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Decoding Westworld

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David Chen (@davechensky) and Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) recap each week's episode of HBO's WESTWORLD, discuss the best/worst moments, and speculate if these violent delights have violent ends.

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David Chen (@davechensky) and Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) recap each week's episode of HBO's WESTWORLD, discuss the best/worst moments, and speculate if these violent delights have violent ends.

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Greatest Westworld podcast

By Stylosta - May 29 2019
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This is hands down the best podcast to listen to after watching Westworld!

Excellent

By nomisdc - Mar 16 2019
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I just caught up with Westworld S2 and just subscribed to Vanity Fair because of this podcast.

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1223 Ratings
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64

Greatest Westworld podcast

By Stylosta - May 29 2019
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This is hands down the best podcast to listen to after watching Westworld!

Excellent

By nomisdc - Mar 16 2019
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I just caught up with Westworld S2 and just subscribed to Vanity Fair because of this podcast.

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Decoding Westworld

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David Chen (@davechensky) and Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) recap each week's episode of HBO's WESTWORLD, discuss the best/worst moments, and speculate if these violent delights have violent ends.

Decoding Westworld S2E01 - Journey Into Night

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In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the Season 2 premiere, "Journey Into Night." Be sure to check out Joanna Robinson's recap of this episode: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/04/westworld-season-2-episode-1-journey-into-night-recap

Apr 25 2018

1hr 32mins

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Decoding Westworld S1E10 - The Bicameral Mind

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Joanna and David recap the 10th episode of the 1st season of Westworld, "The Bicameral Mind." We have a new podcast! Check out at http://genpopshow.com, and support it at http://patreon.com/genpopshow Check out Joanna's recap of the episode here: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/12/westworld-finale-recap-the-bicameral-mind-is-ford-dead-elsie-stubbs-abernathy-logan Check out Jacob Hall's review of the episode here: http://www.slashfilm.com/westworld-season-finale-spoiler-review/ Check out James Poniewozik's article about Westworld here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/arts/television/westworld-a-show-thats-amazing-but-not-necessarily-good.html?_r=1

Dec 06 2016

2hr 6mins

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Decoding Westworld S1E03 - The Stray

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Joanna and David recap the third episode of Westworld's first season, "The Stray." Read Joanna's recap of this episode here: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/10/westworld-season-1-episode-3-recap-the-stray-bernard-android Go here to see 5 theories about Arnold: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/westworld-5-theories-arnold-938757

Oct 18 2016

1hr 1min

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Decoding Westworld S1E09 - The Well-Tempered Clavier

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Joanna and David recap the 9th episode of the 1st season of Westworld, "The Well-Tempered Clavier." Learn more about why William is a terrible person: https://www.reddit.com/r/westworld/comments/5fd5ei/william_is_a_massive_piece_of_shit/?st=IW2MWNWW&sh=036cbf63

Nov 29 2016

1hr 29mins

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Decoding Westworld S1E07 - Trompe L'oeil

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Joanna and David recap the seventh episode of the first season of Westworld, "Trompe L'oeil." Read Joanna's recap of the episode here: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/11/westworld-recap-bernard-robot-kills-theresa-episode-7-tromp-loeil Read the recap from Slashfilm.com here: http://www.slashfilm.com/westworld-episode-7-spoiler-review/

Nov 15 2016

1hr 13mins

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Decoding Westworld S1E08 - Trace Decay (GUEST: Writer Charles Yu)

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Joanna and David recap the eighth episode of the first season of Westworld, "Trace Decay." Also: episode co-writer Charles Yu joins us to discuss his thoughts on AI, breaking the story for this episode, and the state of Westworld fandom on the internet. Be sure to check out Joanna Robinson's recap of the episode. http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/11/westworld-season-1-episode-8-trace-decay-who-is-wyatt Also check out Jacob Hall's recap at slashfilm.com. http://www.slashfilm.com/westworld-episode-8-spoiler-review/

