The Adversary
Westworld Season 1



Critic Ratings: 28
Critics Consensus

"The Adversary" shifts its focus to Maeve with one of Westworld's most haunting and moving sequences -- and an episode that balances character development against the continual advancement of numerous storylines.

Episode Info

Lutz is charmed by Maeve; Elsie discovers evidence that could point to sabotage; the Man in Black and Teddy clash with a garrison.


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
Ptolemy Slocum
as Sylvester
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Critic Reviews for The Adversary

I have more than a few questions, and "The Adversary" answered approximately negative fourteen of them. Actually, this seemed like the first Westworld episode that was less concerned with building a mystery and more actively trying to be annoying.

Nov 7, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There are some great sequences in this episode, and if we weren't already pulling for Thandie Newton in the Best Supporting Actress category at next year's Emmys, we sure as hell are now.

Nov 7, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

At times during this week's episode, "The Adversary," it felt as if we were inching nearer to a few of the answers we're so desperately craving. At others, we felt hopelessly lost -- but in the best possible way.

Nov 6, 2016 | Full Review…

When the characters and their dynamics are as strong as they were on this episode, it's fun to have some mysteries in the mix as well.

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

Maeve's story line is, for the most part, blissfully linear and mystery-free, which means we can focus almost entirely on Newton's astonishing performance.

Nov 7, 2016 | Full Review…

When Maeve was strutting around HQ, "The Adversary" came to life. A lot of the hour, though, was focused on people and storylines that still feel underfed, often involving actors who seem wildly overqualified for what they've been asked to do so far.

Nov 7, 2016 | Full Review…

It's amazing how steadily Westworld builds this sequence to the ultimate horror of learning that your life has been commodified to sell something... But what makes it even better is how Maeve cannot react to what's happening.

Nov 7, 2016 | Full Review…

If we didn't know Westworld was a horror story already, we know the moment we see it through Maeve's eyes, as she walks through the cold, calculated nuts and bots of what it means to turn other people into objects, into profit, into parts.

Nov 7, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Maeve witnesses the creation and processing of synthetic beings, having come to realize she is one of them; the steady diet of "white lies," as it were, is over. It's the most haunting and affecting sequence the show has yet produced.

Nov 7, 2016 | Full Review…

It's getting good, people.

Nov 7, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…