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Like many people, I got into Westworld for the promise of Wild West violence and potential Ed Harris nudity. But I stayed a Westworld devotee for the increasingly addicting storylines beneath the storylines, the Easter eggs and red herrings, the smoke screens and wild goose chases, the fool's errands and diversions.
Lord knows this was not the type of show that you could just jump into in the middle. Understanding Westworld was like learning a foreign language: at first you only got the topical, basic things (It's a Western theme park for rich people! There is a man wearing black who is not very nice to the robots!), but slowly, when you immersed yourself and your fluency increased, you started to pick up on more.