Nov 22 2016

1hr 32mins

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Decoding Westworld S1E05 - Contrapasso

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David and Joanna recap the fifth episode of the first season of Westworld, "Contrapasso." Read Joanna's new theory about the two timelines here: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/10/westworld-season-1-episode-5-recap-contrapasso-timeline-theory-lawrence-bernard-is-arnold-clone-robot Check out Matt Singer's recap of the episode here: http://screencrush.com/westworld-s1e5-recap-contrapasso/ Check out Alan Sepinwall's thoughts on the dangers of twist-based storytelling: http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/review-how-westworld-may-be-acting-too-clever-for-its-own-good Read Wesley Morris's take on "The Last Taboo" http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/10/30/magazine/black-male-sexuality-last-taboo.html?_r=0

Oct 31 2016

1hr 16mins

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Decoding Westworld S1E04 - Dissonance Theory

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Joanna and David recap the fourthy episode of Westworld's first season, "Dissonance Theory." Read up on the Man in Black's approach to gaming here: http://www.vulture.com/2016/10/westworld-man-in-black-is-a-classic-bad-gamer.html?utm_content=bufferd24b9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Oct 25 2016

1hr 17mins

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Decoding Westworld S1E06 - The Adversary

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Joanna and David recap the sixth episode of the first season of Westworld, "The Adversary." Check out David's video essay about the multiple time period theory: https://youtu.be/JPkkltGOdlU Read Joanna's breakdown of the biggest mysteries behind Westworld: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/11/westworld-theories-multiple-timelines-who-is-the-man-in-black-who-is-arnold-who-is-wyatt See Joanna's recap of this week's episode: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/11/westworld-recap-season-1-episode-6-the-adversary-who-is-arnold-what-is-the-maze

Nov 08 2016

1hr 22mins

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Decoding Westworld S2E04 - The Riddle of the Sphinx

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Joanna and David discuss the fourth episode of the second season of Westworld, "The Riddle of the Sphinx." Be sure to check out Joanna's recap of the podcast: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/05/westworld-who-did-bernard-print-red-ball-season-2-episode-4-riddle-of-the-sphinx Check out Joanna's interview with Lisa Joy: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/05/westworld-season-2-episode-4-recap-lisa-joy-interview-stalker-lost-ex-machina-references You can always email us at decodingwestworld@gmail.com. Find more episodes at decodingwestworld.com.

May 15 2018

1hr 43mins

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Decoding Westworld: Season 2 Post-Mortem (GUEST: Will Wallace)

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Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David are joined by Kickstarter backer (and writer) Will Wallace to reflect on season 2 of the show. Follow Will on Twitter.

Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld! Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!

Jul 03 2018

1hr 7mins

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Decoding Westworld S2E10 - The Passenger

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Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the season finale of the second season, "The Passenger." 

Be sure to check out Joanna's recap of this episode and Chris Evangelista's recap of the episode. Also, see the Washington Post article that features us!

Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!

This episode is sponsored by Marine Layer. For 15 percent off your first order, visit marinelayer.com and enter "decoding" at check-out.

This episode is also sponsored by Mink Eyes and Tenebrae by Max McBride. Find these books at your local bookstore and Amazon and at www.max2themax.com.

Jun 28 2018

2hr 7mins

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Decoding Westworld S2E09 - Vanishing Point

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Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the ninth episode of the second season, "Vanishing Point."

Be sure to check out Joanna's recap of this episode:

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/06/westworld-is-william-a-host-is-emily-dead-is-teddy-dead-vanishing-point-katja-herbers

Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!

Jun 19 2018

1hr 25mins

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Decoding Westworld S2E08 - Kiksuya

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Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the eighth episode of the second season, "Kiksuya."

Be sure to check out Joanna's recap of this episode:

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/06/westworld-kiksuya-what-is-the-door-ending-explained-maeve-akechetah-zahn-mclarnon

Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!

