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HBO Suddenly Cancels Their Ambitious Sci-Fi Series

Dec 10, 2022

After four seasons, HBO’s ambitious series “Westworld” from showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan is officially ending. “Westworld” was mainly about sentient robots, aka hosts, created for a lavish theme park for the extremely rich where “anything goes.” Eventually, after killing a heap of humans, they make their way outside the park into a dystopian future society.
“Westworld” was actually renewed for a fifth and final season in August, but clearly, under the new leadership of David Zaslav at Warner Bros. Discovery, who is taking a hard look at data, cost, and numbers, HBO was forced to renege on this decision.
This unfortunate news was announced via Deadline and comes after diminishing ratings in the last couple of seasons (see ratings data below), along with show creators Nolan/Joy singing a huge overall development deal with Amazon back in 2019 while the series was still active. The creative duo has also been behind the new cyberpunk series “The Peripheral” based on the William Gibson novel, the Hugh Jackman-led sci-fi thriller “Reminiscence,” and the upcoming series adaptation of the popular post-apocalypse video game, “Fallout.” Some may argue their focus on the series got stretched too thin after season two and that the Amazon deal and “Westworld” kept taking big risks in twists that started to alienate audiences after its hit first season.
READ MORE: Lisa Joy Talks’ Reminiscence,’ The Future Of ‘Westworld,’ ‘Blade Runner’ & More [The Fourth Wall Podcast]
The show’s fantastic cast consists of Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, Thandiwe Newton, James Marsden, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth, Angela Sarafyan, Aaron Paul, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Shannon Woodward, Zahn McClarnon, Rodrigo Santoro, Clifton Collins Jr., Vincent Cassel, and Tommy Flanagan.
If you weren’t aware, the original film from 1973 was written and directed by the late author Michael Crichton (“Jurassic Park”). It focused on a futuristic theme park of realistic robots created by advanced science that eventually rebelled and started killing human patrons. “Magnificent Seven” actor Yul Brynner played the main killer robot from the western-themed park, which obviously helped inspire other sci-fi projects like “The Terminator.” In the HBO series, other park divisions started to open up, such as Shōgunworld and Warworld.
Season 4 of “Westworld” ended back in August, concluding the show’s run, but clearly, all the cast and creators thought they initially had one more kick at the can of finishing the story properly.

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