Backstory dumps, setting description, and flashbacks are often frowned upon. But there are so many perfect opportunities for their inclusion.
Noelle Nichols discusses ways to effectively convey backstory without invoking the dreaded infodump.
Note: spoilers for Westworld through S02E05 follow. In season two, episode five of HBO's Westworld ("Akane no Mai"), there's a remarkable scene between Dolores and Teddy that uses backstory to enrich character, the show's themes, and the narrative itself. Since the inclusion and development of backstory often proves difficult for writers of all backgrounds, I thought… Continue reading Westworld, S02E05: Backstory and Metaphor