To the surprise of probably no one, HBO has renewed Westworld, the heavily dissected sci-fi drama for a third season. Still to be determined however is just when season three will return after the Warner Bros. Television drama took more than a year between seasons so showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan could complete writing the complex sophomore run before production began. This was mainly done to keep the twisty series from experiencing the multiple delays that plagued its freshman run.
When season three debuts will also be impacted by the return of Game of Thrones. With GOT taking the year off to film its gigantic eighth and final season, HBO positioned Westworld as the main player for the network. This would indicate that Westworld probably won’t be back until 2020.
In a statement by HBO Programming President Casey Bloys, he spoke about working with the cast and crew on the multifaceted series:
“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. From the inspired storytelling to the incredible visuals, we are so excited to see where the next chapter will take us.”
The hit series was a critical favorite during its first season and season two of Westworld returned April 22, mostly even with its 2016 premiere with 3 million viewers across multiple platforms (including HBO Go and HBO Now). That’s off a modest 9 percent from the 3.3 million who tuned in for the series premiere.
HBO has quite a bit riding on Westworld, with the J.J. Abrams-produced drama considered the heir apparent to Game of Thrones. With HBO developing multiple Game of Thrones spin-offs, Bloys has remained adamant that none will premiere until well after the final season of the flagship — which will premiere sometime in 2019.
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright and James Marsden lead the ensemble cast of the Bad Robot-produced Westworld from Warner Bros. Television, where Joy, Nolan and Abrams are all under overall deals.