The Absence of Field
Westworld Season 3



Critic Ratings: 18
Critics Consensus

Charlotte Hale's inner turmoil takes center stage in "The Absence of Field", an episode that cleverly blurs the line between past and present, human and machine, and the two sides of a conflict that seemed all too clear so far.

Episode Info

If one doesn't like what's seen in the mirror, the mirror should not be blamed.

Cast & Crew

Ed Harris
Man in Black
Evan Rachel Wood
Dolores Abernathy
Thandie Newton
Maeve Millay
Jeffrey Wright
Bernard Lowe
Tessa Thompson
Charlotte Hale
Simon Quarterman
Lee Sizemore
Aaron Paul
Caleb Nichols
Tommy Flanagan
Martin Connells
Jonathan Nolan
Executive Producer
Lisa Joy
Executive Producer
J.J. Abrams
Executive Producer
Jerry Weintraub
Executive Producer
Bryan Burk
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Absence of Field

Episode 3 may not be the game-changing entry fans have been waiting for, but it's an involving hour filled with smart, subtle touches and Thompson's excellent performance.

Mar 30, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Westworld has become a very blunt allegory on privacy in the information age...It might not challenge your own personal control unit, but at least you'll be entertained while processing it.

Mar 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Complicated exposition is always tough to deliver in shows and Westworld deftly wraps this bit around Caleb's backstory to show the audience what's going on rather than Dolores merely speechifying.

Mar 30, 2020 | Full Review…

The battle lines feel pretty sharply drawn on Westworld, though this newest episode, "The Absence of Field," does put one character squarely in the middle of that conflict thanks to her now chaotic allegiances.

Mar 30, 2020 | Full Review…

It's more like Nolan (and Westworld's co-creator Lisa Joy) have finally become comfortable leaning into their instincts and just letting this be a TV show, as opposed to some kind of revolution.

Mar 30, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Both these little passages combine to show something interesting going on inside Hale.

Mar 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Sci-fi, truly great sci-fi, helps us both understand our world and contemplate what could be next - this episode does both beautifully.

Mar 30, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The episode was OK overall. Charlotte was the most captivating character to me, but I don't know if I am necessarily sold on Caleb's storyline.

Apr 3, 2020 | Full Review…

The third episode brings that thesis back online, prioritizing the most compelling part of the show while at the same time moving the plot forward.

Mar 31, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a fantastic episode about breaking free of the system and being your own person, and pushes Westworld further down a fascinating path of taking back one's destiny.

Mar 30, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It makes a ton of sense that we don't quite understand what this Not-Charlotte is attempting to accomplish.

Mar 30, 2020 | Full Review…

It's too bad, then, that Westworld's scripts remain frustratingly opaque. I get that the mystery and mystique is part of it, but at a certain point it gives way to sheer myopia.

Mar 30, 2020 | Full Review…