In the midst of its third season, HBO has renewed the sci-fi epic “Westworld” for a fourth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The renewal comes just days after the announcement of the official launch date for HBO Max, which will see all of its original programming available on the streaming service.
Created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, “Westworld” premiered in October 2016 to critical acclaim, and has evolved from a Western setting to a dystopian one over the years. With two episodes left of the current season, fans can get excited knowing this is not the end of the line for Dolores & co, although a renewal was always likely given the many mysteries and stories the show currently has going on.
While the first two seasons of the series had 10 episodes each, this current season only has 8, and it’s reportedly unknown whether that will be a trend going forward for the fourth season or not.
Included in The Hollywood Reporter’s article is the following quote from HBO programming president Casey Bloys:
“From the Western theme park to the technocratic metropolis of the near future, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed every twist and turn from the minds of master storytellers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. We can’t wait to see where their inspired vision takes us next.”
The series stars Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth, and Aaron Paul, with previous cast members including James Marsden and legendary actor Anthony Hopkins.
The Television Academy has also taken to “Westworld” despite its sci-fi genre, with the first two seasons nominated for Outstanding Drama Series and several nominations for its cast, including a win for Newton in its most recent year of eligibility.
The show is recapped weekly here at AwardsCircuit by Alan French and his review of the most recent sixth episode of the season can be found here.