Jun 12 2018

1hr 18mins

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Decoding Westworld S2E07 - Les Écorchés

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Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the seventh episode of the second season, "Les Écorchés."

Be sure to check out Joanna's recap of this episode:

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/06/westworld-season-2-episode-7-les-escorches-callbacks-references

Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!

Jun 06 2018

1hr 26mins

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Decoding Westworld S2E06 - Phase Space

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Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the sixth episode of the second season, "Phase Space."

Thanks to Unspooled for sponsoring this episode! Check out the Unspooled podcast here:

https://www.earwolf.com/show/unspooled/

Be sure to check out Joanna's recap of this episode:

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/05/westworld-season-2-episode-6-phase-space-anthony-hopkins

Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!

May 30 2018

1hr 31mins

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Decoding Westworld S2E05 - Akane No Mai

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Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the fifth episode of the second season, "Akane No Mai." Be sure to check out Joanna's recap of this episode: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/05/westworld-season-2-episode-5-akane-no-mai-hiroyuki-sanada-gay-love-story-hector Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!

May 21 2018

1hr 10mins

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Decoding Westworld S2E04 - The Riddle of the Sphinx

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Joanna and David discuss the fourth episode of the second season of Westworld, "The Riddle of the Sphinx." Be sure to check out Joanna's recap of the podcast: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/05/westworld-who-did-bernard-print-red-ball-season-2-episode-4-riddle-of-the-sphinx Check out Joanna's interview with Lisa Joy: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/05/westworld-season-2-episode-4-recap-lisa-joy-interview-stalker-lost-ex-machina-references You can always email us at decodingwestworld@gmail.com. Find more episodes at decodingwestworld.com.

May 15 2018

1hr 43mins

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Decoding Westworld S2E03 - Virtù e Fortuna

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In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the third episode of the second season, "Virtù e Fortuna." Be sure to check out Joanna Robinson's recap of this episode: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/05/westworld-season-2-episode-3-who-is-grace-virtu-e-fortuna-recap Find Mink Eyes and Tenebrae by Max McBride at your local bookstore and Amazon and at www.max2themax.com.

May 10 2018

1hr 24mins

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Decoding Westworld S2E02 - Reunion

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In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the second episode of the second season, "Reunion." Be sure to check out Joanna Robinson's recap of this episode: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/04/westworld-season-2-episode-2-recap-reunion-timeline

May 02 2018

1hr 17mins

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Decoding Westworld S2E01 - Journey Into Night

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In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the Season 2 premiere, "Journey Into Night." Be sure to check out Joanna Robinson's recap of this episode: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/04/westworld-season-2-episode-1-journey-into-night-recap

Apr 25 2018

1hr 32mins

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Westworld Season 2 Preview (GUEST: Paul Scheer from How Did This Get Made)

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David and Joanna are back for another season of Decoding Westworld! In this episode, they are joined by special guest Paul Scheer to recap their thoughts on season 1, talk about Paul's panel with the showrunners and stars of Westworld, and speculate about season 2. SUPPORT this season of the show by going to http://www.podcastkickstarter.com Be sure to check out Paul's other show, How Did This Get Made, at http://www.earwolf.com/show/how-did-this-get-made/ Find more episodes of this show at http://www.decodingwestworld.com Email us at decodingwestworld(AT)gmail(DOT)com Editing assistance for this episode was provided by Brian Davids from the Film Schlubs podcast (http://filmschlubspodcast.com/)

Apr 20 2018

55mins

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Decoding Westworld S1E10 - The Bicameral Mind

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Joanna and David recap the 10th episode of the 1st season of Westworld, "The Bicameral Mind." We have a new podcast! Check out at http://genpopshow.com, and support it at http://patreon.com/genpopshow Check out Joanna's recap of the episode here: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/12/westworld-finale-recap-the-bicameral-mind-is-ford-dead-elsie-stubbs-abernathy-logan Check out Jacob Hall's review of the episode here: http://www.slashfilm.com/westworld-season-finale-spoiler-review/ Check out James Poniewozik's article about Westworld here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/arts/television/westworld-a-show-thats-amazing-but-not-necessarily-good.html?_r=1

