Westworld Season 1



Critic Ratings: 27
Critics Consensus

Aided by its excellent ensemble cast, "Chestnut" deepens and expands Westworld's captivating mythology by revealing the park through the eyes of a first-time guest and diving further into the lives of its robotic residents.

Episode Info

Maeve's emotions are tweaked by Elsie to prevent a recall; Lee floats his latest narrative to the staff; Bernard and Theresa investigate the extent of a host aberration; two guests arrive looking for different scenarios; the Man in Black enlists a condemned man to learn Westworld's darkest secrets.


Anthony Hopkins
as Dr. Robert Ford
Rodrigo Santoro
as Hector Escaton
Ed Harris
as The Man in Black
Evan Rachel Wood
as Dolores Abernathy
James Marsden
as Teddy Flood
Thandie Newton
as Maeve Millay
Jeffrey Wright
as Bernard Lowe
Tessa Thompson
as Charlotte Hale
Sidse Babett Knudsen
as Theresa Cullen
Shannon Woodward
as Elsie Hughes
Simon Quarterman
as Lee Sizemore
Angela Sarafyan
as Clementine Pennyfeather
Eddie Rouse
as Kisecawchuck
Leonardo Nam
as Felix Lutz
Ptolemy Slocum
as Sylvester
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Critic Reviews for Chestnut

This second episode really makes me excited to see what else there is to Westworld.

Oct 10, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If last week it felt like you were being chucked in at the deep end, episode two comes off as more of a pilot. But that's part of the appeal for Westworld.

Nov 7, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Dolores is a prism through which we can view Westworld's developing themes; individual agency, the power of memory, the role of women in a chauvinist world and, of course, what makes a human.

Oct 17, 2016 | Full Review…

While episode 2, titled "Chestnut," isn't as long as the pilot, there is still plenty to unpack, and it might help to have an extra few days to chew everything over.

Oct 10, 2016 | Full Review…

Based on the first episode, and now Episode 2, Westworld has reached a crucial inflection point in its existence.

Oct 10, 2016 | Full Review…

Finally, we see the front end, the sales floor for Westworld. This shit looking like they dipped Mall of America in even more privilege.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Westworld hasn't delivered a ton of garish things (or at least it hasn't focused on them in the same way other HBO shows might). It's much more preoccupied with the subtleties and details.

Jun 19, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

. . .the show is exploring the way poetry can creep in with depth and damage, infecting the park's clean, shallow, purely entertaining code.

Aug 28, 2017 | Full Review…

If Westworld was a book, it would be un-put-down-able.

Nov 17, 2016 | Full Review…

While relatively artificial in stilted emotion, writer-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy extend the next strand of narrative layering to their Westworld design.

Nov 2, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

In theory, it is ridiculous to feel bad for a robot. And yet here we are, only two hours into Westworld's freshman run, and I'm ready to make like Harry Potter's Hermione Granger and start a Society for the Protection of Host Welfare.

Oct 10, 2016 | Full Review…

Westworld wants to be about everything from the word go. And while the pilot mostly managed this task, the second episode keeps piling storylines and ideas on top of one another until it sags beneath their weight.

Oct 10, 2016 | Full Review…