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HBO cancels 'Westworld' in shock decision

The acclaimed sci-fi drama is considered over after its most recent fourth season, though creators hope that a fifth season will do.


Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld


Closed Westworld .

After the recent fourth season, the network decided to cancel the sci-fi drama.

An unexpected fate for a series once considered one of HBO’s biggest tentacles – a critically acclaimed mystery box series 12 Emmy nominations (including winning supporting actress for Thandieway Newton).

Last month, co-creator Jonathan Nolan said in an interview He hopes HBO will give the series a fifth season to wrap up the show’s ambitious story of a robot uprising that changed the fate of humanity. “We’ve been planning a fifth and final season,” Nolan said. “We’re still having conversations with the network. We really want to make them.” Co-creator Lisa Joy likewise said that the series has been working towards a specific ending: “Jonah and I have always had one that we hoped to achieve. The finale. We haven’t quite reached it yet.”

However, linear ratings for the expensive series dropped sharply in the third season, and then further down in the fourth.


critics average at Rotten Tomatoes 1235139135 also dropped from the middle 12 first two seasons to mid-season 70 for the latter two. Fans have increasingly complained that the show has become tangled and tangled in its mythology, and that it lacks characters to support. Clouding it all is the fact that Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav has promised aggressive cost-cutting, though network insiders insist that saving money wasn’t a factor in the show’s cancellation.

Nonetheless, HBO — and a growing number of other cable networks and streamers — generally like to give major series creators time to craft an ending for a serial because it can Prevent its subscribers from getting upset (see: at Deadwood

being Years-long fan outrage after the ax). Furthermore, a show that can advertise a beginning, middle and end arguably increases its perceived value as a streaming and home video product compared to a title that feels unfinished.

Westworld Season 4 However, this is not exactly a suspense. Its final moments can be said to be rather ambiguous (as in our playoff interview with Joy, of which THR

Associate Editor Abbey White noted, “It feels like the show could have ended there”).

Here’s HBO’s statement: “Over the past four seasons, Lisa and [Jonathan] have led audiences on a mind-bending adventure that raises the bar every step of the way. We A huge thank you to them, along with their talented cast, producers and crew, and all of our partners at Kilter Films, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television. It’s been an exciting journey with them.”

Here’s a statement from Kilter Films: “Producing Westworld has been one of the highlights of our careers. We are so grateful to our extraordinary cast and crew for creating these indelible characters and brilliant worlds. We were fortunate enough to briefly time to tell these stories about humanity and the future beyond consciousness.”

HBO also has several tentacle shows, including the newly launched Dragon House

together with successor ,

White Lotus and Euphoria , plus the upcoming zombie apocalypse thriller The Last of Us 1235199600.

Also, like the often resurrected droids on the show, assuming there will never be a Westworld once. If dead wood

can get a movie 54 years after the series is complete, it is always possible Westworld can also be restarted. 1235139135 THR Newsletter

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