HBO’s Westworld renewed for season three


HBO’s Westworld has been renewed for a third season.

Just two episodes into its second season, HBO announced Tuesday that Westworld has been renewed for a third season. Considering the series is HBO’s second most viewed show behind the untouchable Game of Thrones, it is only reasonable they would want to keep Westworld going strong.

Season one averaged 13.2 million views per episode across all platforms, with a steady increase throughout the season. Despite the season two premiere rating on par with the season one finale, the initial lack of increased viewership still leaves it the network’s second biggest hit. Not to mention, the general consensus this season has been even better than its freshman run. The critical acclaim should be enough for HBO to maintain this year’s ratings heading into season three.

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The series, based on the 1973 movie written by Michael Crichton (which offers some fun comparisons and references for fans), is about a collection of historical theme parks populated by lifelike androids called Hosts. The series obviously focuses mainly on Westworld, the wild west park, but has started to incorporate their other parks – such as Shogun World — into the narrative.

It is produced by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s Kilter Films and J.J. Abrams Bad Robot and stars Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Jimmi Simpson, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, and Thandie Newton.

At this point in the season, it is difficult to see exactly where season three would take us. For obvious reasons, the concept of the show is a little Jurassic Park-esque, with humans developing science they are not yet advanced enough to properly control. Perhaps the current host rebellion will fail and the humans will start all over again, thinking the experience has taught them how to control their creations. But I don’t think it will be that simple. We don’t have all the information yet, least of all the secret purpose of the park and its technology. There’s more here than meets the eye.

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This season has demonstrated just how great the show is and it’s exciting to know HBO plans to continue it. Which direction do you think Westworld should go in for next season? Sound off in the comments with your thoughts about HBO’s sci-fi hit.

Source: Variety