There’s little doubt that the HBO series “Westworld” grabbed a spot as one of the biggest shows on television last year. While critical reception for the show seemed to turn last season, it still picked up 21 total Emmy nominations. It’s already picked up three awards at the Creative Arts Emmys, with five more nominations still up this weekend. One of the areas where the show continues to succeed is on the performance front. In two seasons, the show picked up 9 acting nominations. With the potential for Anthony Hopkins to leave the show moving forward, there’s a gap in the ensemble to fill. That makes HBO’s news that Aaron Paul will be joining the series quite interesting.
According to Deadline, Paul will join the sci-fi blockbuster in its upcoming third season. The belief is that Paul will take on a regular cast role, elevating him above a guest or recurring role. If this ends up being the case, then Paul could become an important piece of the show moving forward.
Paul gained the attention of the television academy while on “Breaking Bad” from 2008 to 2013. During that time, he was nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actor category five times. In that run, we won three of the five awards. Since “Breaking Bad” he also executive produces “BoJack Horseman” and “The Path” for Hulu.
The end of the last season left the series rather open. Many of the hosts have made it out of Westworld. Others moved on through the Door. With new openings and a far grander world to explore, adding new characters would be a necessity. Considering the scale and scope of the series, picking up high profile actors would help. Whatever Paul’s role will be, it will be one of the most anticipated questions to be answered in the next season.