Trompe L'Oeil
Westworld Season 1



Critic Ratings: 27
Critics Consensus

"Trompe L'Oeil" confirms a major fan theory with a chilling episode whose narrative shocks are further fueled by a bevy of standout performances.

Episode Info

Maeve gives an ultimatum to Lutz and Sylvester; Bernard looks for a way out of a precarious situation; Charlotte seeks to reveal critical mistakes in Ford's creations; William, Dolores and Lawrence find themselves in dangerous territory.


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 Trompe L'Oeil

Bravo to director Frederick E.O. Toye and writers Halley Gross & Jonathan Nolan, who handled a reveal some have been expecting for a while in a way that should prove satisfying to everyone.

Nov 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Holy hell, that William and Dolores storyline was hitting Princess Bride-levels of oxytocin release. What a romantic adventure!!!

Nov 14, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is a story about stories, a puzzle about puzzles, a game about games, gamers and game pieces. That's both the pleasure and the limitation of Westworld.

Nov 14, 2016 | Full Review…

For the first time since the pilot, the potboiler elements aren't entirely obscured by dorm-room philosophizing and cornball conflicts. The show's genre-thriller side is working as programmed.

Nov 14, 2016 | Full Review…

This week had brain drillings, bludgeonings and big emotional punches.

Nov 14, 2016 | Full Review…

It's time for another week of Have You Questioned the Nature of Your Reality? with our host Bernard Lowe, the nebbish programmer who has been dreaming of his dead son and acting weird with robots for as long as we've known him.

Nov 14, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Clementine Pennyfeather deserved better, HBO! SHE DESERVED BETTER!!!!

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

[This is] what makes Westworld resonate so strongly.

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

Westworld's attempt to pull the rug out from under the audience doesn't only serve a narrative purpose in reconfiguring where characters stand in the grand scheme of things, it echoes on an emotional level by rescinding the decency of a key character.

Nov 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Jeffrey Wright seemed the most overqualified member of the cast, based on what he'd been given to date, but Bernard's dilemma is now more tragic in many ways than that of the other hosts we've met.

Nov 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Despite the best efforts of their slick advertisements and enticing promises of immersing people in a stunning new world, Westworld - both the series and the theme park - is less about beauty being in the eye of the beholder than reality.

Nov 14, 2016 | Full Review…

I think Ford's willingness to mess with the heads of those in his orbit is mirrored by the show, which opens this week with a heartbreaking scene of Bernard reading to his dying son... and that Bernard's whole tragic backstory is a fiction. It's cruel.

Nov 14, 2016 | Full Review…

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