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Westworld renewed for fourth season at HBO


Story by Jack Foley

WESTWORLD has been renewed for a fourth season.

The critically-acclaimed sci-fi drama from Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan is currently nearing the end of its third season, which has placed a greater emphasis on futuristic sets and special effects. Hence, a return date has yet to be determined, especially given there has usually been a two year gap between each season.

It has also not been confirmed how many episodes the fourth run will comprise: season two and three had 10 episodes, but season three has been confined to just eight.

HBO programming president Casey Bloys said in a statement announcing the renewal: “From the Western theme park to the technocratic metropolis of the near future, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed every twist and turn from the minds of master storytellers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. We can’t wait to see where their inspired vision takes us next.”

Westworld remains a key piece in HBO’s scripted originals line-up, especially now that Game of Thrones has concluded.

And while season three returned with fewer viewers (1.7 million in total as opposed to 2.05 million for the latter part of season two), the renewal forms part of Joy and Nolan’s larger pay-out as part of their nine-figure overall deal the duo signed with Amazon last year.

That deal sees the married couple creating new projects for Amazon while still receiving upfront payment for their services as showrunners on Westworld for what sources say will be its final three seasons – thereby taking it to season six.

Read our Westworld: Season 3 coverage