Westworld season three hasn’t even finished airing yet, and a fourth season has already been announced.
While the dramatic finale will air in Australia on Foxtel on May 4, series creators and husband-and-wife team, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are already looking to the future for the dystopian sci-fi thriller.
“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,” HBO president Casey Bloys said in a statement.
“We can’t wait to see where their inspired vision takes us next.”
Season three has been met with critical acclaim and according to Nolan in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, it has “been an exploration of the technological and cultural moment we find ourselves in” and that the characters are in a world that’s a “linear extension of the world we’re in now”.
“Sure, there have been global, political, transformative events, but it’s basically a straight line. You have a technological elite and you have ever more concentration of capital amongst a group of people who control.”
This season, we saw a handful of robot “hosts” who called the titular theme park home, escape into the real world.
Cast members included Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, and Jeffrey Wright made a return and Tessa Thomspon, Aaron Paul, and Vincent Cassel made their series debut.
And while it’s not clear what the fourth season will bring, both Nolan and Joy say it could be their last and that we’ll have to wait at least 18-20 months for it to be released.
In the meantime, we cannot wait for the finale.
Westworld is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton film of the same name and is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the question of free will.