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‘Westworld’ Episode 2 Released Early to Dodge Presidential Debate Conflict — Watch

HBO has released the second episode of its new science-fiction series to avoid competition with Sunday's Presidential Debate.


Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy

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HBO’s long-anticipated drama “Westworld” made its debut last Sunday night to mostly rave reviews and 3.3 million viewers, the network’s biggest premiere ratings since “True Detective” three years ago. Clearly people are getting hooked on this ambitious series, and not wanting to risk going up against the second Presidential debate this Sunday, HBO has gone ahead and released Episode 2 on all of its platforms, including HBO Now, HBO GO and HBO On Demand. If you’re an HBO subscriber, the episode is available right now to stream.

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The official synopsis for Episode 2, titled “Chestnut,” reads: “A pair of guests, first-timer William (Jimmi Simpson) and repeat visitor Logan (Ben Barnes), arrive at Westworld with different expectations and agendas. Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Quality Assurance head Theresa Cullen (Sidse Babett Knudsen) debate whether a recent host anomaly is contagious. Meanwhile, behavior engineer Elsie Hughes (Shannon Woodward) tweaks the emotions of Maeve (Thandie Newton), a madam in Sweetwater’s brothel, in order to avoid a recall. Cocky programmer Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) pitches his latest narrative to the team, but Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) has other ideas. The Man in Black (Ed Harris) conscripts a condemned man, Lawrence (Clifton Collins, Jr.), to help him uncover Westworld’s deepest secrets.”

The episode, written by creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy and directed by Richard J. Lewis, will air on HBO at its regular 9pm ET time this Sunday. Head over to HBO’s streaming platforms now for an early look.

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