HBO apparently cancelled its Emmy-winning sci-fi drama “Westworld” in a decision that surprised many people after filming their fourth season.
The sci-fi drama, which debuted on the top cabler in 2016, has reportedly been formally canceled after its fourth season, according to THR. Even though the series had a solid beginning with excellent ratings and favorable reviews, a lot has changed with the series since then. By season 3, viewership had already started to decline, and season 4 saw much worse declines. Additionally, viewers had been complaining about the convoluted narratives.
The cancellation came only about three months after the series’ fourth season ended in August. Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Aaron Paul, and Thandiwe Newton were among the cast members.
Newton earned a best supporting actress Emmy in 2018, and the series received more than 50 nominations and won nine awards from the TV academy.
In a statement lauding the show creators and executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy for taking “viewers on a mind-bending odyssey, raising the bar at every step,” and saluted the “immensely talented” actors and crew.
“Over the past four seasons, Lisa and Jonah have taken viewers on a mind-bending odyssey, raising the bar at every step,” reads a statement by HBO addressing the cancelation. “We are tremendously grateful to them, along with their immensely talented cast, producers and crew, and all of our partners at Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television. It’s been a thrill to join them on this journey.”
An additional statement from Kiltner Films adds: “Making Westworld has been one of the highlights of our careers. We are deeply grateful to our extraordinary cast and crew for creating these indelible characters and brilliant worlds. We’ve been privileged to tell these stories about the future of consciousness – both human and beyond – in the brief window of time before our AI overlords forbid us from doing so.”
Nolan stated to The Hollywood Reporter in October that he hoped HBO will allow a fifth season to fully wound up the show, which debuted its premiere in 2016 and quickly became a ratings triumph for the cable network. Both the third and fourth seasons saw a decline in viewers.
The first season of the television show “Westworld” took place in a Western-themed amusement park where visitors may use androids to live out their fantasies. Later, the show expanded into a war between humans and artificial intelligence on a worldwide scale.