Westworld has already been renewed for Season 3, but with potentially six seasons planned, what kind of end game does the HBO series have lined up?
Speaking to EW, showrunner Jonathan Nolan teased the future, and ultimate end, of Westworld:
When we wrote the pilot we thought we’d get a bit further [into the story during season 1] than we did. The shape of the season emerges as you get down to writing. We want to feel like the show is rocketing ahead, and want to be fearless. We have an idea about how this breaks down but it’s not so much the number of seasons but the ambition of the story we’re telling. These hosts don’t live on the same timeframe we do and don’t have the four-year lifespan as [Blade Runner] Replicants. If left to their own devices, they could live forever. So our story has some real scope to it. There’s a story here with a beginning and middle and end. To that end, we don’t like to endlessly build mystery. We like to settle our debts by the end of the season. We view each season as a self-contained chapter and the questions [raised at the start of each season] are largely answered by the end of each season. We want each season to feel satisfying the way a film franchise feels satisfying with each film. We want you excited to come back after 18 months but that you haven’t been left hanging on the edge of a cliffhanger — that doesn’t really feel fair to the audience.
Westworld Season 3 is slated to premiere in 2020.
Stay tuned as we continue tracking the cancel/renew status of Westworld Season 4, and the show’s ultimate end game…