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Westworld - Season 1 Episode 10: The Bicameral Mind
Described as 'a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin,' the series is set in a futuristic theme park called Westworld where guests interact with automatons in scenarios that are developed, overseen and scripted by the park's creative, security and quality assurance departments.
When I say Westworld will be bigger than its amusement park namesake, I don't just mean there will be more amusement parks. I mean Westworld the show will, over the following seasons, become about something bigger: the rise of the machines.
The show isn't about climbing to the top or getting to the end - it's about exploring everything to the very core, about understanding the heart of the narrative itself. And episode 10 - the Bicameral Mind - is the very centre of the season.
The finale's embrace of artificiality - followed by the all-too-real deaths that ensue - speaks to the show's dedication to dancing with reality. We end Season 1... knowing more than we might expect, but there's still so much we don't really understand.
The show's complicated threading of flashbacks and flash-forwards ultimately has revealed a recognizable, even familiar, design: a linear narrative beginning 35 years in the past and concluding in the finale's violent end.