HBO renews Westworld for Season 4
Staff Reporter | On 23, Apr 2020
HBO has renewed Westworld for a fourth season.
The sci-fi thriller, based on the Michael Crichton movie from the 1970s, has grown from a post-modern Western into a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth. The ambitious epic has already been positioned as the cable network’s replacement for Game of Thrones, so it is no surprise that it should be given the green light for a third run before it’s third has even finished.
Season 3 has seen many of its stars return, including Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores, Thandie Newton as Maeve, Ed Harris as the Man in Black, Jeffrey Wright as Bernard, Tessa Thompson as Charlotte, and Luke Hemsworth as Stubbs. Joining the cast were Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), Lena Waithe (Master of None), Scott Mescudi (Need for Speed), Marshawn Lynch, John Gallagher, Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane), Michael Ealy (2 Fast 2 Furious) and Tommy Flanagan (Gladiator).
How long we will have to wait to see any of them back in action again is anybody’s guess – even without taking into account the coronavirus pandemic currently delaying productions, it was a two-year gap between Season 2 and 3.
“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,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said in a statement. “We can’t wait to see where their inspired vision takes us next.”
THR reports that the renewal is part of Nolan and Joy’s payout following their nine-figure overall deal they signed with Amazon last year. The showrunners are tied to Amazon for new projects, but their deal included payment for continuing to serve as showrunners on Westworld for what is reported to be as many as six seasons.