While it may not come as much of a shock, it’s still nice to hear the official word: HBO’s just-underway current season of Westworld won’t mark our final trip to the world’s most lavish — and most disastrous — amusement park.
Confirming something we’ve pretty much taken for granted since Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood made news last month by securing equal pay for future headlining appearances on the show, HBO says it has given the green light to a third season of Westworld, its most successful series since Game of Thrones.
“Following the show’s recent season-two premiere, HBO has renewed the Emmy-winning drama series Westworld for a third season,” the network said in a statement provided to SYFY WIRE.
With the show’s second season just now hitting TVs, plans for what comes after — and when we’ll be seeing it — are early and tentative. But with the early announcement, HBO apparently hopes to avoid the kind of interstitial delay that separated Westworld’s first and second seasons (and has similarly affected the release of the final season of Game of Thrones).
Things picked right up where Season 1 left off when Season 2 of the hit show made its April 22 debut. If you haven’t yet seen Westworld, it would be a crime to spoil things, so let’s just say that, in contrast with Season 1, being a human guest inside the sprawling amusement park for the mega-rich is no longer the safe bet it once was.
Executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Richard J. Lewis, Roberto Patino, Athena Wickham, and Ben Stephenson, Season 2 returns Wood (Dolores) and Newton (Maeve), along with Ed Harris (the Man in Black), Jeffrey Wright (Bernard), James Marsden (Teddy), and a bevy of new cast members to help unfurl the park’s backstory — including its still-mysterious Shogun World section.
“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, HBO’s president of programming. “From the inspired storytelling to the incredible visuals, we are so excited to see where the next chapter will take us.”
You can catch new episodes of Westworld’s second season each Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO, or by subscribing to the HBO channel on Amazon Prime.