podcast from The Outline!

It's called The Red Center, and it's about The Handmaid's Tale. Out West friends Laura June and Rose Eveleth host, and each Wednesday, they'll look at episodes through the lens of a specific topic.

The first episode is out right now, and you can find it on iTunes, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Google Play, or wherever you're listening to this.

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Apr 26 2017

4mins

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8: Violent Ends

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The end of the season is here, and we are back once more to analyze the past, contemplate the present, and look to the future of Westworld. We hear some keen observations from some fans, form a few theories of our own, consider the location of the parks, and tally the results in our final theory audit of the year. Bring yourself back online for one last Out West until 2018.

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Dec 07 2016

1hr

Play

7: The Ribbon Cutting Theory

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We're nearing the end, and this week we're going through our final theories before the season finale. Is Maeve controlled by Ford? How did Abernathy get the photo that started it all? Who is dead and who will die? This week we examine the evidence and brace ourselves for the end. After the finale, send us your Season 2 predictions and theories at outwest@theoutline.com! 

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 29 2016

54mins

Play

6: The Complete Timeline

Podcast cover
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We're doing something a little different today. We've compiled a complete, unified, chronological history of Westworld, and we're ready to lay it out. We combine theories from previous episodes, and go from the creation of the park to the latest in Wyatt's narrative to piece the whole story together. Plus, we hear a listener's musings on Abernathy's photos, and ponder the meaning of consciousness. Do you have your own theory? Send us a voice memo at outwest@theoutline.com. 

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 22 2016

1hr 16mins

Play

5: The Real Brain Theory

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This week we're joined by very special guest Rose Eveleth (host of the Flash Forward podcast) to discuss lobotomies, doors, deceptive filmmaking, and our growing suspicion that everyone is a host. Have your own Westworld theory? Email it as a voice memo to outwest@theoutline.com! 

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 15 2016

49mins

Play

4: Ford is a Host

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This week we look at episode 6 of Westworld, “The Adversary,” for clues about Arnold, sentience, and which character will be the first to die. We also hear a special fan theory from our friend Chris Plante, editor at The Verge.

Have your own theory about Westworld? Send us a voice memo at outwest@theoutline.com.

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 08 2016

52mins

Play

3: The Maze

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The waters get a little muddier this week, as we contemplate a broken timeline, Dolores’s potential humanity, and the possibility of multiple worlds. We also hear from listeners Betty and Phillip, who offer their theories on Arnold and the meaning of the maze. Have a theory? Email us a voice memo at outwest@theoutline.com. 

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 01 2016

53mins

Play