In this week’s episode of HBO’sWestworld series ‘Trace Decay’ @karisimms1 @Philrood discuss Bernard’s struggles with the mandate that was issued to him. Teddy is troubled by dark memories, while Maeve looks to change her own script.
Trace Decay Definition: This explanation of forgetting in short term memory assumes that memories leave a trace in the brain. A trace is some form of physical and/or chemical change in the nervous system. Trace decay theory states that forgetting occurs as a result of the automatic decay or fading of the memory trace.
Clearly, Westworld is building towards something. Whether it’s a reveal of multiple timelines, hidden identities, or some stunning capper about the true nature of consciousness, this is definitely a show that wants you to wait until the ending before drawing any conclusions. With two episodes left in the first season, the action is pulling together and the stakes are rising, and yet elements crucial to our understanding remain withheld.
That’s the reason for all the theories, good, bad, and hilarious—there’s an emptiness right now, in Trace Decay that practically demands we fill it with our own speculations. We are, in a sense, playing a game with the writers: will we figure it out before the final reveal? Or can they keep us distracted long enough to sneak in the truth right under our noses?