Trace Decay
Westworld Season 1



Critic Ratings: 21
Critics Consensus

Providing its major characters rich layers of context, Westworld's "Trace Decay" begins pulling together the elements of the park's origins and setting the stage for what is sure to be a thrilling conclusion.

Episode Info

Teddy is disturbed by painful memories; Maeve hopes for a change in her script; Dolores has trouble separating her dreams from reality; Bernard is ordered to return to business as usual; the Man in Black looks to the past to explain the present.


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
Leonardo Nam
as Felix Lutz
Ptolemy Slocum
as Sylvester
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Critic Reviews for Trace Decay

Sunday night's episode of Westworld, entitled "Trace Decay," is another solid chapter in an already impressive first season.

Nov 21, 2016 | Full Review…

We can't expect major twists every week, but while "Trace Decay" didn't feel like it was stalling, it perhaps could have pushed things further. It's a minor complaint, though - a bump in the ride we're still enjoying.

Nov 21, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Thanks to the latest edition of Westworld, I can confidently say, without a shadow of a doubt, that I have never related harder to a television character than I related to Dolores.

Nov 21, 2016 | Full Review…

[Thandie Newton] has become Yul Brynner in the original Westworld, a robot hellbent on destruction, only infinitely smarter and more devious. Her liberation is the show's, too.

Nov 21, 2016 | Full Review…

The reason that the hosts are coming apart at the seams - or, arguably, finally coming together - is because they are not allowed to heal from their trauma.

Nov 21, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Westworld implies humanity is a very fluid concept.

Jun 19, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

"Trace Decay" was among the season's more frustrating installments, getting too caught up in temporal loops and dreams and memory fragments at the expense of thoroughly exploring how the characters are feeling about their... circumstances.

Nov 21, 2016 | Full Review…

"Trace Decay" is the sort of episode that does mostly expositional yeoman's work, and thus is sort of a mess... There's one shining exception, though: Maeve's storyline, which is still pretty fascinating.

Nov 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Where does it all go from here? I don't know, honestly. What I do know is that I can't wait to find out. Without doubt, Westworld is the best thing on TV right now.

Nov 21, 2016 | Full Review…

While naysayers criticise... this latest episode... leaves little doubt that the entire season is wonderfully, deliberately crafted, and there are a hell of a lot of incredibly smart things going on.

Nov 21, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

I find Evan Rachel Wood's performance so compelling. The journey this character is on is fascinating even if it sometimes feels like we're being driven in circles.

Nov 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Now on to the episode, which may have finally revealed the identity of Wyatt as well as made several popular fan theories very hard to deny.

Nov 21, 2016 | Full Review…

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