Dissonance Theory
Westworld Season 1



Critic Ratings: 27
Critics Consensus

"Dissonance Theory" spends some welcome time with the Man In Black while continuing the methodical expansion of the Westworld universe.

Episode Info

Dolores joins a bounty hunt in the badlands with William and Logan; Dr. Ford and Theresa talk about the park's future; Maeve is disturbed by a vision; The Man in Black makes a significant discovery on his quest.


Anthony Hopkins
as Dr. Robert Ford
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
Rodrigo Santoro
as Hector Escaton
Shannon Woodward
as Elsie Hughes
Simon Quarterman
as Lee Sizemore
Angela Sarafyan
as Clementine Pennyfeather
Eddie Rouse
as Kisecawchuck
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Critic Reviews for Dissonance Theory

Alongside the gunshots, exploding cigars and occasional threats to feed people to horses, there were also some serious plot developments, and tantalising hints about the gradually unfurling deeper narrative.

Oct 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Westworld is in large part a show about people in search of answers, and "Dissonance Theory" found the show's characters taking a multitude of intriguing approaches to finding them.

Oct 24, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

We get the first hint that maybe the Man in Black isn't the monster that he seems to be.

Oct 24, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The trick is that Westworld recognizes the implications of its choices and makes sure we don't understand enough to tune out the trauma.

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Maeve still trying to make sense of her blending realities and s***. Her Dolby Surround Sound messing up and she seeing the past or some s***, some memory when a bunch of them got murked out.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

After last week's somewhat sluggish installment, "Dissonance Theory" felt to me like a step in the right direction. I love when the show digs into its subtext about storytelling and spirituality.

Jun 19, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

This episode was a worthy follow-up to last week's satisfying storytelling.

Jun 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Things are starting to feel more certain within the universe of Westworld.

Oct 24, 2016 | Rating: 8.9/10 | Full Review…

The Man in Black returned to Westworld in a significant way this week, infusing the narrative with even more tantalizing clues about his backstory - and how he's been connected to the park all these years.

Oct 24, 2016 | Full Review…

This episode leaned heavily into the video game aspect of Westworld in a big, fun way.

Oct 23, 2016 | Rating: 8.7/10 | Full Review…