Aaron Paul has joined the cast of Westworld for its third season.
A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth, HBO’s show is based on the Michael Crichton movie from the 1970s. Created for television by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the ambitious sci-fi epic is already been positioned as the cable network’s replacement for Game of Thrones, which is due to end with its final season in 2019.
HBO hasn’t hidden its confidence in the show’s ability to deliver on that promise, renewed the series for a third run before Season 2 had even reached its halfway point.
“It’s been an extraordinary pleasure to work with the exceptionally talented Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, as well as their gifted cast and crew,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming, in a statement.
Now, that cast is expanding, and it’s doing so in style, with Breaking Bad alumnus Aaron Paul signing on. Paul, who has recently impressed with Hulu’s cult drama The Path, already has three Emmys under his belt – a perfect match for Westworld, which has 21 Emmy nods clocked up. Details on his character are unknown, but Deadline, which broke the news, reports that Paul will be a series regular. Paul will next be seen in Apple’s Are You Sleeping?, an anthology series with the actor committed to Season 1’s story arc.
HBO renews Westworld for Season 3
1st May 2018
HBO has renewed Westworld for Season 3, before Season 2 has even reached its halfway point.
A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth, the show is based on the Michael Crichton movie from the 1970s. It’s created for television by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, who are also executive producers. Positioned as HBO’s big-hitting franchise to replace Game of Thrones, Season 1 didn’t disappoint, debuting in October 2016 and becoming the network’s most-watched freshman series ever.
Season 2 appears to be doing just as well, with HBO announcing this evening that it has greenlit a third season, only two episodes into its second run.
“It’s been an extraordinary pleasure to work with the exceptionally talented Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, as well as their gifted cast and crew,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming, in a statement. “From the inspired storytelling to the incredible visuals, we are so excited to see where the next chapter will take us.”
“Westworld flies along with wit, humour and genuine peril – this is an upgrade of the smartest order,” we wrote in our spoiler-free review of the second season. “The show itself feels like it’s undergoing a similar evolution, pushing and pulling its own limits – from Western-style shootouts to pertinent observations on personal data – to discover its future. There are fewer puzzles here, but endless new ground to explore.”
You can read along weekly with our spoiler-filled, speculation-heavy reviews of each episode here.
Westworld Season 2 airs in the UK at 2am on Mondays on Sky Atlantic, and is available on-demand after that simulcast. Don’t have Sky? You can also stream Westworld legally on NOW TV, which gives live and on-demand streaming access to Sky’s main TV channels, including FOX UK (Legion) and Sky Atlantic (Billions), for £7.99 a month – with no contract and a 14-day free trial.