Dec 06 2016

2hr 6mins

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Decoding Westworld S1E09 - The Well-Tempered Clavier

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Joanna and David recap the 9th episode of the 1st season of Westworld, "The Well-Tempered Clavier." Learn more about why William is a terrible person: https://www.reddit.com/r/westworld/comments/5fd5ei/william_is_a_massive_piece_of_shit/?st=IW2MWNWW&sh=036cbf63

Nov 29 2016

1hr 29mins

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Decoding Westworld S1E08 - Trace Decay (GUEST: Writer Charles Yu)

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Joanna and David recap the eighth episode of the first season of Westworld, "Trace Decay." Also: episode co-writer Charles Yu joins us to discuss his thoughts on AI, breaking the story for this episode, and the state of Westworld fandom on the internet. Be sure to check out Joanna Robinson's recap of the episode. http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/11/westworld-season-1-episode-8-trace-decay-who-is-wyatt Also check out Jacob Hall's recap at slashfilm.com. http://www.slashfilm.com/westworld-episode-8-spoiler-review/

Nov 22 2016

1hr 32mins

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Decoding Westworld S1E07 - Trompe L'oeil

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Joanna and David recap the seventh episode of the first season of Westworld, "Trompe L'oeil." Read Joanna's recap of the episode here: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/11/westworld-recap-bernard-robot-kills-theresa-episode-7-tromp-loeil Read the recap from Slashfilm.com here: http://www.slashfilm.com/westworld-episode-7-spoiler-review/

Nov 15 2016

1hr 13mins

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Decoding Westworld S1E06 - The Adversary

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Joanna and David recap the sixth episode of the first season of Westworld, "The Adversary." Check out David's video essay about the multiple time period theory: https://youtu.be/JPkkltGOdlU Read Joanna's breakdown of the biggest mysteries behind Westworld: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/11/westworld-theories-multiple-timelines-who-is-the-man-in-black-who-is-arnold-who-is-wyatt See Joanna's recap of this week's episode: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/11/westworld-recap-season-1-episode-6-the-adversary-who-is-arnold-what-is-the-maze

Nov 08 2016

1hr 22mins

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Decoding Westworld S1E05 - Contrapasso

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David and Joanna recap the fifth episode of the first season of Westworld, "Contrapasso." Read Joanna's new theory about the two timelines here: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/10/westworld-season-1-episode-5-recap-contrapasso-timeline-theory-lawrence-bernard-is-arnold-clone-robot Check out Matt Singer's recap of the episode here: http://screencrush.com/westworld-s1e5-recap-contrapasso/ Check out Alan Sepinwall's thoughts on the dangers of twist-based storytelling: http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/review-how-westworld-may-be-acting-too-clever-for-its-own-good Read Wesley Morris's take on "The Last Taboo" http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/10/30/magazine/black-male-sexuality-last-taboo.html?_r=0

Oct 31 2016

1hr 16mins

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Bonus Ep. - Vincenzo Natali, Director of "Dissonance Theory"

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David Chen chats with Vincenzo Natali, director of the "Dissonance Theory" episode of Westworld. Follow Vincenzo on Twitter at http://twitter.com/vincenzo_natali

Oct 29 2016

45mins

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Decoding Westworld S1E04 - Dissonance Theory

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Joanna and David recap the fourthy episode of Westworld's first season, "Dissonance Theory." Read up on the Man in Black's approach to gaming here: http://www.vulture.com/2016/10/westworld-man-in-black-is-a-classic-bad-gamer.html?utm_content=bufferd24b9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Oct 25 2016

1hr 17mins

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